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Braille Book Review November–December 2017

Volume 86, Number 6

About Braille Book Review

Need help? Your local cooperating library is always the place to start. For general information and to order books, call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to be connected to your local cooperating library.

To find your library, visit Find Your Library.

About BARD
Most books and magazines listed in Braille Book Review are available to eligible readers for download on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. To use BARD, contact your local cooperating library or visit for more information. The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store for reading braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Overseas Service
American citizens living abroad may enroll and request delivery to foreign addresses by contacting the NLS Overseas Librarian by phone at (202) 707-9261 or by email at [email protected] .

Music scores and instructional materials
NLS music patrons can receive braille and large-print music scores and instructional recordings through the NLS Music Section. To learn more, email [email protected] , call 1-800-424-8567 ext. 2, or visit

About Braille Book Review
Braille Book Review, published in braille, large print, and online, is distributed free to people unable to read regular print. It lists braille titles recently added to the NLS collection. The braille edition also lists NLS audiobooks appearing in Talking Book Topics. The entire collection, with hundreds of thousands of titles, is available at Select “Catalog Search” to view the collection. Braille Book Review is also available online at and in downloadable braille files from BARD.

Publication feedback?
Share your thoughts about this publication by emailing [email protected] or writing us at:
NLS Publications and Media Section
Library of Congress
Washington DC 20542

Library of Congress, Washington
Catalog Card Number 53-31800
ISSN 0006-873X


In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Braille Magazines

In Brief

UEB Reference Guide

NLS began producing books and magazines in the new Unified English Braille (UEB) in 2016. UEB has eliminated nine contractions, changed some spacing rules, and adopted some new symbols. While we don’t expect braille readers to encounter much difficulty with the new braille code, we are providing this list of frequently used new symbols for your reference. Only symbols that are new in UEB are included on this list.

The symbols on this list are shown in categories. Each isolated symbol is shown preceded by the dot locator (⠨⠿). The following line then provides a brief example of the symbol being used.

( ) open and close parentheses ⠨⠿⠐⠣ ⠨⠿⠐⠜
Example:(new) ⠐⠣⠝⠑⠺⠐⠜
[ ] open and close brackets ⠨⠿⠨⠣ ⠨⠿⠨⠜
‘ ’ open and close inner quote ⠨⠿⠠⠦ ⠨⠿⠠⠴
Example: “our ‘new’ inner quotes” ⠦⠕⠥⠗ ⠠⠦⠝⠑⠺⠠⠴ ⠔⠝⠻ ⠟⠥⠕⠞⠑⠎⠴
… ellipsis ⠨⠿⠲⠲⠲
new … new…
⠝⠑⠺ ⠲⠲⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠲⠲⠲
{ } open and close braces ⠨⠿⠸⠣ ⠨⠿⠸⠜
⠸⠣ ⠝⠑⠺⠸⠜
< > open and close angle brackets ⠨⠿⠈⠣ ⠨⠿⠈⠜
Example: <new> ⠈⠣⠝⠑⠺⠈⠜
— Dash ⠨⠿⠠⠤
Example: — new —new ⠠⠤ ⠝⠑⠺ ⠠⠤⠝⠑⠺


Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
[email protected]
\ backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
c:\my books
⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
Example: new_data.xls ⠝⠑⠺⠨⠤⠙⠁⠞⠁⠲⠭⠇⠎
  • bullet

  • New
  • Newer
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠻
degrees ⠨⠿⠘⠚
Example: 32F ⠼⠉⠃⠘⠚⠠⠋
% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴


Miscellaneous symbols
* asterisk ⠨⠿⠐⠔
@ at sign ⠨⠿⠁⠈
Example: [email protected] ⠝⠇⠎⠁⠈⠇⠕⠉⠲⠛⠕⠧
~ tilde ⠨⠿⠈⠔
[email protected]
\ backslash ⠨⠿⠸⠡
c:\my books
⠉⠒⠸⠡⠍⠽ ⠃⠕⠕⠅⠎
_ underscore ⠨⠿⠨⠤
Example: new_data.xls ⠝⠑⠺⠨⠤⠙⠁⠞⠁⠲⠭⠇⠎
  • bullet

  • New
  • Newer
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺
  • ⠸⠲ ⠝⠑⠺⠻
degrees ⠨⠿⠘⠚
Example: 32F ⠼⠉⠃⠘⠚⠠⠋
% percent ⠨⠿⠨⠴
Emphasis indicators
boldface single letter ⠨⠿⠘⠆
Example: Socrates ⠘⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
boldface word ⠨⠿⠘⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠘⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
boldface passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠘⠶ ⠨⠿⠘⠄
Example: Old Greek Philosophers ⠘⠶⠠⠕⠇⠙ ⠠⠛⠗⠑⠑⠅ ⠠⠏⠓⠊⠇⠕⠎⠕⠏⠓⠻⠎⠘⠄
italics single letter ⠨⠿⠨⠆
Example: Socrates ⠨⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
italics word ⠨⠿⠨⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠨⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
italics passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠨⠶ ⠨⠿⠨⠄
Example: Old Greek Philosophers ⠨⠶⠠⠕⠇⠙ ⠠⠛⠗⠑⠑⠅ ⠠⠏⠓⠊⠇⠕⠎⠕⠏⠓⠻⠎⠨⠄
underline single letter ⠨⠿⠸⠆
Example: Socrates ⠸⠆⠠⠎⠕⠉⠗⠁⠞⠑⠎
underline word ⠨⠿⠸⠂
Example: Aristotle ⠸⠂⠠⠜⠊⠌⠕⠞⠇⠑
underline passage begin and terminate ⠨⠿⠸⠶ ⠨⠿⠸⠄
Example: Old Greek Philosophers ⠸⠶⠠⠕⠇⠙ ⠠⠛⠗⠑⠑⠅ ⠠⠏⠓⠊⠇⠕⠎⠕⠏⠓⠻⠎⠸⠄


