Braille Book Review

July-August 2004
Books for Children

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

Robots BR 14767
by Mark Bergin
1 volume
Traces the history of robots from mechanical toys to modern uses and future possibilities. Describes robots that perform repetitive tasks, operate in dangerous situations, assist in medical procedures, and work in space exploration, among other functions. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2001.

Period: A Girl's Guide to Menstruation; with a Parent's Guide BR 14768
by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen
1 volume
Discusses the physical and psychological changes that occur when menstruation starts, typically between the ages of nine and sixteen. Explains what to expect and what products are available. Gives correct pronunciation of relevant medical terms and additional information for parents. For grades 5-8. 2001.

What If? A Kid's Guide to Surviving Just about Anything BR 14788
by Lynne Gibbs
1 volume
Basic safety tips to help children handle hazardous situations. Self-protection information covers materials, methods, and skills for coping in the wilderness or in strong weather conditions, reacting to encounters with dangerous animals, applying simple first aid, and being "street-smart." For grades 3-6. 2002.

Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog BR 14814
by Eva Moore
1 volume
Morris Frank, a blind man, traveled to Switzerland in the 1920s to train with his first guide dog, Buddy, a German shepherd. After learning to work together, Morris and Buddy went to the United States to teach other blind people about Seeing Eye dogs. For grades 2-4. 1996.

Phillis Wheatley BR 14860
by Susan R. Gregson
1 volume
Biography of the African American poet Phillis Wheatley who was brought to colonial Boston in 1761 as a young slave. Describes Wheatley's education and family life and her success in the publishing world. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Helen Keller BR 14883
by Don McLeese
1 volume
Biography of Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf as the result of a childhood fever but learned to read, speak, and write. For grades 2-4. 2003.

When Marian Sang BR 15013
by Pam Muņoz Ryan
1 volume
A short biography of the internationally acclaimed singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993). The story, weaving in musical lyrics, recounts her journey from the church choir through appearances in the great music houses. An afterword discusses how Anderson's talent and noble spirit helped triumph over racism. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2002.

Noah's Ark BR 15014
by Jerry Pinkney
1 volume
Noah follows God's command to build an ark to hold his family and two of every animal, in preparation for the great flood. A retelling of the biblical story. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Honor. 2002.

If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People BR 15019
by David J. Smith
1 volume
Depicts the world's population (more than six billion) as a village of one hundred people. Discusses the breakdown of nationalities, languages, ages, religions, levels of schooling, and other conditions of people in the village. Also compares the village's past and estimated future population. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2002.

The Man Who Made Time Travel BR 15020
by Kathryn Lasky
1 volume
Explains the eighteenth-century need for an instrument to determine a ship's position at sea and the lifelong efforts of John Harrison, an uneducated clockmaker, to create such a device. His desire for perfection and the simplicity of his sea clock solution worked against his receiving the offered prize. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 3-6. 2003.


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