Braille Book Review

July-August

Books for Children

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

Nonfiction

Astronaut Handbook         BR 18029
by Meghan McCarthy
1 volume
Prepares would-be astronauts by explaining what’s expected of the scientists, pilots, and engineers who travel into space. Discusses the mental and physical preparations and describes how astronauts eat, use the toilet, and bathe without gravity. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2008.


Up Close: Thurgood Marshall         BR 18445
by Chris Crowe
2 volumes
Biography traces the career of the civil rights lawyer and first African American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Describes Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) growing up under segregation and winning the landmark 1954 desegregation case of Oliver Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. For grades 6-9. 2008.


Cub Scout Bear Handbook         BR 18797
by Boy Scouts of America
2 volumes
This 2008 reprint explains the requirements for earning the Bear badge for third-grade or nine-year-old boys. Details each of the twenty-four choices available within the twelve achievements, including opening a savings account and building a toolbox. Reviews the initial Bobcat badge requirements. Provides a parent guide. For grades 2-4. 2003.


Boy Scout Handbook: Twelfth Edition         BR 18799
by Boy Scouts of America
3 volumes
This official guide to Scouting explains the history, ideals, and organization of the Boy Scouts of America. Explores leadership, fitness, first aid, campcraft, and other elements of the Scouting program. Provides guidance for advancing in the ranks from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.


Iraq         BR 18906
by Byron Augustin and Jake Kubena
1 volume
Describes the geography, history, culture, and religion of the Middle Eastern country known as the cradle of civilization. Discusses the oil-producing nation's ethnic diversity, including its Kurdish population; Saddam Hussein's twenty-five-year reign; and the effects of the Gulf and Iraq wars on the Iraqi people. For grades 5-8. 2006.


Iran         BR 18907
by JoAnn Milivojevic
1 volume
Overview of the Middle Eastern country known throughout history as Persia, which in 1979 became the first Islamic republic. Discusses Iran's geography, wildlife, history, people, and culture. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Django         BR 19012
by Bonnie Christensen
1 volume
Free-verse portrait of world-acclaimed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910–1953), from his birth in a poor gypsy camp to his stardom on the stages of Paris. Describes Django learning to play the guitar again after badly burning his left hand. PRINT/BRAILLE.
For grades 2-4. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009.

All the World         BR 19013
by Liz Garton Scanlon
1 volume
Poetic celebration of a family’s day, from enjoying a sunny morning at the beach and a trip to a garden to taking refuge from a thunderstorm. The day ends with sharing music at home. Explores themes of connectivity and comfort. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Caldecott Honor Book. 2009.

Protecting the Planet: Environmental Activism         BR 19060
by Pamela Dell
1 volume
Discusses effects of climate change and describes what governments are
doing to protect the earth and its inhabitants—both people and animals.
Explains actions individuals can take to conserve resources. Uncontracted
braille. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.


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