. Decimal ⠨⠿⠲
$ Dollar symbol ⠨⠿⠈⠎
Example: $4.95 ⠈⠎⠼⠙⠲⠼⠊⠼⠑


+ plus ⠨⠿⠐⠖
minus ⠨⠿⠐⠤
Example: 5-3 ⠼⠑⠐⠤⠼⠉
x times ⠨⠿⠐⠦
÷ divided by ⠨⠿⠐⠌
Example: 6÷2 ⠼⠋⠐⠌⠼⠃
= equals ⠨⠿⠐⠶
Example: 2+3 = 5 ⠼⠃⠐⠖⠼⠉ ⠐⠶ ⠼⠑
< less than ⠨⠿⠈⠣
2 < 3
⠼⠃ ⠈⠣ ⠼⠉
> greater than ⠨⠿⠈⠜
Example: 3 > 2 ⠼⠉ ⠈⠜ ⠼⠃

Newsletter on new NLS initiatives launches

NLS has many new things on the horizon in the next two years, and in July a newsletter called “NLS on the Move” was launched to keep libraries and subscribers updated on the progress of four new pilot projects designed to create greater efficiencies for our network of cooperating libraries and get more NLS materials to more patrons faster:

Duplication-on-Demand. To reduce wait times for talking books, NLS is testing a system that allows network libraries to duplicate talking-book files onto digital cartridges at their own state-based locations.

Synthetic Speech. In-person voice recording is still our gold standard, but synthetic speech can help us make available material we couldn’t easily record and bring new, time-sensitive materials to patrons more quickly.

Wireless Download. NLS is exploring wireless transmission of talking-book files directly to simple devices in patrons’ homes, which would then load the files onto blank cartridges for use in NLS’s players.

Braille eReader. Braille eReaders can turn a digital file instantaneously into braille for tactile reading. NLS—working with the renowned Perkins Library in Massachusetts—is studying the viability of providing eReaders to our patrons.

The following is a reprint of the first four newsletter issues.

NLS on the Move: A new front door on the Web

July 13, 2017
We’re glad to share this introductory issue of our On the Move bulletin. We’ll use it to give you the latest updates on NLS initiatives—updates that you can reuse in your own communications. Look for On the Move toward the end of every month.
—Karen Keninger, Director

The NLS website at opened its new front door on Sunday, July 9, when our long-awaited revamping of it went live. Most major URLs important to longstanding users within the website have not changed, or have been made painless by internal redirects. New, more explicit, navigation will lead first-time visitors to what they need to find quickly.

Three reasons make this the right moment for a new NLS website. First, we are undertaking several major pilots during 2017 and 2018 whose results, we hope, will help us widen our audiences and improve our services to cooperating net- work libraries, and, through them, to our end-user patrons.

Second, we want to address a vast audience that has been, in the past, somewhat neglected by our website: visitors who do not use screen readers, but for whom features like monitor contrast tools and font-size adjustments are helpful.

Third, a new generation of patrons makes a fresh website crucial. A website in 2017 must be meaningful to longstanding patrons—but also to younger users and others who reach us on mobile devices, to a new generation of veterans and those with physical disabilities who don’t yet see themselves as seniors, and to new organizations who want to help us share the message of our services with their staff and patrons.

And if those three reasons weren’t enough, the NLS offices in Washington, D.C., have been undergoing a major renovation this year—so it’s good timing to have a virtual renovation on the web in parallel with our architectural renovation.

Websites in 2017 are never truly “done,” and ours is no different. We’ll be iterating on improvements over the next few weeks, so please make your voices heard if there are problems you encounter, fixes that are necessary, or suggestions you would like to make. You’ll find a link right on the homepage asking for your feedback. Make use of it—that’s what it’s for!

NLS on the Move: Libraries begin testing duplication-on-demand

July 27, 2017
NLS has now completed initial development and is staging all the materials necessary for its duplication-on-demand pilot, working with six libraries from our cooperating network, in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Virginia (where two libraries are participating). The libraries in the pilot all have WebREADS as their integrated library system (ILS)—a prerequisite for participation in the pilot. But the long-term aspiration is for the duplication-on-demand functionality to be available in other library automation systems, including CUL and KLAS, permitting users of those systems to participate.

Why do we need this? When the distribution of digital talking-book files on cartridges commenced, it was implemented in a way that mirrored the system used for books on cassette: one book per cartridge, which circulated to patrons and was stored until required. Duplication-on-demand allows the cooperating network libraries across the country to create customized cartridges at their own location, containing books based on the specific requests of the patrons whom they serve. And it makes all the titles in the NLS collection available all the time for all patrons without requiring libraries to stock physical copies of books or to anticipate demand.

“Ease of circulation is the key theme here, and also the long term goal,” says Michael Katzmann, chief of the Materials Development Division at NLS. “Think of it not just as a more convenient duplication system, but as groundwork for an electronic, Internet-based service to come. That’s where all circulation is headed. If our pilot shows the success we expect, we would urge all of our network libraries—not just those using WebREADS—to talk to their ILS providers so we can roll out the service more widely.”

Duplication-on-demand helps with several key problems faced by our network libraries: current centralized duplication of talking-book cartridges requires network libraries to estimate demand and then to store cartridges not circulating; excess inventory must eventually be recycled; and centralized selection of what goes on a cartridge prevents customization for patrons and limits circulation to the copies already available—which may not include older titles recently converted to digital cartridge format.

Reducing these nuts-and-bolts problems can free up resources throughout our network to be redirected locally to what individual libraries do best: provide patron support and service. And NLS is here to support that every way we can.

NLS on the Move: NLS and Perkins team up for eReader pilot

August 31, 2017
“Braille needs to migrate. It needs to follow print into the electronic era where it can be more flexible, more ubiquitous, more accessible, more manageable.” These are the words of NLS Director Karen Keninger at the April 2016 NLS national conference in San Francisco.

And now we’re seeing that migration come about. Earlier this month, Kim Charlson, Executive Director of the Perkins Library, and Keninger, representing NLS, stood side by side to announce a practical step toward the future of braille distribution. They were launching a pilot to test the effectiveness of distributing digital braille files for use on braille eReaders—those refreshable braille displays that are now becoming more widespread and portable. In the pilot, the Perkins Library is providing braille eReaders to registered borrowers in order to test the ease of use and effectiveness of electronic braille files on the devices.

