Braille Book Review

November-December 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.


Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy BR 13520
by James R. Voelkel
1 volume
A biography of the German astronomer whose discoveries include three of the laws that govern the movement of planets. Kepler (1571-1630) was born on the threshold of the scientific revolution in Europe, lived through Catholic-Protestant conflicts, and died before his work was fully appreciated. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1999.

There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights BR 13665
by Milton Meltzer
1 volume
Overview of the key events and issues in African American history, culminating in the freedom rides and sit-ins during the 1950s and 1960s. Traces the history of racism and resistance to injustice from the times of slavery to the modern movement for equal rights. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2001.

Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy BR 13732
by Rhoda Blumberg
1 volume
A biography of the first Japanese person to live in the United States. The book recounts Manjiro's adventures, including a fishing accident and rescue by a whaling ship. Adopted by the captain, the teenager arrived in Massachusetts in 1843. Eventually returning to Japan, Manjiro worked for understanding between the two cultures. For grades 4-7. 2001.

The Kingfisher Book of Fairy Tales BR 13733
retold by Vivian French
1 volume
Retellings of seven cherished fairy tales: "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Fisherman and His Wife," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "Rumpelstiltskin," and "Cinderella." For grades 3-6. 2000.

Asteroid Impact BR 13743
by Douglas Henderson
1 volume
A depiction of the catastrophic collision between the Earth and an immense asteroid some sixty-five million years ago. Many scientists theorize that just such an event caused the extinction of pterosaurs, dinosaurs, and marine reptiles, and brought about a protracted cold darkness. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Diabetes BR 13746
by Gail B. Stewart
1 volume
Discusses the history, nature, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of diabetes. Explains that this disease, which reduces the body's ability to convert food into energy, can be controlled with proper medication and a healthy diet. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1999.

Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper BR 13751
translated by Marcia Brown
1 volume (Reissue)
Saved from the cruelty of her wicked stepmother, a poor girl goes to the ball of the king's son with the help of her fairy godmother. A modern retelling of Charles Perrault's French tale. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 1954.

The Three Bears BR 13753
by Paul Galdone
1 volume
A little girl named Goldilocks visits the house of the three bears while they are away and causes mischief. She even falls asleep in the Little Wee Bear's bed. And then the bears come home. For grades K-3. 1972.

Heartsongs BR 13761
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
1 volume
A collection of poems by a boy who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. He expresses his belief in celebrating the gifts of life every day and encourages everyone to listen to the special song inside his or her heart. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2001.

Journey through Heartsongs BR 13762
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
1 volume
This second collection of poems expands on the themes of faith and hope found in Heartsongs (BR 13761). In "I Could...If They Would," Mattie shares his dreams of what he would do if a cure were discovered for his rare disease. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2001.

Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements BR 14008
by Deborah Hopkinson
1 volume
Describes the invention of the modern recipe. As a mother's helper, Fannie Farmer was always answering cooking questions from her employer's young daughter. Soon Fannie got the idea of writing down precise instructions for cooking and measuring, which eventually led to her first cookbook. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2001.

Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354 BR 14013
by James Rumford
1 volume
An account of a Muslim scholar's journeys in the years before Columbus was born. In 1325, twenty-one-year-old Ibn Battuta left his home in Morocco as a pilgrim bound for Mecca. He enjoyed traveling so much, he kept going east to the edge of the known world. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices BR 14014
selected by Paul B. Janeczko
1 volume
A washing machine, a broom, kites, cats, and other animals and objects express themselves in this collection of poems. The "Dirty Laundry Pile" explains why it can only be ignored for a little while. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2001.

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