September, 2022


Dear teachers and parents of the visually impaired and school librarians, 

Now in our 23rd year as an organization dedicated to promoting braille literacy for blind children, Wisconsin Braille Inc. is very pleased to offer another new selection of free braille books, financially supported by the Glen Stacey Fund. Once again, this year's collection was well researched and includes recommended children's books not already available in braille after checking the Louis database at the National Library Service (www.loc.gov/nls). 

 

The book selection committee is very excited to offer this particular collection of 12 books. Through both prose and poetry, it offers books that are fanciful and fun to read. Are you interested in print/braille books with delightful content which also teach early concepts and promote positive self-concept...or in an early chapter book that recounts the story of a young cane traveler? If so, you will find books in this collection to match your interests.  

 

While this project is supported by Glen Stacey funds, none of these funds are used by Wisconsin Braille for its day-to-day operations. We rely on our membership dues to support our other activities, including a newsletter and a website. If you appreciate receiving these free books, we would urge you to become a member of Wisconsin Braille Inc. Annual dues are only $10 for a regular membership or $30 for a sustaining membership. A membership form is attached; it can also be found on our website: www.wisbrl.org. Wisconsin Braille does not sell its membership list to any other organization. For your convenience, it is possible to pay dues or make a donation using PayPal, now loaded on our website.          

 

You do NOT need to be a member of Wisconsin Braille to order books from us. BUT one decided advantage of becoming a member of Wisconsin Braille Inc. is that you may order additional free books from our composite listings. A composite listing of UEB books has been posted and updated this fall to our website (www.wisbrl.org) in addition to a listing of books previously produced in EBAE.  

 

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything  by Annette Bay Pimentel

This is the true story of lifelong activist Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and her participation in the Capitol Crawl. This autobiographical picture book is beautifully illustrated and includes a foreword from Jennifer along with material in the back of the book detailing her life and the history of the disability rights movement. This book won the 2021 Schneider Family Book Award Young Children's Honor Book (American Library Association).

Ages 4 and up. Print/braille.

 

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

One day, a bear cub found something strange and wonderful in the forest...he touched it and discovered that it made sounds! The bear learned to make magical melodies. Visitors to the forest told him that it was a piano, and invited him to play in the big city where he became a star. But he missed his forest friends...what should he do now?

Grades 2-4. Print/braille.

 

By the Light of the Moon  by Fran Preston-Gannon

A little frog is singing to himself in the swamp one night. His song doesn't seem complete, so he invites other animals to join in. Nothing sounds right until the littlest voice joins the song-that of a tiny firefly.  

Grades 2-4. Print/braille.

 

Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri

Little ones love Daddy hugs: furry bear hugs, whiskered fox hugs, downy woodpecker hugs. Just-Daddy-and-me hugs. The author takes her readers on an imaginative woodland journey in this story about the special love that is shared by daddies and their little ones.

Grades K-2. Print/braille.

 

Hi! Fly Guy by Ted Arnold

This book is super silly. It follows a boy as he befriends a fly and goes on to win a prize at a pet contest after proving that the fly is in fact a pet. This book is also a perfect book for children making the transition from picture book to chapter book. It introduces the concept "chapters" in a non-threatening way by keeping them very sort and very silly. Boys will particularly love this book and yet it is perfect for all young readers.

Grades K-3.  Print/braille.


Listen by Gabi Snyder, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Isn't the world a noisy place? "But what if you stop, close your eyes, and LISTEN? Can you hear each sound? Can you hear the quiet?" This beautifully illustrated picture book follows a girl through her school day as she listens to sounds across the city: caws of crows, shouts across the playground, and finally, the quiet beating of her heart and whispered goodnights. 

Ages 4-8. Print/braille.

 

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy is not just a pig - she's a porcine wonder. She lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. One evening, while in bed with the Watsons, disaster looms. Mercy escapes and when she does, she "alerts the fire department." This whimsical and very funny tale is a perfect first chapter book for young readers.

Grades 1-4. Braille only.


 
Nana Loves You More by Jimmy Fallon (a New York Times Bestselling Author)

The author pays tribute to the special love and affection between children and their grandmothers whether they are called Nana, Granny, Grandma, or Abuela.

Grades K-2. Print/braille.

 

Off to the Park by Child's Play, illustrated by Stephen Cheetham

Come to the park! The park experience is so familiar to most children! This book has tactile features, play elements, high-contrast pictures and a rhythmic rhyming text.

Baby-5 years. Print/braille.

 

Tomatoes for Neela  by Padma Lakshmi

Neela loves to cook with Amma, her mother. Cooking also helps her feel closer to Paati who lives in India. In this warm story, Neela and Amma go to the market to buy tomatoes to make Paati's sauce. While they prepare the sauce together, Neela learns more about the tomatoes they chose. They even save a jar for Paati when she comes to visit!

PreK-2. Print/braille.

 

Two Canes on the Tundra by Mary Tellefson, illustrated by Destine Poulsen

The setting for this book is an Alaskan Yupik village. An eleven-year-old boy, Apu, is blind and has to rely on his older cousin to guide him around the village. A special teacher flies in to teach Apu how to use a white cane. He is resistant, but his grandfather, in a very touching ceremony, helps him to understand that his cane is a tool for independence, similar to the importance of tools to his ancestors. There is a glossary of Yupik words in the back of the book.

Ages 8 and up. Braille only.

 

Why Not You? by Ciara and Russell Wilson

Sometimes it's hard to imagine our big dreams coming true. But what if someone saw all the amazing and spectacular abilities of us instead-and asked "Why not you?" In this book, the authors, who are themselves the parents of three, encourage young readers to see themselves capable of achieving their dreams no matter what they are.

K-3. Print/braille.

 

Please remember to submit your order by December 31, 2022 at the latest, using the accompanying order form; return it to Sandy Adams, using the address on the form. All our books are now being produced in contracted braille only. Teachers, please work with your school librarians to make them aware of our project and answer any questions they may have. Likewise, please alert the parents with whom you work about our project, especially those who do not have ready access to school libraries; this group may well include the parents of preschool blind children. You should receive your books in the spring of 2023. Many thanks for using our service!

 

Special Book Project Committee Members,

Sandy Adams, Cindy Collins, Leanette Dieck,  Alison McKee

Email contact: adamssandra454@gmail.com