Non-braille users might be surprised to learn what a difference a change to electronic distribution can make for braille users. Digital files have been used for years to produce hard-copy paper braille books, which, when printed, require between two to eight physical volumes per title. That bulkiness—in production, handling, shipping, storage—is exactly what digital files and braille eReaders can help alleviate. No more struggling to get giant volumes of summer reading into a weekend bag!

There’s no question that the fundamental process of distributing digital braille files works, and that eReaders can serve them up easily for users of braille. What we still need to understand is how best to turn that process into practice. What’s the right format for distributing the files? Can it be easily scaled to serve as many patrons with as many braille files as possible? Can we ensure the process lightens the burden on cooperating network libraries? And, above all, is the process easy for patrons to use?

It’s exactly the right moment for this pilot. Braille eReaders have been around for decades, but their cost has put them out of reach of many. Now eReaders are becoming more affordable and easier to operate. The pilot is timed to help NLS, and partner organizations like the Perkins Library, prepare for wider use among their patrons.

NLS will keep you posted as the pilot unfolds. It’s not just NLS, it’s braille itself that’s on the move.

NLS on the Move: NLS ad campaign in full swing

September 28, 2017
A young girl sits at a dining room table cluttered with crayons, models of space shuttles, toy rockets, and an astronaut helmet. She’s intently reading a book: Astronaut Abby’s Space Adventures. “There’s no place like space,” she says dreamily.

The phone rings and she runs to video chat with her grandfather. She excitedly shows him her book and asks if he’s read it. “No,” he replies sadly. “I’d love to, but the print is just too small.”

That’s the opening scene in a commercial for NLS that was filmed last month and will air on cable TV stations nationwide beginning this winter. A radio commercial also will be created from audio recorded that day.

The TV and radio commercials will continue the NLS multimedia campaign that began in June with the launch of ads on Internet search engines and Facebook. The ads reach out to veterans and students with visual impairments, aging adults, caregivers, and people with physical disabilities who would benefit from NLS services.

“The goal of these ads is to get people to visit our That All May Read website ( and, if they meet the eligibility requirements, to apply and enroll in the program,” NLS director Karen Keninger said. “We’re getting around 1,000 visitors to the website every day, and many of them will enroll or share information about NLS with relatives and friends who are eligible.”

This isn’t the first time NLS has gone online and on the air to tell the public about its program. In the summer of 2016, NLS sent public service announcements (PSAs) to TV and radio stations around the country. The PSAs have a long shelf-life, but in the first seven months alone the TV PSA aired more than 30,000 times on 166 stations, and the two radio PSAs aired on more than 50 stations each. NLS also successfully used online ads to drive traffic to its Facebook page (

We’re excited about this latest marketing campaign—and look forward to telling you more about the TV and radio ads in the coming months!

Braille and Large-Print Calendars 2018

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(818) 343-3219 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille 6 x 6 1/2-inch calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Free.

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
1-800-223-1839 toll-free
(502) 899-2284 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille Datebook in a two-ring binder. Features tabbed pages of durable plastic and comes with a saddle-shaped stylus, as well as a pamphlet with print and braille tips Catalog no. 1-07899-18, contact vendor for price. Twelve tabbed plastic calendar pages. Catalog no. 1-07898-18, contact vendor for price. Filler paper and extra tabs for Braille Datebook. Catalog no. 1-07897-00, $13 for 250 sheets.
  • Large-print (60-point) EZ Track Calendar and appointment book in a three-ring binder. Four days per page, with room for notes. Calendar with binder, catalog no. 1-07900-18, $59.
  • EZ Track Calendar inserts only, catalog no. 1-07901-18, $54.
  • Print/braille (36-point) 8 1/2 x 11-inch APH InSights Art Calendar. Includes holidays and moon phases. Features the work of artists with visual impairments. Catalog no. 5-18971-18, $7.
  • Print/braille Everyday Activities Calendar in a three-ring binder. Features color dividers between each month and two days per page. Can be used year after year. For children ages three to eight. Catalog no. 1-08121-00, $109.
  • Print/braille Individual Calendar Kit. Contains two brightly colored, embossed, bold-line grid sheets for making your own monthly calendar. Catalog no. 1-18971-00, $18.

The Big Type Company
W136 N5265 Campbell Ct.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
1-800-933-1711 toll-free
(262) 783-6599 fax
[email protected] External

  • Large-print (42-point) monthly desk calendar. Opens to 11 x 17 inches. Includes space for notes or appointments. $ 15.95.

Braille Works
941-942 Darby Lake St.
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 654-4050
1-800-258-7544 toll-free
(813) 689-8628 fax
[email protected]

  • Braille 11 x 17-inch wall calendar with images. Spiral-bound. $14.99.

The Carroll Center for the Blind
The Carroll Store
770 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02458
1-800-852-3131 toll-free
[email protected] External

  • Large-print 11 x 9-inch monthly calendar. $17.
  • Large-print 17 1/2 x 22 1/2-inch wall calendar. $11.

Cleveland Sight Center
Eyedea Shop
1909 East 101st St.
PO Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
1-877-776-9563 toll-free
[email protected] External

  • Large-print 11 x 17-inch calendar opens to 22 x 17 inches. $10.
  • Large-print 9 x 11-inch date planner opens to 11 x 17 inches. $12.50.

Florida Reading & Vision Technology
Lighthouse of Broward
650 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
1-800-981-5119 toll-free
(954) 462-4647 fax
[email protected] External

  • Extra-large monthly calendar. 17 x 22 inches per monthly view. Each day measures 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. $9.95.

Heritage for the Blind
2182 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11234
1-800-236-6283 toll-free
(718) 709-7487-6023 fax External

  • Large-print 8 1/2 x 11-inch weekly calendar. Free.

Independent Living Aids
137 Rano St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 332-2970 phone
1-800-537-2118 toll-free
(855) 937-3906 toll-free fax
(716) 873-3632 fax
[email protected] External

Three 12-month spiral-bound wall calendars:

  • Braille 8 1/2 x 11-inch calendar with tactile graphics. Item number 309100. $19.95.
  • Large-print 17 x 11-inch calendar. Item number 435152. $6.95.
  • Jumbo print 17 x 22-inch calendar. Item number 435153. $7.75.

