Braille Books Program
The Braille Books Program provides blind children a free Braille book every month from a popular children's reading series.
Since 1997, more than 330 titles from popular children's reading series have been distributed to thousands of blind children. Last year, the program provided more than 45,000 Braille books to blind children and classrooms across the country.
Through the Braille Books Program, blind children can discuss the newest book or magazine with their classmates and build their very own collection of books from popular children's reading series, just like their sighted friends.
The 2023 Book Selections Announced!
Every year, we break new ground by offering fresh and interesting titles and series that are sometimes overlooked in the Braille community. Starting January 2023, we will begin distributing UEB Braille copies of the selected books series to those participating in the free Braille Books Program. The 2023 Braille Book Program will include the following:
- January: Clubhouse Mysteries #1: The Buried Bones Mystery By Sharon M. Draper
- February: Clubhouse Mysteries #2: Lost in the Tunnel of Time By Sharon M. Draper
- March: Her Epic Adventure: 25 Women Who Inspire a Life Less Ordinary By Julia De Laurentis Johnston
- April: Clubhouse Mysteries #3: Shadows of Caesar’s Creek By Sharon M. Draper
- May: Clubhouse Mysteries #4: The Space Mission Adventure By Sharon M. Draper
- June: My Name is Maria Isabel By Alma Flor Ada
- July: Clubhouse Mysteries #5: The Backyard Animal Show By Sharon M. Draper
- August: Clubhouse Mysteries #6: Stars and Sparks On Stage By Sharon M. Draper
- September: Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics By Margarita Engle
- October: The Used-To-Be Best Friend (Jo Jo Makoons #1) By Dawn Quigley
- November: Fancy Pants (Jo Jo Makoons #2) By Dawn Quigley
- December: We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices By Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
Don't miss these wonderful books for the upcoming 2023 season!
How to Enroll
To enroll, each applicant must be blind or low vision, and be a Braille reader. Please fill out our Braille Books Program online application.
How to Unsubscribe
To unsubscribe from the Braille Books Program or change your current information, including address, email, or telephone number, please email [email protected] or call 410-659-9315.
History of the Program
In 1997, the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults started the Braille Books 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.
"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."
To send your own testimonial, email us at [email protected] or [email protected]. You may also call 410-659-9315. If you would like to provide us with additional feedback about our program, please use this short questionnaire.