Transcribed Books

Complete List as of September 2017

The books produced in UEB have been marked with an asterisk (*).

All print/braille books can be produced in either contracted or uncontracted braille. You must indicate what form of braille you desire with your order.

A Foot in the Mouth--Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout by Paul Janeczko

Whether rhyming or tongue-tying, here are more than thirty poems that beg to be read aloud. They range from classic Shakespeare (Macbeth's witches) and familiar poems (Jabberwocky) to commentary on contemporary social and cultural issues. Grades 3-7.

*Abuelita, Full of Life by Ilena de Vida

Jose is not sure what to expect when his grandmother from Mexico moves in, except that he will certainly have to change his ways. What he discovers is that he doesn’t mind one bit. Abuelita is full of surprises, and full of life. This book is a beautiful depiction of intergenerational relationships with excellent Spanish translations on each page. Ages 4-8; pre-school-grade 3.

The All Jahdu Storybook by Virginia Hamilton

This is a collection of stories involving the trickster hero Jahdi. For grades 3-6.

Almost Astronauts—13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

An interesting and informative account of women's efforts to shatter existing norms and enter into a highly non-traditional occupation in aeronautics. The struggle of these 13 women reflects the struggle of all those who have dreams that are out-of-sync with the age in which they happen to live. Grades 6 and up.

Always and Forever by Alan Durant

When Fox dies, Mole, Hare and Otter are sad. They feel they will never get over their sadness. One day, Squirrel comes to visit. She reminds Fox’s family of the funny things he used to do. At last, they realize that their memories of Fox are still with them. And he will be…always and forever. For early to intermediate readers.

Animal Friends, A Collection of Poems for Children

This playful collection of 30 poems by famous poets will delight animal lovers of all ages, but especially those in grades K-3.

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

A chapter book which features a young girl and her large extended biracial family who live in a large city in Africa. Cars, cell phones, and the Internet are a way of life, but so are traditional dress, food, and values. Humor is drawn from situations in which embracing modern ideas has unexpected outcomes. Grades 2-5.

Arthur’s Eyes by Marc Brown

Arthur’s friends tease him about his new glasses, but he soon learns to wear them with pride. For preschoolers through grade 3.

Away West by Pat McKissack

In 1879, thirteen-year-old Everett Turner leaves a life of struggle on his family’s farm and runs away to St. Louis, where he works in a livery stable before heading to the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. For middle readers, grades 3-5.

Because I Could Not Stop My Bike and Other Poems by Karen Jo Shapiro

The poems contained in this volume are delightful parodies of 26 classic poems in which the author has retained the rhythms and meters of the original works, but adapted the content to be appealing to children. Grades 3-6.

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban (print/braille)

A children’s classic, this is one story about Frances , a little badger, an her family. For ages 4-8.

The Big, Big Wall by Reginald Howard (print/braille)

Humpty Dumpty doesn’t want to have a big fall. See how his friends come to his assistance in order to help him down. For grades K-2.

The Big Swim by Cary Fagan

“When his parents send him to summer camp for the first time, Ethan has just three goals. First, to survive. Second, not to be hated. Third, not to be the worst of anything. Then Zachary arrives, surrounded by a cloud of rumors…” This book is a good summer read for anyone who has ever gone to summer camp—or may be thinking about going. Grades 3-6.

Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami

Amber, Jazz and Geena Dhillon are three fabulous sisters with a reputation for being the coolest, best-dressed girls at their school. But their classmates don’t know that they work extra hard to look perfect and together to all of their friends…while privately trying not to think about how much they miss their mother, who died a year ago. Find out what happens when an interfering auntie from India comes to live with them. Grades 4-6.

The Birthday Storm by Sharon M. Draper

It’s summer vacation, and Sassy and her family are headed to Florida to visit Grammy for her birthday celebration at the beach. Sassy can’t wait! But birthday plans are interrupted by a hurricane which also threatens the lives of the local sea turtles. How can Sassy help the turtles, as well as help everyone in her family have an unforgettable celebration? Grades 3-5.

Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Sating Capucill (print/braille)

This is a selection from a series of early readers about a puppy named Biscuit. In this book, he finds a new friend. When Biscuit meets an adorable lost duckling, he helps it find its way home. Then the fun begins! For very early readers.

Biscuit Takes a Walk by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

A playful puppy wants to see everything on a walk to Grandpa's house. Offered in print/braille in contracted or uncontracted braille. Grades K-1.

Bittle by Patricia and Emily MacLachlan

Nigel is a cat. He loves to chase mice and scratch rugs. Julia is a dog. She loves treats and bones and sleeping. They don’t need anything else…but now they’ve got Bittle. (She’s the new baby.) How will they cope? For early to intermediate readers.