The Jewish Heritage for the Blind
1655 East 24th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-4999
1-800-995-1888 toll-free
[email protected] External

  • Large-print 8 1/2 x 11-inch weekly wall calendar in English and Hebrew. The calendar reflects the traditional Jewish year, beginning at Rosh Hashanah. Includes weekly candle-lighting times for selected cities. Free.

Learning, Sight & Sound (LS&S)
145 River Rock Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14207
1-800-468-4789 toll-free
1-877-498-1482 toll-free fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille 11 x 8 1/2-inch calendar. Catalog no. 421040, $15.95.
  • Large-print 14 x 10-inch appointment book. Catalog no. 421038, $14.45.
  • Large-print 11 x 17-inch spiral-bound calendar. Catalog no. 421055, $6.49.
  • Large-print 17 x 22-inch planning calendar. Catalog no. 421056, $7.45.

The Lighthouse of Houston
Attn: Reflections, The Lighthouse Store
3602 West Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 284-8466
(713) 284-8446 fax
[email protected] External

  • Large-print (36-point) 11 x 17-inch wall calendar. $5.50.
  • Large-print 18 x 12-inch appointment calendar. $16.

Lutheran Braille Workers
PO Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399
1-800-925-6092 toll-free
[email protected] External

  • Braille 8 1/2 x 11-inch scripture calendar. Features a Bible verse and tactile graphic for each month. Free.

42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
1-800-522-6294 toll-free
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax
[email protected]

Three large-print (72-point) calendars:

  • 8 1/2 x 11-inch spiral-bound Giant Print Date calendar opens to 11 x 17 inches. Includes pages for notes and appointments. Catalog no. 19050-18, $8.95.
  • 11 x 17-inch spiral-bound Jumbo Print Calendar opens to 22 x 17 inches. Printed in black ink on white paper. Catalog no. 9032003-18, $7.95.
  • 11 x 17-inch Low-Vision Calendar. Catalog no. 19055-18, $6.95.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 780-5448 fax
[email protected]

  • Print/braille 6 1/4 x 3 3/4-inch spiral-bound calendar. Includes a separate listing of major holidays. Free.

National Federation of the Blind
Independence Market
200 East Wells St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(410) 685-2340 fax
[email protected] External

  • Braille 6 × 6 1/2-inch calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Catalog no. BBC18B, free.
  • Large-print 8 1/2 × 11-inch spiral-bound calendar with inside pockets. Features two-page calendar view with two-inch blocks for each day of the month, a monthly notes page, and a three-month calendar overview. Catalog no. AIL02C, $10.
  • Easy2See large-print appointment planner. Spiral bound organizer, measures 8 1/2 × 11 inches. Monthly views and weekly spreads with weekday cells measuring 3 1/4 × 8 inches; font is at least 40 point; dark-bordered writing areas are unlined inside. Catalog no. AIL42P18, $20.

SightConnection Store
929 N 130th St., Ste. 3
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 525-5556 v/TDD
1-800-458-4888 toll-free
(206) 525-0422 fax
[email protected] External

  • Large-print (36-point) calendar with 58 two-page weekly spreads that include space for writing, plus 12 monthly pages. Starts December 5, 2017, and ends January 14, 2019. Major holidays noted. Spiral bound. Item no. 433-18. $19.50.
  • Lifetime Magnetic Braille Calendar holds the days and months of the year on one-inch tiles. Tiles are in braille and print with raised tactile numbers and letters. Includes extra tiles. Item no. 809, $33.75.
  • Large-print spiral-bound desk calendar with 3/8-inch numbers in two-inch squares. Each month includes a page for notes. Comes with folder pockets in front and back. Item no. 434-18, $10.
  • Large-print (72-point) spiral-bound wall calendar. Opens to 17 x 22 inches and has room for notes on each date. Major holidays noted. Item no. 437-18, $10.50.

Sioux Links Publishing
Attn: Customer Service
705 Eagle Run
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
1-888-201-5640 toll-free
(605) 428-5110 fax
[email protected]

  • Large-print 11 1/2 x 17 1/2-inch monthly wall calendar. Opens to 23 x 17 1/2 inches. $16.95.


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement or support.

Audio description available on Amazon videos

In June 2017 Amazon Video began supporting audio description, providing customers who are blind or visually impaired access to professional narration describing what is taking place during stretches where there is no dialog. More than 133 movies from studios such as Disney, Lionsgate, NBC, Paramount, and Warner Brothers are now available with English audio descriptions, including such titles as The Hunger Games, Inception, Captain America: Civil War, and The Big Short. Also, ten of the most popular Amazon Original TV shows such as Bosch, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, Creative Galaxy, and Gortimer Gibbons are also now available with audio description for select seasons. Audio descriptions are available on popular titles included with an Amazon Prime Video subscription, as well as those for purchase or rent.

The feature is available on Fire TV, Fire Tablets, iOS devices, and Android devices. Customers can view and browse through titles with audio descriptions by going to The selection of titles available on the page will be updated continuously. To play a title with audio descriptions, customers just need to select the “English-audio description” option from the “Subtitles and Audio” menu during playback.

To provide feedback to Amazon on their audio description services, email: [email protected].

Hadley offers Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness course

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Books for Adults

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return it to your braille-lending library.

Registered users can also immediately download all titles and magazines from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store for reading braille books on a personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

Books within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction are listed alphabetically by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy would be listed in Adult Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Tolstoy.

Note: A notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.”

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Adult Fiction


Black Swan Green
by David Mitchell
5 volumes
In a backwater English town in 1982, thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor endures bullying at school because of his stammer. At home, he copes with his parents’ bickering and his nasty older sister, but he still manages to have adventures. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.


I’ll Take You There
by Wally Lamb
4 volumes
Film professor Felix Funicello normally hosts a movie club for his students at an empty New York theater. One night, the ghosts of two silent-film era stars appear to him at the theater, offering an exclusive screening of scenes from his life. Some strong language. 2016.

