Braille Book Review

September-October 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.


Uncommon Champions: Fifteen Athletes Who Battled Back BR 13589
by Marty Kaminsky
1 volume
Portrays fifteen athletes who had the courage to overcome major obstacles in their lives and achieve remarkable success and recognition in a variety of sports. "Seeing Things His Own Way" profiles Erik Weihenmayer, whose blindness does not prevent him from being a mountain climber. For grades 6-9. 2000.

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography BR 13642
by James Cross Giblin
1 volume
A short biography of the first president of the United States. Relates his love of home and family and his sense of duty to his country. Describes his boyhood, his military experiences, and his leadership qualities. Includes the cherry tree myth. For grades 3-6. 1992.

Hard to Crack: Nut Trees BR 13680
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Examines one of the oldest, most portable foods on earth, the nut. Discusses the history, growing requirements, and food value of pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamias, and other species grown around the world. Includes a recipe featuring each of these six nuts. For grades 4-7. 2001.

Green Power: Leaf and Flower Vegetables BR 13681
by Meredith Sayles Hughes
1 volume
Discusses the history, growing requirements, uses, and food value of cabbage, broccoli, artichokes, spinach, lettuce, and Belgian endive. Includes a recipe for each of these vegetables. For grades 4-7. 2001.

My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States BR 13683
selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
1 volume
Collection of poems depicting the ever-changing landscape of the United States, its people, and its natural wonders. Hopkins divides the country into seven unique regions, plus Washington, D.C. He also provides interesting facts about each state and the District of Columbia. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2000.

Cleopatra BR 13692
by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema
1 volume
A short biography of the Queen of Egypt, the last of the Greek rulers in Egypt. Describes Cleopatra's attraction to two of the most powerful men in the Roman Empire--Julius Caesar and, after his assassination, Mark Anthony. Relates how Mark Anthony and Cleopatra ended their lives. For grades 4-7. 1994.

Strange Stuff: True Stories of Odd Places and Things BR 13694
by Janet Nuzum Myers
1 volume
A collection of myths and truths designed to pique a young person's curiosity about unusual "stuff." Topics include the Bermuda Triangle, meat-eating plants, zombies, quicksand, Bigfoot, mermaids, and black holes in space. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Footprints on the Moon BR 13745
by Alexandra Siy
1 volume
An overview of mankind's study and exploration of the Moon, from the building of Stonehenge in England to astronauts walking on the Moon's surface. Covers the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Underwater Counting: Even Numbers BR 14005
by Jerry Pallotta
1 volume
Gives practice counting from zero to fifty by even numbers while learning about ocean creatures. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

Bugs Are Insects BR 14007
by Anne Rockwell
1 volume
Introduces some common backyard creatures such as the ladybug. Discusses the basic characteristics and differences of bugs and insects. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2001.

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