Braille Book Review


Books for Children


Best Friends         BR 18695
by Mary Bard
1 volume
After Co Co, a girl from Paris, moves next door to Suzie and they discover they each will turn twelve in July, they become best friends. Now if they can just arrange for Co Co's father to marry Suzie's mother, they can live together. For grades 4–7. 1955.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood: In Which Winnie-the-Pooh Enjoys Further Adventures with Christopher Robin and His Friends         BR 18811
by David Benedictus
2 volumes
This authorized sequel to The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh (BR 16417) presents ten new stories featuring the boy Christopher Robin and his faithful companions—Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo. For grades K–3. 2009.

On Viney's Mountain         BR 18820
by Joan Donaldson
2 volumes
Cumberland Mountains, Tennessee; 1879. Sixteen-year-old weaver Viney resents the young Englishmen who arrive on her mountain to build a new utopian community called Rugby. But Viney falls in love with one of the strangers even as they change her way of life. For grades 6–9. 2009.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs         BR 18915
by Ron Koertge
1 volume
Fourteen-year-old Kevin writes poetry and plays baseball, but his cute girlfriend Mira has no interest in his lyrics or his games. Then he meets Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano—and is a poet. Novel in verse, sequel to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (BR 15507). For grades 6–9. 2010.

Blindsided         BR 18999
by Priscilla Cummings
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Natalie attends a boarding school for the blind to learn braille, cane use, and self-protection skills. After she and her roommate are attacked by drunks, Natalie must decide whether to retreat to her parents' home or actively claim an independent life. Some violence. For grades 6–9. 2010.

The Firefighters         BR 19003
by Sue Whiting
1 volume
Mrs. Iverson's class puts out an imaginary fire on their playground. After the students rest, Mrs. Iverson surprises them with a visit from real firefighters. The children learn what to do in a burning building: "get down low and go, go, go!" PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2008.

The Storyteller's Candle/La Velita de los Cuentos         BR 19004
by Lucía González
1 volume
The Great Depression. Arriving from Puerto Rico, Hildamar and Santiago feel more at home in New York City after meeting librarian Pura Belpré, who invites their family to celebrate Three Kings' Day at the library. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K–3. Pura Belpré Honor Book. (La Gran Depresión. Al llegar de Puerto Rico, Hildamar y Santiago se sienten más en casa en Nueva York después de una reunión con la bibliotecaria Pura Belpré, quien invita a su familia para celebrar el Día de Reyes en la biblio-teca. Libro bilingüe en Inglés y Español.) 2008.

Corduroy         BR 19005
by Don Freeman
1 volume
A little girl shopping with her mother meets Corduroy, a toy bear in a department store. The girl and the bear know they belong together but have to figure out how to make it happen. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool–grade 2. 1968.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town         BR 19006
by Judy Sierra
1 volume
It's sleepytime in Alphabet Town, but some of the little (lower-case) alphabet letters don't want to go to bed yet. A rhyming story. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool–grade 2. 2009.

The Best Horse Ever         BR 19051
by Alice DeLaCroix
1 volume
Abby's dream of owning a horse, especially the gentle bay named Griffin she has ridden many times before, finally comes true. But her best friend Devon is afraid of the large animal and Abby worries this may be the end of their friendship. For grades 3–6. 2010.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer         BR 19083
by John Grisham
2 volumes
Both kids and adults ask eighth grader Theo for legal advice because he knows the court system so well. But when his friend Julio approaches Theo about a possible surprise witness for an ongoing murder trial—the biggest in Strattenburg's history—it's Theo's turn to seek counsel. For grades 5–8. 2010.

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