Braille Book Review

November-December 2009

Books for Children

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library.


Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children         BR 17614
by Caroline Kennedy
1 volume
Treasury of Caroline Kennedy's best-loved childhood verses about animals, seasons, adventures, and bedtime. Features familiar classics by Shakespeare, Basho, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Ogden Nash as well as contemporary works by Nikki Giovanni, Jack Prelutsky, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Kennedy's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, among many. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Dangerous Book for Boys         BR 17474
by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
3 volumes
Descriptions of games and outdoor activities alternate with historical facts and stories of courage. Includes instructions for tying five basic knots, building a go-cart, playing chess, and making crystals. Discusses famous battles and profiles explorers. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2007.

Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane         BR 17622
by Judith Williams
1 volume
Describes the hard work and excitement of the Illinois Burpee Museum employees, from hunting for fossils in the Montana badlands in 2001 to the opening of the dinosaur exhibit in 2005 that features their discovery, a young Tyrannosaurus rex. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Man o' War: Best Racehorse Ever         BR 17858
by Jennifer Guess McKerley
1 volume
Discusses the life and major races of the horse named "Greatest Horse of the Century" in 1999. Describes his growth and restless behavior as well as his first race at two years old, championships, and eight speed records. Uncontracted braille. For grades K-3. 2005.

Japan         BR 17701
by Charles Phillips
1 volume
An overview of this East Asian island country. Discusses Japan's geography, weather, plants and animals, government, economy, holidays, culture, and history, including the era of samurai warriors. Includes a glossary of common Japanese phrases. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Get Hooked Again: Simple Steps to Crochet More Cool Stuff         BR 17830
by Kim Werker
1 volume
Covers crochet basics--hook sizes and yarn-buying tips, stitching techniques, and gauge. Provides fifteen patterns of varying difficulty, from a simple scarf to a chunky hat crocheted in the round. Projects include a choker, a tote, fingerless mitts, a vest, beaded slippers, and a floral pillow. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Helen's Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's Teacher         BR 18195
by Marfé Ferguson Delano
1 volume
Covers the life of Annie Sullivan (1866-1936), which changed dramatically in 1887 when she met blind and deaf pupil seven-year-old Helen Keller. Examines their breakthrough in communication, rise to fame, financial difficulties, and constant mutual respect and devotion. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out         BR 18197
by National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
2 volumes
Anthology of poems, presidential speeches, memoirs, and stories about the White House in Washington, D.C., from the time of its construction in 1801 through the residency of George W. Bush, 2001-2008. Introduction by historian David McCullough. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.

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