Blue Jasmine by Kashimira Sheth

When twelve year old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country. For grades 6 and up.

Bodies from the Ice, Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James Deem

All around the world, from pole to pole, glaciers are rapidly melting. Their disappearance is uncovering long-hidden bodies of people who died in the glaciers. As their bodies are revealed, scientists study them to learn about the earth’s past. Grades 7 and up.

*The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

This is a simple and ingeniously imaginative book that can inspire laughter as it introduces young children to the idea that words are a source of great fun. The book asks that everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. After that the words speak for themselves. The words are silly, inventive and a fun challenge for young readers to speak. For readers grades 1-5.

The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler

King’s family is missing, and he’s been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn’t his beloved human, Kayla, come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him “Buddy.” Then Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has some big problems to solve. Mystery fans and dog lovers will enjoy this story about a smart, funny, loyal dog. Grades 2-3.

Buzz! A Book about Insects by Melvin Berger

Buzz! is a detailed book about insects of all sorts. Learn what insects are, how they see with big eyes, hear without ears, smell without noses, breath without lungs, taste without tongues, eat in various ways and communicate with one another without language. This book contains detailed and easy to understand information about insect life cycles, how they survive winter, where they live, what they eat. For early to intermediate readers interested in things scientific.

California Blue by David Klass

When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers discovers a new sub-species of butterfly which may necessitate closing the mill where his dying father works, they find themselves on opposite sides of the environmental conflict. For advanced readers, grades 7-12.

*The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

In 1958 Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter decided they wanted to marry. Unfortunately for them, it was against the law in Virginia. A white man and a black woman could not marry. This is the true story of Richard and Mildred and their fight to make unconstitutional the laws which prevented interracial marriage. For readers grades 3-7.

The Case of the Desperate Duck by Cynthia Rylant

Mabel’s Tea Room is missing a box of fancy sugar cubes! But who would steal sugar? And why? Thank goodness the High-Rise Private Eyes, Jack Jones and Bunny Brown are on the case! For beginning readers.

Catch Me If You Can by Bernard Most (pprint/braille)

The little dinosaur might be fast, but the biggest dinosaur is BIG! Will the little dinosaur get away? Print/braille. Grades K-2.

Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance by Eleanora E. Tate

When Celeste Massey is forced to live with her actress aunt, she is not thrilled to trade her friends and surroundings for a scary big-city life. Things are not all what they seem. She must eventually face a choice between ambition and loyalty, roots and new horizons. The decision will change her forever. Grades 5-9 and up.

A Chair for Baby Bear by Kaye Umansky

Goldilocks ate up all of Baby Bear’s porridge and broke Baby Bear’s chair…but what happened after Goldilocks left? Kids will delight in this brand new story of how Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear go shopping for a brand new chair. But best of all is the surprise package from an old friend and a happy ending to this charming story. For young readers, grades 1-3.

Charley’s First Night and When Charley Met Grampa by Amy Hest

Henry finds Charley one cold snowy night on the street and carries him home. These two delightful books recount the story of accepting and caring for a new puppy and how it can warm even the most reluctant heart. Produced in one braille volume for grades 2-3.

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Chickadee is the first novel of a new series for children 8 and up in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series. Twin brothers Chickadee and Makoons have done everything together since they were born—until the unthinkable happens and the brothers are separated. Desperate to reunite, both Chickadee and his family must travel across new territories, forge unlikely friendships, and experience both unexpected moments of unbearable heartache as well as pure happiness. And through it all, Chickadee has the strength of his namesake, the chickadee, to carry him on.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Mayday! by Edward and Andrea Packard

This book allows the reader to decide how it unfolds by making choices about the plot. For grades 7 and up.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

A hilarious book about typing cows. As the dust jacket says, “Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears, ‘Click, clack, moo.’ But Farmer Brown’s problems really begin when his cows start leaving him notes...” For early readers or intermediate readers who want a good laugh.

*Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac

Sixteen-year-old Ned Begay enlisted in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code kept secret until 1969. Bruchac assumes the persona of a Navajo grandfather to tell Begay's story to his grandchildren. An accurate, inspiring story for grades 5-9.

A Color Compilation: Light and Color by Peter Riley, Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill, The Story of Colors, La Historia de los Colores (English/Spanish) For grades 3 and up.

The Complete Cow by Sara Rath

This is an entertaining, yet serious, look at dairy and beef cows of the world. It includes ancient myths about cows, familiar and not-so-familiar breeds and more. For middle school and high school readers.

*Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

This is a story of a 10-year-old boy, Jackson, whose imaginary friend (a seven-foot-tall talking cat) helps him cope with a family crisis--an impending eviction notice. Crenshaw is the companion that Jackson needs to realize that the weight of the world is not on his shoulders. Grades 4-8.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin “finds her voice”, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say. D. J. finds her best friend isn’t so friendly anymore, her little brother doesn’t talk, her mother has two jobs and her dad would be furious if she tried out for the football team herself. But there is only one person to tell all this to – the rival team’s quarterback whom she must train. Grades 9-12.

The Day I Saw My Father Cry by Bill Cosby

Little Bill confronts two powerful emotions, anger and grief, in this important story in which Little Bill’s family loses a special friend. This book affirms the value of friendships and family relationships and encourages children to solve problems fairly and creatively. (Each “Little Bill” book features a letter to parents by child psychiatry specialist Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint.) For early readers.

*The Death of the Hat, A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Poetry, scholars claim, is one of the oldest living art forms. This book offers a rich and varied collection of poetry from across many epochs. Some poems may be recognizable, but others will be new to readers. Ages 10 and older.

The Desert Is My Mother—El Desierto Es My Madre (English/Spanish) by Pat Mora

This is a beautifully written poem about the nurturing qualities of the desert as seem through the eyes of a young girl. For second through fourth grade readers who are bilingual or have an interest in learning Spanish.

The Diamond Tree by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush

This book includes several Jewish folk tales from around the world. For grades 3-6.

Dillon Dillon by Kate Banks

A quirky ten-year-old learns a life-changing secret about his past in this beautifully observed coming-of-age story set by a lake in summertime. For intermediate to advanced readers.

Dinosaur Dances by Jane Yolen

This book is a delightful, imaginative collection of poems about dinosaurs that love to dance. For grades 2 and up.

*Do You Still Love Me? by Sarah Emmanuelle Burg

Carrot is having a bad day. This morning her mommy and daddy had an argument, and she feels terrible. Do they still love each other? Carrot wonders. Do they still love her? Her friend Oscar tries to help, but the best help comes from Mommy and Daddy. This tender story could be a comfort to young children who have ever watched people they love argue. For pre-K through 2nd grade.

*Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Born in Cuba in the 1920’s, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga dreamed of drumming the rhythms of her native country, but was told that only boys could learn to play drums. Finally her father agreed to find her a teacher who was amazed at her talent and helped her change others’ attitudes. Millo became a world famous musician who played alongside many jazz greats. A winner of the 2016 Charlotte Zolotov Award for ages 4-8.

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Another silly animal book for those who like to laugh. One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike!” he thought. At first he rode very slowly, and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! A Duck on a bike? From Sheep to Horse to Chicken to Goat, everyone in the barnyard has something to say about Duck’s zany idea. But what are they really thinking? What will happen next? For early readers and those who like a good giggle.

The Edmund Fitzgerald by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Leaving port from Superior, Wisconsin, on a sunny November day, the crew of the Edumnd Fitzgerald is looking forward to a routine crossing of the deep Lake Superior. But disaster is building in the wind as a storm begins to track after the great ship. This retelling of the last hours of the doomed vessel pays homage to all sailors who traverse deep waters, in fair skies and foul. For Grades 3-5.

Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw

The story of four hominins—people who lived before recorded history. The four discoveries (Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman) present a host of compelling stories from the moment that they are first sighted through the history of the research and the often conflicting explanations of the results. Grades 7 and up.

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

Tomie was born in Meriden, Connecticut, and soon after his fifth birthday, moved with his family to 25 Fairmount Avenue. This book, Tomie’s first chapter book, recounts his childhood experiences growing up in a large Irish and Italian family. For beginning chapter book readers.

Family—Familia (English/Spanish) by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

This delightful book, written in both Spanish and English, tells the story of the Gonzalez family reunion. Readers learn about the importance of family in Spanish-speaking cultures. For third through fifth grade readers who are bilingual or have an interest in learning Spanish.

Finding Nemo: Just Keep Swimming by Melissa Lagonegro (print/braille)

Nemo has a dream. He wants to join the school swim team. He’s worried that he will never win but learns to accept the help and advice of his friends. Grades K – 2.

Food and Farming by Andrew Charman

“If you could go back far enough in time, you would find that all our ancestors were farmers…” This book is packed with information about farming, past and present, what farming is like around the world and what farms will be like in the future. For upper elementary through middle school readers.


This is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic. For grades 7 and up.

Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt

Sometimes I live with my Mom. Sometimes I live with my Dad. But Fred stays with me. Divorce isn’t easy, but it helps when you have a pet like Fred even though he is such a troublemaker at times! For beginning readers, Grades 1-2.

