Braille Book Review

January-February 2012

Books for Children

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


Emily Post's Table Manners for Kids         BR 18659
by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning
1 volume
An etiquette guide to eating without grossing people out. Provides rules with explanations for everything from washing before meals to thanking your hostess. Covers setting the table, eating with your fingers, talking with your mouth full, and waiting in buffet and school-cafeteria lines. Offers conversation tips. For grades 4-7. 2009.

A Life like Mine         BR 18860
1 volume
Introduces children of various nationalities and backgrounds who share the desire for a healthy, safe place to grow up. Discusses children's basic needs for food, water, shelter, schooling, and play. Describes the issues of war, disabilities, and child labor. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Heroes for My Son     BR 19080
by Brad Meltzer
1 volume
The author profiles some fifty men and women as examples to live by for his eight-year-old son. Includes the Wright brothers; Frank Shankwitz, creator of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and a boy with cerebral palsy whose father pushes his wheelchair in races. Uncontracted braille. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2010.

My Pet Gecko         BR 19089
by Rennay Craats
1 volume
Provides background information on this harmless lizard species. Explains which geckos make good pets, their living-space and food requirements, and the owner's responsibilities. Warns that geckos do not like frequent handling. For grades 3-6. 2010.

The First American Flag         BR 19091
by Kathy Allen
1 volume
Presents facts about United States flag history from the earliest one for the thirteen colonies during the Revolutionary War to the banner representing the fifty states. Discusses the legend of Betsy Ross and explains the flag's real origins. For grades K-3. 2010.

The First Independence Day Celebration         BR 19093
by Kathy Allen
1 volume
Talks about the first Independence Day in 1776, when the declaration signed by the thirteen colonies meant war with Great Britain. Discusses ways the celebration changed after the colonists' victory in 1781 and compares it to our modern Fourth of July with parades, picnics, and fireworks. For grades K-3. 2010.

Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up         BR 19096
by Anne Katz
1 volume
Advice on handling the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty. Covers bra fitting, menstruation, mood swings, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, sleep needs, and relationships with family and friends. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Ireland         BR 19098
by Anna McQuinn and Colm McQuinn
1 volume
Facts about this small North Atlantic island nation. Chronicles the country's history from its ancient Celtic civilization to its formation into a modern republic. Describes Ireland's geography, including its cliffs and bogs. Discusses Irish citizens' desire to preserve their cultural traditions while improving the economy. For grades 3-6. 2008.

United States         BR 19167
by Elden Croy
1 volume
Discusses the diverse people and landscapes of the fifty states that make up the United States of America. Describes the geography, wildlife, history, arts, and economy of this vast country. For grades 3-6. 2010.

This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-Taking Scientists Who Figure Out Ways to Explore beyond Earth         BR 19168
by Gloria Skurzynski
1 volume
Traces the history of rocketry from its Chinese origins to the International Space Station and profiles key scientists such as Wernher von Braun. Explains the scientific principles that allow satellite launches to overcome Earth's gravity. Recaps the space race and space shuttle program. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Explaining Diabetes         BR 19170
by Anita Loughrey
1 volume
Defines type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Discusses symptoms and diagnoses, insulin injections, dietary guidelines, physical activity, related health issues, and treatments. Includes case studies of adults and kids who live with diabetes and manage their conditions. For grades 4-7. 2010.

One-Minute Mysteries: Sixty-five Short Mysteries You Solve with Math!         BR 19176
by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder
1 volume
Real-life situations at home, play, or outdoors that require math to solve. In "A Measured Response" two boys without a measuring container substitute a soda can and a water bottle. In "A Slice of Life" the challenge is dividing pizza. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Autism         BR 19229
by Robert Snedden
1 volume
Describes autism, the autistic spectrum, Asperger syndrome, and the varied effects of these disorders on people. Discusses genetics, treatment options, and possible behaviors of autistic children at home, at school, and as they age. Includes case notes on individuals. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Asthma         BR 19230
by Angela Royston
1 volume
Defines asthma--a condition affecting breathing--and describes its causes and treatments. Discusses the function of the lungs and the effect asthma has on them, the triggers and handling of an asthma attack, and prevention techniques. Includes case notes on children and athletes with asthma. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Blindness         BR 19237
by Lionel Bender
1 volume
Discusses blindness and various levels of visual impairment, some of which are age-related. Covers causes and effects, treatments for certain conditions, mobility challenges, home and school issues, and new technologies. Includes case studies featuring children and adults. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Explaining Deafness         BR 19240
by Sarah Levete
1 volume
Discusses degrees of deafness and its effect on people. Details causes and diagnosis of deafness and covers topics including lipreading, sign language, hearing aids, cochlear implants, technological devices, and the deaf community. For grades 4-7. 2010.

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