Historical Fiction

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
4 volumes
Cora, a third-generation slave, flees the plantation where she lives. She escapes with a man who claims to know how to get to the Underground Railroad. Once there, she discovers it is an actual railroad. Every stop shows her moments of horror and joy. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.


The Mistletoe Secret
by Richard Paul Evans
3 volumes
Alex Bartlett has been reading online posts from a blogger calling herself LBH—Last Broken Heart—and believes he has found a kindred spirit. Using clues from her blog, Alex decides to track LBH down, traveling to her Utah home at the holidays. 2016.

Human Relationships

by Rachel Cusk
2 volumes
With her marriage over, a writer moves to London with her two sons. The change and the conversations she has with new people she meets prompt her to examine the path of her life. Sequel to Outline (BR20765). 2016.

Legal Themes

The Whistler
by John Grisham
5 volumes
A previously disbarred lawyer—now with a new identity—goes after a Florida judge who was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself—and the judge—to a sizable skim. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2016.

Mystery and Detective

Boar Island
by Nevada Barr
5 volumes
Park Ranger Anna Pigeon has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. Her friend’s adopted teenage daughter becomes suicidal after being targeted. Anna moves them to Boar Island, but the stalker finds them. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Rope
by Nevada Barr
5 volumes
After a life-changing event, thirty-five-year-old New Yorker Anna Pigeon takes a seasonal job with the National Park Service at Lake Powell. Abducted and drugged while hiking, she awakes trapped in a pit—naked, injured, and suffering memory loss. Series prequel. Some violence and some strong language. 2011.

Winter Study
by Nevada Barr
5 volumes
Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns to the frigid Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior to join a fifty-year-old winter wolf study along with two scientists from Homeland Security who need to ascertain its feasibility. Anna’s uneasiness is justified when a biotechnician is killed. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel
by Alan Bradley
3 volumes
Ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce returns to England. While delivering a message to a reclusive wood-carver, Flavia stumbles upon the poor man’s body hanging upside down on his bedroom door. She becomes energized by the prospect of a new investigation. Bestseller. 2016.

The Trapped Girl
by Robert Dugoni
4 volumes
When a local teen pulls up a crab pot with a dead woman inside, Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite identifies the corpse through facial reconstructive implants. But a call from a park ranger complicates things. The victim—under a different name—vanished from Mount Rainier a month ago. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2017.

Broken Harbor
by Tana French
7 volumes
Dublin murder detective Mick Kennedy and his new partner, Richie Curran, investigate a case in the neighborhood where Kennedy’s childhood took a dark turn. The two puzzle over the deaths of a father and his small children, as doctors work to revive the wounded mother. Violence and strong language. 2012.

Faithful Place
by Tana French
6 volumes
Dublin, Ireland. Twenty-two years after they were going to elope, Detective Frank Mackey discovers the body of his former girlfriend Rosie. His investigation takes him back to the slums and the family he hasn’t seen since he was nineteen. Strong language. 2010.

In the Woods
by Tana French
7 volumes
Irish detective Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, investigate the murder of a twelve-year-old girl from Knocknaree at an archaeological site near Dublin. The crime’s similarities to the disappearances of Ryan’s best friends twenty years ago in the same woods cause him intense personal anguish. Strong language. 2007.

The Likeness
by Tana French
7 volumes
A murder victim found in an old cottage looks exactly like detective Cassie Maddox and has the name Lexie Madison—an identity that Cassie once invented to infiltrate a drug ring. Cassie goes undercover to find her double’s killer. Some strong language. 2008.

The Secret Place
by Tana French
7 volumes
Dublin detective Steven Moran gets his chance to work with the murder squad when Holly Mackey brings him a student’s anonymous note about a stalled investigation—a year earlier, a boy was found dead on the grounds of her private girls’ school. Moran and Detective Antoinette Conway reinvestigate. 2014.

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
by Sophie Hannah
4 volumes
Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is invited—along with Scotland Yard’s Inspector Edward Catchpool and others—to a mysterious gathering at the Irish mansion of children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford. Playford’s announcement of a drastic change in her will sets events in motion, and a murder occurs. 2015.

The Dry
by Jane Harper
4 volumes
Federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his Australian rural hometown for the funeral of an old friend who has allegedly killed himself, his wife, and their young son. Aaron—facing a town still suspicious of his role in a long-ago death—reluctantly agrees to look into it. Violence and strong language. 2016.

The House That Jack Built
by Ed McBain
3 volumes
An Indiana farmer visiting his gay brother in Florida becomes a murder suspect when the brother is found stabbed after a wild party. The farmer’s unorthodox Florida lawyer, Matthew Hope, links the deceased to incriminating photographs, attempted blackmail, and the fortunes of a beer dynasty. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1988.

No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
4 volumes
Cornwall, 1920. Four young women out in a rowboat attempt to save a man whose boat is sinking. A witness—who appears after the man’s boat is submerged—accuses them of trying to kill the man rather than save him. Scotland Yard’s Inspector Rutledge is sent to sort it out. 2016.

Occult and Horror

The Fireman
by Joe Hill
9 volumes
A pandemic known as Dragonscale has swept the planet, causing the afflicted to develop markings on their skin and then burst into flame. A nurse who contracts Dragonscale wants to avoid quarantine long enough to give birth to her child. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Raven King: The Raven Cycle, Book 4
by Maggie Stiefvater
5 volumes
Blue never believed the prophecy that she will cause her true love’s death. Suddenly, she is not so sure anymore. Meanwhile, Gansey’s quest to find the lost king finally comes to an end. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Political Themes

The Boy Who Escaped Paradise
by J.M. Lee
3 volumes
Gil-mo is raised in Pyongyang, fascinated with symmetry and prime numbers. After political imprisonment with his father, he escapes to follow a friend. He uses his peculiar gifts to navigate the East Asian criminal underworld, ending up at a murder scene in New York. Translated from the original Korean. Some violence. 2016.

by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
2 volumes
Javier Mallarino, a vastly influential political cartoonist, holds the power to repeal laws, overturn rulings, and destroy careers. After four decades of this, however, an unexpected visit forces him to reevaluate his life and work. Originally published in Spanish in 2013. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Psychological Themes

Nights of Rain and Stars
by Maeve Binchy
4 volumes
Four strangers—American, English, Irish, and German—on holiday in a Greek village come together after they witness a tragic boating accident. Each of them is trying to escape from a troublesome situation back home. As they become friends and lovers, two locals help them to attain perspective and self-knowledge. 2004.

