Braille Book Review

January-February 2011

Books for Children

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


Up Close: Rachel Carson         BR 18400
by Ellen Levine
2 volumes
Biography of Rachel Carson (1907-1964), the woman who started the U.S. environmental revolution during the 1960s. Discusses her education and fascination with nature, her battles against sexism and big-business interests, and the writing of Silent Spring (BR 11887)--her wake-up call about pesticide pollution. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Up Close: Harper Lee, a Twentieth-Century Life         BR 18603
by Kerry Madden
2 volumes
Biography of To Kill a Mockingbird (BR 12850) author, Nelle Harper Lee, born in Alabama in 1926. Discusses Lee's law studies, work for the campus newspaper, discomfort with celebrity, and desire to live simply. Also covers the publication of her book. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Up Close: Babe Ruth, a Twentieth-Century Life         BR 18611
by Wilborn Hampton
1 volume
Biography of homerun-record-making baseball player Babe Ruth (1895-1948) discusses his unhappy childhood, career with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, and athletic prowess in the ballpark. Covers his complicated private life and separates fact from legend. For grades 6-9. 2009.

What's So Bad about Gasoline? Fossil Fuels and What They Do         BR 18621
by Anne Rockwell
1 volume
Discusses the history of petroleum use as fuel and the environmental problems caused by gasoline engines in cars and trucks. Explains ways to reduce pollution and suggests alternative sources of energy. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Waste and Recycling         BR 18626
by Sally Hewitt
1 volume
Discusses the ways students can recycle paper and cardboard, organic waste, cooking oil, textiles, plastic, metal, glass, cellular phones, and big machines. Provides goals and suggests activities including sponsoring a recycling party. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice         BR 18681
by Phillip Hoose
1 volume
Uses interviews to provide a firsthand account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin's arrest for refusing to give her bus seat to a white woman in 1955 Alabama. Explains the era's racial segregation policy and the consequences of Claudette's demand for her constitutional rights. Some strong language. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 2009.

Wolf Handbook: Cub Scout         BR 18796
by Boy Scouts of America
2 volumes
This 2009 reprint explains the requirements for earning the Wolf badge for second-grade or eight-year-old boys. Details each of the twelve achievements or "tracks" of the Wolf trail, including identifying and using tools and cooking and eating. Reviews the initial Bobcat badge requirements. Provides a parent guide. For grades K-3. 2003.

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