Braille Book Review

July-August 2002
Books for Children--Nonfiction

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

This page includes Web-Braille links to full-text braille versions of books. Eligible patrons may sign up for Web-Braille through the library that handles their braille magazine subscriptions.


The Place My Words Are Looking For: What Poets Say about and through Their Work BR 13513
selected by Paul B. Janeczko
1 volume
A collection of poems by thirty-nine poets who also comment on why they write--their inspiration, memories, and enjoyment of playing with words. For grades 4-7. 1990.

The Day the Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic BR 13525
retold by Howard Schwartz
1 volume
A noted folklorist presents twelve Jewish tales from around the world. Each combines elements of magic with a link to a Jewish holiday; includes Rosh Hodesh, which celebrates the appearance of the new moon, and the Sabbath, a day of joy and rest. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Europe BR 13537
by April Pulley Sayre
1 volume
Surveys geographical characteristics of the European continent, including its flora and fauna, nine climate types, variations in landscape, and waterways. Discusses environmental concerns and sources of pollution. For grades 5-8. 1998.

The World at Her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller BR 13552
by Joan Dash
2 volumes
A biography of the woman who overcame her disabilities to be an inspirational public figure. Discusses the cause of Helen Keller's blindness and deafness, her determination to lead a useful life, and the importance of her teacher--Annie Sullivan-- throughout Helen's life. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Dinosaurs at the Ends of the Earth: The Story of the Central Asiatic Expeditions BR 13612
by Brian Floca
1 volume
Relates the adventures of Roy Chapman Andrews's 1920s expeditions into the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Describes the difficulties of packing dinosaur fossils to send back to American museums and the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly BR 13616
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
A short biography of the controversial twentieth-century African American leader. Describes the crucial stages in Malcolm X's life. Includes quotes from his speeches and writings, and a chronology. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2000.

The Fairies' Ring: A Book of Fairy Stories and Poems BR 13619
compiled by Jane Yolen
1 volume
The poets range from Shakespeare and Ben Johnson to W.B. Yeats and Robert Graves. The poetry is intermingled with fairy tales from Scotland, Persia, England, Wales, France, Greece, New Zealand, and South Africa. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1999.

The Making of My Special Hand: Madison's Story BR 14001
by Jamee Riggio Heelan
1 volume
Madison, a little girl born with one hand, tells about having a helper hand made specially for her. She explains all the stages involved in fitting her for a battery-operated prosthesis that allows her to open and close her new hand. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1998.

A Picture Book of Louis Braille BR 14002
by David A. Adler
1 volume
Presents the life of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who was accidentally blinded as a child. Louis Braille originated the raised dot system of reading and writing used throughout the world by visually impaired individuals. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 1997.

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