Religious Themes

Between Sundays
by Karen Kingsbury
4 volumes
Christian football player Derrick Anderson becomes mentor and backup to shallow San Francisco quarterback Aaron Hill. Meanwhile Megan Gunn’s eight-year-old foster child, Cory, insists that he is Aaron’s son. When the two athletes volunteer at Cory’s youth center, the boy believes his prayers have come true. Complications and romance follow. 2007.

A Love Transformed: Sapphire Brides, Book 3
by Tracie Peterson
4 volumes
Montana, 1917. Widow Clara Vesper used to design sapphire jewelry for her husband’s company. On inheriting nothing at his death, she decides to move back to her family ranch in Montana with her two children. But secrets from her husband’s past threaten everyone she loves. 2016.


Sunday Kind of Love
by Dorothy Garlock
4 volumes
Indiana, 1956. Gwen Foster’s parents love the boyfriend she brings home, but Gwen is appalled when he announces their engagement without asking her and sweeps aside her dream of becoming a writer. She befriends local woodworker Hank Ellis, but he has problems of his own. 2016.

The Mistress
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Natasha Leonova is the young mistress of wealthy and powerful Russian oligarch Vladimir Stanislas, enjoying a life where she is spoiled and pampered as long as she is loyal. She meets Theo Luca, the son of a famous artist, and begins to think of a different life. Some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Science Fiction

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
by Becky Chambers
6 volumes
A crew of wormhole builders hop from planet to planet on their way to the job of a lifetime. The crew includes a young Martian woman and a pacifist captain. They travel against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds. 2014.

Stories of Your Life and Others
by Ted Chiang
4 volumes
Eight science fiction short stories from award-winning author, including “Story of Your Life,” the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival. In “Tower of Babylon” mankind builds a tower to Heaven. In “Division by Zero” a mathematician discovers that the fundamentals of her field are arbitrary. Bestseller. 2002.

Star Wars: Ahsoka
by E.K. Johnston
3 volumes
After leaving the Jedi Order, Ahsoka takes refuge on a remote farming moon to start over. But when the Imperial forces invade Raada, Ahsoka must decide whether to run or to protect her new friends. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Arabella of Mars: The Adventures of Arabella Ashby, Book 1
by David D. Levine
4 volumes
A century after mankind first flew ships to Mars in the late 1600s, young Arabella Ashby lives on a plantation in the flourishing British colony on the Martian frontier. To remedy Arabella’s wild nature, her mother sends her to the exotic city of London. Some violence. 2016.

New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean
edited by Karen Lord
2 volumes
A collection of eleven speculative short stories from Caribbean authors. The stories include themes of family, oppressive government, growth and death, and the persistence of old ways. Includes stories by Tammi Browne-Bannister, Summer Edward, Portia Subran, Brandon O’Brien, Damion Wilson, and H.K. Williams, among others. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
4 volumes
On the eve of civilization’s collapse due to a pandemic, actor Arthur Leander dies on stage while performing King Lear. Eight-year-old Kirsten Raymonde is also in the play, and as she grows older, she discovers secrets of their new dystopia that link back to Arthur. Some violence and some strong language. 2014.

by Will McIntosh
4 volumes
No one can remember anything—who they are, their family and friends, or even how to read. Faller’s pockets contain clues to his past, but it is only after he takes a literal leap off the edge of the world that he begins to discover the truth. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

by Jo Walton
4 volumes
After the events of The Philosopher Kings (BR21171), Zeus moved the entire Just City experiment to the distant planet Plato. Now more than a generation has passed. Pytheas dies as a human, returning immediately in his full glory as Apollo. Then a human ship from Earth appears. Some violence. 2016.

Short Stories

Public Library and Other Stories
by Ali Smith
2 volumes
A collection of short fiction from award-winning author Ali Smith. As a whole, the collection focuses on what people do with books and what books do to people—how they shock, change, challenge, and teach. Also celebrates the vital role of public libraries. 2015.

Children of the New World: Stories
by Alexander Weinstein
2 volumes
Collection of speculative fiction introducing readers to a world of social-media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual-reality games, and intuitive robots. Some characters inhabit a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification, while others live in a post-collapse landscape that must be rebuilt. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.


A Darkness Absolute
by Kelley Armstrong
5 volumes
Former homicide detective Casey Duncan now lives and works in off-the-grid Rockton. Caught in a blizzard during a manhunt, she stumbles upon a woman who was presumed dead, but instead has been kept in a cave for over a year. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Innocents
by Ace Atkins
4 volumes
Former cheerleader Milly Jones dies after she is found walking down the road engulfed in flames. Ex-Army Ranger and ousted sheriff Quinn Colson pairs up with old friend and acting sheriff Lillie Virgil to hunt down Milly’s killer. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Memory Man
by David Baldacci
5 volumes
Amos Decker’s pro career ended immediately with a violent helmet-to-helmet collision, which also left him with the inability to forget anything. The second life-altering event happened two decades later, when police detective Decker returned from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law murdered. Violence and strong language. 2015.

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
4 volumes
In 1996, MP Reacher, along with an FBI agent and a CIA analyst, is told that a jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier—who is carrying a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.” Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

by Paul Doiron
4 volumes
Distressed Amber Langstrom tells Mike Bowditch that her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that he is the illegitimate son of Mike’s late diabolical father. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

The Obsidian Chamber: A Pendergast Novel
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
5 volumes
FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast is missing after the events of Crimson Shore (BR21397), and his ward Constance is kidnapped when she returns to the home they share. Pendergast’s bodyguard, Proctor, must try to rescue her from her captor, Pendergast’s own brother, Diogenes. 2016.

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Adult Nonfiction


The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
by Douglas Preston
4 volumes
Coauthor of the Pendergast series—including a href=”″>The Obsidian Chamber (BR21732)—recounts the expeditions he joined to explore what was believed to be the remains of Hernán Cortés’s lost city of gold in Honduras. Describes the area’s history, previous expeditions, and the challenges he and his team faced. Bestseller. 2017.

