Braille Book Review

May-June

Books for Children

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

Nonfiction


Einstein Adds a New Dimension: The Story of Science, Book 3         BR 17839
by Joy Hakim
6 volumes
Examines Albert Einstein's discoveries in the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. Discusses the way his theories revolutionized scientific thinking about the universe and led to modern inventions, from the atom bomb to cell phones. For grades 6–9 and older readers. 2007.


Around the World Cookbook         BR 18154
by Abigail Johnson Dodge
1 volume
More than fifty recipes plus background information on international foods, such as miso soup, shrimp pad Thai, tandoori chicken legs, kebabs, tabbouleh, gazpacho, German potato salad, shepherd's pie, scones, cheese quesadillas, tostones, jambalaya, and cornbread. Covers kitchen basics from cleaning hands to washing utensils. For grades 4–7. 2008.


Up Close: Theodore Roosevelt         BR 18717
by Michael L. Cooper
1 volume
Biography of the twenty-sixth U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Describes Roosevelt's overcoming severe asthma as a child and becoming a man of high spirits with a sense of adventure, who demonstrated courage on the battlefield. Discusses his family life, political career, and conservation efforts. For grades 6–9. 2009.


Animal Aha! Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science         BR 18721
by Diane Swanson
1 volume
Highlights six instances when field scientists observed previously unrecorded animal behavior: gorillas using tools, elephants recognizing themselves in mirrors, dolphins doing math, parrots speaking intelligently, cockroaches learning at night, and pythons' hearts enlarging while eating. For grades 3–6. 2009.


Cub Scout Tiger Cub Handbook         BR 18798
by Boy Scouts of America
2 volumes
This 2008 reprint explains the requirements for earning the Tiger Cub badge for first-grade or seven-year-old boys. Details each of the five achievements, including family and den activities. Reviews the initial Bobcat badge requirements. Provides an introductory guide for scouts' adult partners. For grades K–3. 2001.


Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis; Young Readers Edition         BR 18800
by Al Gore
2 volumes
This follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth (BR 17616) discusses ways humans can live in balance with the natural world. Topics include carbon-free energy such as solar, wind, or nuclear power; reforestation; soil conservation; and reduced consumption of material goods. For grades 4–7. 2009.


Afghanistan         BR 18806
by Susan Whitfield
1 volume
Turbulent history of the landlocked Central Asian country of Afghanistan. Covers the 1979 invasion by the Soviet Union, the 1989 outbreak of the six-year civil war, and the 1994–2001 rule of the Taliban. Describes the land's tribal societies, languages, natural resources, geography, and customs. For grades 3–6. 2008.


Israel         BR 18807
by Emma Young
1 volume
Geography, history, culture, and government of the Jewish state once known as Canaan. Describes Israel's landscapes, wildlife, official languages, religions, ancient civilizations, and modern conflicts with Arab nations. For grades 3–6. 2008.


Fun for the Family         BR 18808
by Boy Scouts of America
1 volume
Cub Scouting program that explores activities to shape family identity, develop personal skills, build teamwork at home, connect with the community, and face household challenges. Includes requirements for earning the Fun for the Family award. For grades 2–4 and older readers. 2008.

How to Train with a T. Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals         BR 19007
by Michael Phelps
1 volume
Michael Phelps describes the six years of physical training it took to win eight gold medals in swimming at the 2008 Olympics. Measures his eating in calories and pizzas, his swimming practice in meters and miles, and winning his last race by a fingernail! PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K–3. 2009.

Never Smile at a Monkey: And Seventeen Other Important Things to Remember         BR 19010
by Steve Jenkins
1 volume
Explains the unusual ways some wild creatures protect themselves. Advises you to be wary of the teeth, claws, spines, and venom of these dangerous animals: platypus, cone shell, hippopotamus, box jellyfish, stingray, cane toad, puffer fish, cobra, electric caterpillar, kangaroo, rhesus monkey, and others. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K–3. 2009.


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