Free Braille Books Program

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Get the Word Out! | Braille Files of Previous Mailings

What would your students or children like to read in 2018?A young girl reads a Braille book.
Later this year, the American Action Fund team will be choosing books for Brailling in the 2018 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.

Do you have ideas? Whether your ideas meet these criteria or not, please write to us at actionfund@actionfund.org or communityrelations@actionfund.org or call 410-659-9315, extension 2287.

This Year's Titles

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 trying something a little different. We will be producing, in UEB Braille, the National Geographic Kids magazine. This magazine encourages readers to protect the planet’s resources and to learn more about geography, adventure, wildlife, science, and their peers around the world. It contains a superb blend of fun facts and articles presented in a cheerful style, making it perfect for keeping children’s attention. This magazine will engage and interest readers from grade levels K-6. There will be 10 issues for 2017 starting with the December/January issue.

Many teachers across the country use National Geographic Kids magazine in their classrooms. It helps them teach science, geography, technology, and math in a thought provoking, fun way.

Also, during the months of February and June you will have adventures with Oskar and Klaus, a feline odd couple. Oskar, blind since birth, seeks out new adventures and things to do, while Klaus prefers to play it safe by lounging in the house.

The first book is Oskar & Klaus Present The Search for Bigfoot. Oskar and Klaus go on a camping trip and end up searching for Bigfoot which leads them on a quest deep into the forest.

Next, go with Oskar and Klaus on The Mission to Cataria where they travel 150,000 miles from home! They have volunteered to be official Astrocats to save Earth from a mysterious asteroid.

All children signed up for the Free Braille Books Program will receive all titles this year. We wish you happy reading!!

If you would like to enroll in the program, please scroll down just past this section and either fill out the online or Word application.

Enroll

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
E-mail: actionfund@actionfund.org

Unsubscribe

To unsubscribe from the Free Braille Books Program or change your current information, please email actionfund@actionfund.org or communityrelations@actionfund.org.  You may also call (410) 659-9315, extension 2287.

History of the Program

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 318 titles in Braille and given them away to more than 20,000 subscribers.

Get the Word Out!

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 actionfund@actionfund.org or communityrelations@actionfund.org. 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.

December/January
National Geographic Kids - December 2016/January 2017

November
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

October
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins

September
Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues
The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising, Volume 1

The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising, Volume 2
The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising, Volume 3

 

August
Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Love

July
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
The 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet, Volume 2
The 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet, Volume 3
The 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet, Volume 4

June 2016
Pete the Cat: Scuba Cat

May 2016
Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Life
The 39 Clues: Storm Warning, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: Storm Warning, Volume 2
The 39 Clues: Storm Warning, Volume 3

April 2016
Pete the Cat: Robo-Pete

March 2016
Pete the Cat's Big Easter Adventure
39 Clues: The Emperor's Code, Volume 1
39 Clues: The Emperor's Code, Volume 2

39 Clues: The Emperor's Code, Volume 3

February 2016
Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool

January 2016
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
39 Clues: The Viper's Nest, Volume 1
39 Clues: The Viper's Nest, Volume 2
39 Clues: The Viper's Nest, Volume 3

 

December 2015
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

November 2015
Pete the Cat's Train Trip
The 39 Clues: In Too Deep, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: In Too Deep, Volume 2
The 39 Clues: In Too Deep, Volume 3

October 2015
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

September 2015
Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction
The 39 Clues: The Black Circle, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: The Black Circle, Volume 2

August 2015
Pete the Cat: Rock On, Mom and Dad

July 2015
Pete the Cat: Cavecat Pete
The 39 Clues: Beyond the Grave, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: Beyond the Grave, Volume 2

June 2015
Pete the Cat: Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana

May 2015
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach
The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief, Volume 2

April 2015
Pete the Cat: Play Ball

March 2015
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
The 39 Clues: One False Note, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: One False Note, Volume 2

February 2015
Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch

January 2015
Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School
The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, Volume 1
The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, Volume 2

December 2014
Mice on Ice

November 2014
Bad Apple - A Tale of Friendship
Everest:  The Summit, Volume 1
Everest:  The Summit, Volume 2

October 2014
Miss Fox's Class Gets It Wrong

September 2014
Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do
Everest:  The Climb, Volume 1
Everest:  The Climb, Volume 2

August 2014
Boy, Bird and Dog

July 2014
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Everest:  The Contest, Volume 1
Everest:  The Contest, Volume 2

June 2014
Rat and Roach Friends to the End

May 2014
Otto the Book Bear
Titanic: S.O.S., Volume 1
Titanic: S.O.S., Volume 2

April 2014
Piggy Bunny

March 2014
I'll Save You Bobo!
Titanic: Collision Course, Volume 1
Titanic: Collision Course, Volume 2

February 2014
Llama Llama Time to Share

January 2014
Big Mean Mike
Titanic: Unsinkable, Volume 1
Titanic: Unsinkable, Volume 2

December 2013
Ollie and Moon Aloha!

November 2013
Twinky the Dinky Dog
Club CSI: The Case of the Plagued Play, Volume 1

Club CSI: The Case of the Plagued Play, Volume 2

October 2013
Hooray for Hair! - Cat in the Hat

September 2013
Home for Christmas-Cat in the Hat
Club CSI: The Case of the Digital Deception, Volume 1
Club CSI: The Case of the Digital Deception, Volume 2

August 2013
Fox and Crow Are Not Friends

July 2013
Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner
Club CSI: The Case of the Ruined Ram, Volume 1
Club CSI: The Case of the Ruined Ram, Volume 2

June 2013
The Stinky Giant

May 2013
Trains!

April 2013
How to Help the Earth by the LORAX

March 2013
Gulliver in Lilliput
Club CSI: The Case of the Mystery Meatloaf, Volume One
Club CSI: The Case of the Mystery Meatloaf, Volume Two

February 2013
Monster Trucks!

January 2013
Paddywack
Club CSI: The Case of the Missing Moola, Volume One
Club CSI: The Case of the Missing Moola, Volume Two

December 2012
Hungry, Hungry Sharks

November 2012
Johnny Appleseed:  My Story
The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa, Volume One
The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa, Volume Two

October 2012
Gorillas:  Gentle Giants of the Forest

September 2012
How Oliver Olson Changed the World
Eat My Dust! Henry Ford's First Race

August 2012
S-S-Snakes!

July 2012
Trouble Maker, Volume One
Trouble Maker, Volume Two
Paul Bunyan, My Story

June 2012
Whales: The Gentle Giants

May 2012
A Dog Called Kitty, Volume One
A Dog Called Kitty, Volume Two
Christopher Columbus

April 2012
Monster Bugs

March 2012
The 100-Year-Old Secret, Volume One
The 100-Year-Old Secret, Volume Two
Listen Up! Alexander Graham Bell's Talking Machine

February 2012
Amazing Armadillos

January 2012
George Washington and the General's Dog
Lost and Found, Volume One
Lost and Found, Volume Two 

December 2011
Twisters