Animals and Wildlife

Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway
by Peter Zheutlin
3 volumes
Journalist profiles Greg Mahle, who has dedicated his life to rescuing dogs and finding them forever homes. With a network of volunteers, Mahle organizes Rescue Road Trips to the South, transporting strays and dogs due to be euthanized to adopters in the North. 2015.


A Space Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System
by Mark Thompson
4 volumes
Astronomer presents an exploration of the solar system as if it were possible to fly between planets as you would between cities on Earth. Discusses the mechanics of planetary movement, planetary bodies, other astronomical objects, and more. 2016.


by Saroo Brierley
3 volumes
Man recounts ending up as a five-year-old on the streets of Calcutta, where he was taken in by an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple. Describes his search for home and his two families. Originally published as The Long Way Home and basis for 2016 Oscar-nominated movie, Lion. 2013.

The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State
by Lizhi Fang
5 volumes
A profile of Fang Lizhi, one of China’s most prominent scientists, whose questioning of the authority of the Communist regime led to his being stripped of his position in 1957. He spent the next few decades alternately denounced and reaccepted, until he finally fled to the United States in 1989. 2016.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind
by the National Federation of the Blind
4 volumes
Twenty-nine essays illustrate the impact Kenneth Jernigan (1926–1998) made during his life, which included two decades at the helm of the National Federation of the Blind. Contributors include former director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Frank Kurt Cylke and inventor Raymond Kurzweil. 2016.

Business and Economics

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
by Robert B. Reich
5 volumes
Former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton examines the history of capitalism in the United States and the ways it has shifted in the last eighty years to most benefit only a small percentage of the population. Discusses the role of government in a capitalist society. 2015.


The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
by Pedro Domingos
5 volumes
Computer scientist examines the concepts of artificial intelligence and machine learning through algorithms—defined processes used in problem-solving or calculations. Discusses the use of algorithms in the twenty-first century, human-computer interactions, theories of learning, the impact of smart computing on future innovation, and more. 2015.


The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart about Your Money
by Carl Richards
2 volumes
Financial planner and New York Times columnist presents a guide for organizing and planning personal finances, with an emphasis on prioritizing goals and minimizing emotion—particularly anxiety—when making decisions. Discusses goal setting, spending and saving, budgeting, investing, insurance, borrowing, strategizing, and hiring a financial planner. 2015.


Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook: From Mom’s Kitchen to Mine and Yours
by Frankie Avalon
3 volumes
Singer and actor Avalon shares recipes from family and friends that he has enjoyed making over the years. Includes some family anecdotes and an introduction to every recipe, which is either a memory associated with the food or a tip on how to make it. 2015.

Diet and Nutrition

Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss
by Sandra Aamodt
4 volumes
Neuroscientist explores the brain’s reaction to dieting and explains why it usually backfires. Discusses the defended weight range that every brain will fight to maintain, and suggests taking a year to train oneself to eat mindfully—eat when hungry, stop when full. Advises aiming for fitness rather than thinness. 2016.

Government and Politics

Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics
by Rick Shenkman
6 volumes
Journalist argues that human instincts cause irrational decision making in the realm of politics, both by everyday voters and by those whose professional lives are in the field. Highlights what he views as four failures: disengagement from the political process, misjudgment of candidates, punishment of truth telling, and failure to empathize. 2016.

Language and Linguistics

The Story of English in 100 Words
by David Crystal
3 volumes
Linguist explores the history of English vernacular. Selects and examines one hundred words (including the ancient, the cutting-edge, the indispensable, the fanciful, and the obscene) that illustrate the many sources, influences, and events that have shaped the English language. 2011.


The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of Twenty-Five Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing
by Roy Peter Clark
3 volumes
Author of The Glamour of Grammar (BR20315) examines writing lessons that can be gleaned from twenty-five classic texts, such as The Great Gatsby (BR11057), The Bluest Eye (BR12618), and Lolita (BR13157). He demonstrates how to mine these works for invaluable writing strategies and apply them. 2016.

Medicine and Health

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
compiled by Tammi L. Shlotzhauer
7 volumes
Description of the physical, logistical, and emotional aspects of rheumatoid arthritis. Provides patients and caregivers the knowledge to better communicate with medical professionals. Includes updated information on coping strategies, exercise, rehabilitation, medications, alternative and complementary therapies, pregnancy and childbirth, and financial matters, such as disability benefits and insurance. 2014.

Just Breathe Out: Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You
by Betsy Thomason
2 volumes
Respiratory therapist argues that breathing-impaired individuals, athletes, firemen, and anyone else may benefit from the BreatheOutDynamic system (BODs) designed by Olympic cycling coach Ian Jackson. Describes how to breathe with an active, spine-stretching outbreath and a passive, relaxed inbreath and how to incorporate BODs into everyday living. 2016.

Nature and the Environment

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature
by J. Drew Lanham
3 volumes
Naturalist describes his family history and the development of his love for the natural world around him. Discusses the issue of race both in the everyday enjoyment of the outdoors and in his professional life. Examines the impact of the home where he grew up and the loss of it. 2016.


Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman
3 volumes
Award-winning fantasy author provides his interpretation of classic Norse mythology and its pantheon. Provides a novelistic arc to the retelling that begins with the genesis of the nine worlds and culminates with the Ragnarok apocalypse. 2017.

How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World
by Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson
3 volumes
Using lessons provided by television shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, the author discusses ways to navigate the intersection of religion and politics while retaining a Christian identity. Examines philosophy, linguistics, and theology. 2016.

Science and Technology

Einstein’s Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity
by John Gribbin
3 volumes
An astrophysicist examines Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which he presented in 1915 and which was partially confirmed a century later by the detection of gravitational waves. Places the theory into context within Einstein’s larger body of work as well as the scientific research being conducted at the time. 2016.

U.S. History

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
by Wendy Warren
3 volumes
Examines the relationship between the northern colonies’ growth and the Atlantic slave trade, demonstrating how New England’s economy derived much of its vitality from the high volume of slave ships in its ports. Also documents the selling of Native Americans into slavery in the West Indies. 2016.

