Braille Book Review

January-February 2010

Books for Children

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


And Nobody Got Hurt 2! The World's Weirdest, Wackiest and Most Amazing True Sports Stories         BR 17644
by Len Berman
1 volume
Sportscaster's second collection of sports bloopers and odd facts. Features baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf, tennis, and the Olympics. Recalls Venus Williams's penalty point for a broken strand of hair beads on the court. Explains why a football is not round. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Mexico         BR 17643
by Beth Gruber
1 volume
An overview of America's neighbor to the south. Describes Mexico's geography, climate, plants and animals, history, government, economy, and culture, which blends both Spanish and native traditions. Includes a glossary of common Spanish phrases. For grades 3-6. 2007.

China         BR 17732
by Jen Green
1 volume
An overview of the largest country in East Asia. Describes China's geography, plants and animals (including the giant panda), government, economy, holidays, culture, and long history beginning five thousand years ago. Includes a glossary of common Chinese phrases. For grades 3-6. 2006.

India         BR 17734
by A. Kamala Dalal
1 volume
An overview of this South Asian nation. Describes India's geography, plants and animals (including elephants), history, family life, festivals, government, economy, and culture. Includes a glossary of common phrases in Hindi, the national language. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Peru         BR 17641
by Anita Croy
1 volume
An overview of the third-largest country in South America. Describes Peru's variety of landscapes--coastal, mountain, and jungle--and its climate, plants and animals, government, economy, and people. Discusses the Inca and other early civilizations, the Spanish conquest, and Peru's modern blend of cultures. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Nigeria         BR 17639
by Bridget Giles
1 volume
An overview of this West African nation. Discusses Nigeria's geography, weather, plants and animals, history, government, economy, oil industry, and many diverse cultures and traditions. Includes a list of words and phrases one might hear in Nigeria. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Germany         BR 17733
by Henry Russell
1 volume
An overview of this central European country. Describes Germany's geography, plants and animals, government, economy, sports, family life, school system, culture, and history, including events such as World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Includes a glossary of common German phrases. For grades 3-6. 2007.

South Korea         BR 17642
by Tom Jackson
1 volume
An overview of this East Asian country. Describes Korea's geography, climate, plants and animals, government, economy, national holidays, culture, and history, including the impact of twentieth-century wars. Includes a glossary of common Korean phrases. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Cuba         BR 17731
by Jen Green
1 volume
An overview of this Latin American island nation. Describes Cuba's geography, plants and animals, history, holidays, economy, culture, and communist government. Includes a glossary of common Spanish phrases. For grades 3-6. 2007.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball         BR 18223
by Kadir Nelson
1 volume
Presents the history of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson moved to the major leagues in 1947 and broke the racial barrier. Discusses gifted athletes, discrimination, and the players' passion for the sport. For grades 3-6 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2008.

Beyond Pluto: The Final Frontier in Space         BR 17878
by Elaine Landau
1 volume
Discusses astronomers' 1992 discovery of the Kuiper Belt and presents facts they have learned about this area of space near Pluto. Explains the role of unmanned space probes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and New Horizons in exploring the outer edge of our solar system. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Pluto: From Planet to Dwarf         BR 17877
by Elaine Landau
1 volume
Discusses astronomers' decision in August 2006 that Pluto is not a planet but belongs in a group called dwarf planets. Covers the discovery of Pluto and details its composition, orbit, and moon. Explains the change in Pluto's designation. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Paula Deen's My First Cookbook         BR 18192
by Paula Deen
1 volume
Introduces kitchen safety, cooking terms, measuring, setting the table, and manners. Features recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, birthday and holiday treats, dishes for parents, and arts and crafts projects. From the simple--ants on a log--to the more complicated--meat stew with veggies. Adult help recommended. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Up Close: Jane Goodall         BR 18207
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
1 volume
Biography of the British primatologist born in 1934 who has spent many years in Africa studying chimpanzees in the wild. Features her dedication to field research, her marriages, her family, the 1975 kidnapping of Jane's colleagues from Gombe, and her ongoing championing of chimpanzees. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Adventures of Sir Givret the Short: The Knights' Tales, Book 2         BR 18283
by Gerald Morris
1 volume
Young Givret, easily the shortest man at King Arthur's court, becomes a knight because of his clever mind and quick thinking, which he uses to help others. For grades 3-6. 2008.

What to Do about Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!         BR 18047
by Barbara Kerley
1 volume
Biography of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980) describes Alice's lifelong sense of adventure and curiosity to explore the world. Explains that because Alice was President Theodore Roosevelt's popular daughter, reporters wrote about her travels for newspapers and songwriters praised her in verse. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Tsunami!         BR 18044
by Kimiko Kajikawa
1 volume
In long-ago Japan, an old rice farmer living on a mountainside feels an earthquake during the rice-harvest celebration. As he watches the sea run away from the land, he takes a desperate action to warn the villagers below of the approaching tsunami. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

Armadillo Trail: The Northward Journey of the Armadillo         BR 18037
by Stephen R. Swinburne
1 volume
Describes the behavior, habits, and life cycle of an armadillo family--a mother and her four babies--living in Texas. Discusses their burrow, food choices, digging skills, and tactics used to flee predators. Includes a historical note about the armadillo's presence across the southern United States. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2009.

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