Braille Book Review

January-February 2010

Books for Children


Keep Your Ear on the Ball         BR 17046
by Genevieve Petrillo
1 volume
Davey, a new student who is blind, refuses all help from his sighted classmates, even while playing kickball at recess. The students figure out a way to help Davey help himself by using his hearing to full advantage--and keeping his independence. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2007.

First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story         BR 17045
by Rudolfo Anaya
1 volume
Cuando Jade regale comida al Espíritu del Monte y le pide la lluvia, el Espíritu le regale a ella el primer maíz para la gente mexicana. En casa, Jade sembra maíz en su jardín. Despues prepare masa de granos secos y cocina la primera tortilla. Para grados K a 3.(When Jade offers food to the Mountain Spirit and asks him for rain, he responds with a gift--the first corn for the Mexican people. Returning home, she plants some corn and after crushing the kernels, cooks the first tortilla. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3.) 2007.

Thousand Never Evers         BR 18219
by Shana Burg
2 volumes
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies--black residents of the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Brooklyn Bridge         BR 18212
by Karen Hesse
2 volumes
New York City, summer 1903. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes when his Russian-immigrant parents invent the teddy bear and turn their Brooklyn apartment into a factory. The glitter of nearby Coney Island contrasts with the plight of homeless children living under the Brooklyn Bridge. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes         BR 18039
by Mem Fox
1 volume
Babies born in different countries and in different circumstances have in common ten little fingers and ten little toes. Rhymed text. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2008.

House in the Night         BR 18041
by Susan Marie Swanson
1 volume
A soothing story about a child who reads a book before being tucked in for the night in a house full of moonlight. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Medal. 2008.

Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book         BR 18045
by Yuyi Morales
1 volume
Riding his bicycle to Grandma Beetle's birthday party, Señor Calavera meets Zelmiro the Ghost, who reminds him to take a gift. Señor Calavera collects an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents and with Zelmiro's help, finds the best gift of all. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Pura Belpré Honor Book. 2008.

Good Dog, Aggie         BR 18043
by Lori Ries
1 volume
When Ben's dog Aggie causes an uproar at obedience school, Ben tries to train her on his own. One day his friend Mr. Thomas, who is blind, also helps with Aggie's lessons. Finally Ben figures out what makes Aggie want to learn. Three brief chapters. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

Put It on the List!         BR 18038
by Kristen Darbyshire
1 volume
The chicken family has pancakes but no syrup and cookies but no milk. After serving a terrible casserole for supper, Mom finally flips out. The family agrees to help more with the grocery list and the shopping and comes up with a great emergency plan. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

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