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Books for Children

The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, complete the order form and return it to your braille-lending library.

Books and magazines are also available for immediate download from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site at To order books or sign up for BARD service contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

These books are listed alphabetically within the headings Children’s Fiction and Children’s Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example, the title Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown would be listed in Children’s Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Brown.

Children’s Fiction


The Storybook Knight
by Helen Docherty
1 volume
A gentle mouse knight who prefers reading to fighting is ordered by his parents to tame a dragon. He arms himself with books for his journey. One by one, he disarms and charms beasts along the way with stories. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2016.

Batgirl at Super Hero High
by Lisa Yee
2 volumes
Recruited to Super Hero High by Supergirl, genius Barbara Gordon trains for her new role as Batgirl alongside some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. For grades 4–7. 2017.


Rabbit and Robot and Ribbit
by Cece Bell
1 volume
When Rabbit shows up unexpectedly at Robot’s home, he is surprised to see Robot playing chess with a new friend, Ribbit. Disgruntled, Rabbit must figure out how to expand his circle of friends. Sequel to Rabbit and Robot (BR20181). For grades K-3. 2016.

North, South, East, West
by Margaret Wise Brown
1 volume
Journey of a little bird who flies to the north, south, east, and west to decide which direction she likes best. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2017.

Splat the Cat, Books 5–8
by Natalie Engel and Amy Hsu Lin
2 volumes
Books five through eight, written between 2011 and 2013, based on Rob Scotton’s series featuring the adventures of a young, silly black cat named Splat. Includes Good Night, Sleep Tight; The Name of the Game; Takes the Cake; and A Whale of a Tale. For preschool-grade 2. 2013.

by Emily Gravett
1 volume
Pete, a badger who tidies up the forest, takes things a bit too far. He learns to love his woodsy home just the way it is. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.

Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess
by Ursula Vernon
1 volume
When Heady the hydra’s egg is stolen, Prince Wilbur contacts Princess Harriet Hamsterbone to come to the rescue. Their search leads them to a castle accessible only by a rat with a very long tail. Sequel to Of Mice and Magic (BR21459). For grades 3–6. 2016.


The Journey
by Francesca Sanna
1 volume
A family makes the hard decision to leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. Their journey is dangerous, but they persevere and cross many borders in their search for someplace safe. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen
by Jennifer Torres
2 volumes
Mexican American Stef Soto hopes to break free from her overprotective parents and the embarrassing reputation she has because of her family’s taco-truck business. But Stef soon learns that family, friendship, and even the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life. For grades 3–6. 2017.


The Burning Tide: Fall of the Beasts; Spirit Animals
by Jonathan Auxier
2 volumes
Working in separate worlds to stop the awakening Wyrm, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan find a strange group of allies but need to work quickly to locate an ancient trap that could bring about the end of the war. Sequel to The Return (BR21716). For grades 4–7. 2016.


Nobody Likes a Goblin
by Ben Hatke
1 volume
Goblin and his best friend, Skeleton, live in a treasure-filled dungeon. But when a gang of adventurers swoops in, steals the loot, and kidnaps Skeleton, Goblin finally ventures outside to save his friend. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2016.

Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship
by Jessica Walton
1 volume
Errol’s best friend and teddy, Thomas, is sad because he wishes he were a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. They realize the only thing that matters to both of them is that they are friends. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.

Growing Up

Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty
1 volume
Ada Twist, a very curious girl, constantly asks questions and performs all sorts of experiments to learn things and understand the world. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2016.

Historical Fiction

The Inquisitor’s Tale; or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
4 volumes
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound. The three youths join forces on a quest and race through France to escape persecution. For grades 5–8. 2016.

Wolf Hollo
by Lauren Wolk
3 volumes
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including Toby, a homeless World War I veteran. For grades 5–8. 2016.


Leave Me Alone! BR22010
by Vera Brosgol
1 volume
Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she embarks on an epic journey to find peace and quiet. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.


My Weird School Daze, Books 9–12
by Dan Gutman
4 volumes
Books nine through twelve, written between 2010 and 2011, featuring the continuing shenanigans of A.J. and his third-grade friends from the My Weird School Daze series. Includes Mrs. Lizzy Is Dizzy!, Miss Mary Is Scary!, Mr. Tony Is Full of Baloney!, and Ms. Leakey Is Freaky!. For grades 2–4. 2011.

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Children’s Nonfiction


A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
1 volume
A poetic celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of the Caldecott Medal winner The Snowy Day (BR10045). Recounts Keats’s life growing up in Brooklyn as a son of struggling Polish immigrants and his dream of becoming an artist. For grades 2–4. 2016.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe
1 volume
Biography of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988). Highlights his unique, collage-style paintings and discusses his early life in Brooklyn, including a childhood injury and family struggles, before he became a highly successful artist. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2016.
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Braille Magazines

The following is a list of braille magazines in the Library of Congress program. Readers may obtain free personal subscriptions to these magazines. For information on the availability of specific magazines, consult the library that sends you braille materials.

Boys’ Life (for children and teens, monthly)

Braille Book Review (6 issues)

Braille Chess Magazine (British monthly)

Braille Music Magazine (British quarterly)

Conundrum (British monthly)

Cooking Light (11 issues)

Cooks Illustrated (6 issues)

ESPN: The Magazine (18 issues)

Harper’s (literary; monthly)

Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; monthly)

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (monthly)

Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 10 issues)

Muse (for children; 9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (NLS quarterly)

National Geographic (monthly)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

The New York Times Large Print Weekly (weekly)

News (NLS quarterly)

O (Oprah) (monthly)

Parents (monthly)

PC World (personal computing; monthly)

Playboy (6 issues)

Poetry (11 issues)

Popular Mechanics (10 issues)

Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregular)

Popular Science (6 issues)

Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)

Science News (24 issues)

Seventeen (for teens, 6 issues)

Short Stories (British monthly)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Stone Soup (children’s writings; 6 issues)

Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available:

Major League Baseball Combined Schedule by date

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Women’s National Basketball Association

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