Free Braille Books Program
What would your students or children like to read in 2016?
Later this year, the American Action Fund team will be choosing books for Brailling in the 2016 Free Braille Books program. The books for the younger children are for grades kindergarten through second. There is one book each month in this category. The books for the older children are for grades three through six. There will be a book every other month for this age group. We choose books that have not been Brailled before and that are newly written (within the last two or three years). If we can find a series or chapter books, we love to get those in the hands of our readers.
Of course, we want books that are popular, that all would like to read, and that will suit both boys and girls.
Each year the AAF breaks new ground by offering fresh and interesting titles and series that are sometimes overlooked in the Braille community. This year we are featuring the Pete the Cat series of books for our younger readers. You never know what adventure or trouble Pete will get into. He always seems to learn something along the way. A few upcoming titles are: Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School, Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana, Pete at the Beach, and Cavecat Pete.
For our older readers we are featuring The 39 Clues series of books. From The Maze of Bones to The Black Circle and beyond, these books are sure to keep you guessing and trying to find all of the 39 clues with the Cahill's. Amy and Dan Cahill discover that they are part of the most powerful family in history. The source of this power is hidden in 39 clues scattered around the world. The first clue is somehow connected to Benjamin Franklin. Go with them on their mysterious journey's to find all 39 clues!
Participants may choose to receive all or any combination of these titles, as they like. And the books are free and theirs to keep. All blind youth, blind parents, teachers of the blind, schools, and libraries serving the blind are eligible to participate in this program. Participants may enroll in or withdraw from the program at any time.
To enroll, fill out our Free Braille Books online application, or use the Word version of our Free Braille Books application to mail, fax, or email to the address below:
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Free Braille Books Program
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9315, ext. 2287
Fax: (410) 685-2340
To unsubscribe from the Free Braille Books Program or change your current information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may also call (410) 659-9315, extension 2287.
In 1997, the American Action Fund started this program to provide blind children a free Braille book every month from a popular children's reading series. The books are for the children to keep and collect for as long as they want them. The titles published every month are the same titles that are available in bookstores and public libraries everywhere. Since 1997, the program has produced over 306 titles in Braille and given them away to more than 20,000 subscribers.
Here are some comments from parents testifying to the benefit of the American Action Fund's Free Braille Books program:
As a blind parent of three children, two blind and one sighted, I am always looking for books in Braille to read aloud. I very much appreciate receiving books from the American Action Fund, and my children also look forward to helping me rip open the envelope to discover what book is inside. Recently, I read Rat and Roach, Friends to the End to my two youngest children, ages four and two. My seven-year-old also sat down to listen about halfway through the story, after he heard us laughing.
This book was enjoyable for everyone. The descriptions of the pictures helped us follow the story. This book had a great story to tell about how two very different animals can be friends, and how their friendship can persist even after a fight. I love books which help teach important life lessons, and I am sure I will pull this book out again at some point in order to help my children through rocky friendship issues. I also very much enjoyed watching my two-year-old, who is blind, running her fingers over the Braille in this book after I had finished reading it. Of course she wasn't really reading the words, but it was great to be able to share a wonderful story with her, and my other two children, and then to have her be able to experience the Braille in the book after the story was done.
Such comments help us to let others know about the Free Braille Books program and what a wonderful resource it is.
We know that children love getting the Braille books in the mail, but we are not able to express it the way you can from first hand knowledge. It is important to have your thoughts in your own words, as well as those of your children or students.
Please let us hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may also call 410-659-9315, extension 2287. If you would like to provide us with additional feedback about our program, please use this short questionnaire.
As we send the 2015 titles out each month, we will make the corresponding BRF files available here. Download your free Braille books electronically below.
The files for the Pete the Cat series are available monthly, and the files for The 39 Clues books are available every other month.
As you will see, you can download books from as far back as December of 2011.
For more information, read the official press release.
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving
Pete the Cat: Rock On, Mom and Dad
Pete the Cat: Play Ball
Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch
Mice on Ice
Miss Fox's Class Gets It Wrong
Boy, Bird and Dog
Rat and Roach Friends to the End
Llama Llama Time to Share
Ollie and Moon Aloha!
Hooray for Hair! - Cat in the Hat
Fox and Crow Are Not Friends
The Stinky Giant
How to Help the Earth by the LORAX
Hungry, Hungry Sharks
Gorillas: Gentle Giants of the Forest
Whales: The Gentle Giants