Celebrating Year of the Dragon with More Dragon Masters in Braille
February 10, 2024
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults has a deep commitment to Braille and the availability of a wide range of content in Braille. For a number of years, we have housed Braille ready files of the first seventeen books in the Dragon Masters book series from Scholastic written by Tracey West. These titles have been very popular among Braille readers and thus we have decided to celebrate the year of the dragon in 2024 by producing the next eight books in BRF (Braille Ready Format) including a title to be released later this year.
“As a Braille reader, a parent of two blind children, and someone born in the year of the dragon, I believe the commitment to making more books available is one of the most important things we do,” said Mark Riccobono, Executive Director of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. “Reading Braille is not a magical power, but it unlocks all of the same opportunities that print offers to the sighted and unfortunately, even in 2024, Braille is too often viewed as inferior. We confidently promote Braille as a powerful tool for all blind people.”
Dragon Masters is a book series from Scholastic written by Tracey West. The series is about the adventures of a variety of eight-year-old boys and girls who are teamed up with dragons. Many fun adventures are experienced in these books. For example, In Book 16 of the series, Tessa is the Dragon Master to the Sound Dragon, Sono. Tessa is clever, brave, and blind.
In the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, we know that Braille Readers Are Leaders. Much like the year of the dragon, Braille unlocks creativity, power, and confidence. Thanks to Scholastic, we are pleased to make this series available on our website in BRF files for blind children and their families to enjoy.
Transcription of books 1-17 was provided courtesy of the National Network for Equitable Library Service in Canada. Transcription of books 18-26 was done through the generosity of the American Action Fund as a gift to Braille readers for the year of the dragon. These files will be available on the Action Fund’s website in the coming months.
Here are the new titles to be added:
- Book 18: Heat of the Lava Dragon (2021)
- Book 19: Wave of the Sea Dragon (2021)
- Book 20: Howl of the Wind Dragon (2021)
- Book 21: Bloom of the Flower Dragon (2022)
- Book 22: Guarding the Invisible Dragons (2022)
- Book 23: Curse of the Shadow Dragon (2023)
- Book 24: Dawn of the Light Dragon (2023)
- Book 25: Legend of the Star Dragon (2023)
- Book 26: Cave of the Crystal Dragon (2024)