Braille Book Review

November-December 2012

Books for Children

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


Fourteen Cows for America     BR 19002
by Carmen Agra Deedy
1 volume
Upon returning to his village in Kenya, Kimeli tells his people about the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11, 2001. In response, the Maasai villagers present fourteen cows–symbolic of life–as an offering to grieving Americans. Afterword by Kimeli Naiyomah. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2009.

Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper        BR 19023
by Julie Cummins
1 volume
Recounts the short career of Sam Patch (1807–1829), who combined his skills as a natural-born jumper and expert swimmer to successfully leap 120 feet into Niagara Falls, but who failed a 125-foot jump on Friday, November 13, 1829, at Genesee Falls. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

Once upon a Twice        BR 19026
by Denise Doyen
1 volume
One moonlit night a young mouse named Jam ignores the elders' warnings and sits alone near the lake—the perfect prey for a water snake. Written in nonsense verse. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures       BR 19050
by Carlyn Beccia
1 volume
Examines old folk cures for coughs, wounds, stomachaches, and other common ailments, such as the use of live frogs to treat sore throats in Medieval Europe. Presents multiple possible remedies for eight illnesses then explains why each would—or would not—actually work. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.

Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw         BR 19348
by Elaine Scott
1 volume
Recounts discoveries about the universe--seeing a star being born, tracking a galaxy light-years away, verifying the existence of dark energy--made since 1990 by scientists using the Hubble telescope. Discusses the 2009 mission to update Hubble so it could continue probing the mysteries of the cosmos. For grades 4-7. 2011.

Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems         BR 19388
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
1 volume
Nineteen short poems about different dinosaurs. "School Rules" warns dinosaurs not to eat their classmates. "Oops!" finds Carcharodontosaurus upset when his tooth pops out. Includes a guide to pronouncing dinosaur names. For grades K-3. 2011.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters        BR 20002
by Barack Obama
1 volume
President Obama praises thirteen American citizens–including Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez–whose contributions shaped our country. Expresses hope that these heroes will inspire his daughters and all children to pursue their own unique gifts and build up our nation. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2010.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave        BR 20003
by Laban Carrick Hill
1 volume
Discusses the creative work of South Carolina slave Dave (1834–1864), who made large clay pots and jars–some of which he inscribed with poems. PRINT/ BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Coretta Scott King Award; Caldecott Honor Book. 2010.

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