The Freedom Business by Marilyn Nelson

This book of poetry, interspersed with A Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa, is the true life account of Broteer Furro, captured by slave traders at age six, and brought to Rhode Island. There he was purchased, given a new name, and worked many years before being able to purchase his freedom. Grades 7 and up.

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon by Dhona Gopal Mukenji

This Newberry Medal winner is a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking story of the training and care of a carrier pigeon in a World War I time frame. For grades 6-9.

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Amber has a normal case of the back-to-school jitters. But once she and her classmates meet their new teacher, they know it’s going to be a wild and memorable year. For early readers.

Get Well, Good Knight by Shelley Thomas

What does a Knight do when his three dragon friends are not feeling well? When Good Kinght turns to the Wizard for help, things do not go as well as planned. Now who can help the Knight help his friends, the dragons, get well? For early readers.

The Goats by Brock Cole

Bullied by their campmates, a boy and a girl are marooned on an island, but unite, survive, and rise above human cruelty. One reviewer calls this book “one of the most unflinching, important novels ever written for children.” For middle school and teen readers.

The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won by Stephen Ambrose

This book is a thorough description of the major events that occurred during the war including personal anecdotes from the soldiers who fought in it. For upper elementary through high school readers.

*Good Night, Good Dog by Mary Lyn Ray

It’s time to say goodnight. But what if a dog isn’t sleepy? Fresh and tender, this book captures how a reluctant pup warms to bedtime in a way that young children will recognize immediately—and find as reassuring as their own bed. A Charlotte Zolotov Award winner, this book comes highly recommended. Produced in print/braille for ages 2-4.

Good Night Wisconsin by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper

Good night children of Wisconsin. Thank you for sharing a wonderful day—morning, afternoon and nighttime throughout Wisconsin. The Milwaukee County Zoo, Door County and Lambeau Field are just a few of the locations children will visit in this charming book about the Badger State. Board book for pre-readers; print/braille.

*Granddaddy’s Turn—A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael Bandy

A young African American boy who idolizes his grandfather walks with him from their farm to town so he can vote for the very first time in his life. Proudly the boy takes a photo of this granddaddy holding his ballot. When granddaddy can’t read a very difficult text, he is told that he cannot vote. Fast forward to the little boy now a grown man and old enough to vote for the first time in 1976. He takes the photo of his granddaddy with him to the polls. A note at the end provides further information about the voting rights struggle in the 1950s and 1960s. Ages 6-9.

Grandpa’s Face by Eloise Greenfield

Tamika loves her grandfather. But sometimes her grandfather’s face is not the gentle face that she trusts, and one day when Tamika sees him rehearsing for a play, she suddenly sees a face she’s never seen before. Could this angry stranger really be her grandfather? For Grades 2-4.

Grasslands by Debra Seely

Thirteen-year-old Thomas has always longed to taste the freedom of life on the Western range. When a letter arrives from his father, inviting Thomas to join his father’s new family on their Kansas farm, Thomas is excited to join them. Soon he discovers farm life isn’t what he expected. When the family herd gets swept up in a cattle stampede, Thomas must follow, and it is then that he faces the prairie adventures he’s dreamed of. For intermediate to advanced readers.

Grilled Pizza Sandwich and other Vegetarian Recipes by Kristi Johnson

This Snap book is full of easy recipes for kids to make. Each recipe is given a difficulty rating, a serving size, a simple list of needed tools and ingredients, and a numbered list of steps to follow to make the dish. From Grilled Pizza Sandwiches to Pita Pocket Salads, this book offers good treats for just about everyone. Suitable for grades 3 on up.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare compare their love for one another as Big Nutbrown Hare puts Little Nutbrown Hare to bed. This is a short story of a simple loving relationship between two rabbits. For young readers or for older readers to share with younger children.

Guests by Michael Dorris

This is a story of Thanksgiving as it might have appeared to a Native American boy with much more important things than Pilgrims on his mind. For grades 4-6.

Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina

An inspiring book about voting rights. In 1872, Susan B. Anthony believed that the 14th Amendment gave her, as a woman, the right to vote. The government did not agree, and she spent time in jail and was fined for her beliefs. Although she died before women were allowed to vote (not until 1920), her actions led to the formation of the women's suffrage movement. Grades 2-4.

Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares

Henry Aaron was a young boy growing up in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like an impossible dream: to be a big-league baseball player. He didn’t have a bat or ball and there were no black baseball players in the major leagues but nothing could stop Henry Aaron. Grades 3 – 5.

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson (print/braille)

Inspired by a passage from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, this wonderfully appealing story follows two friends who have very different approaches to life. This book is a wonderful introduction to Thoreau for young readers.

Here’s a Little Poem, A Very First Book of Poetry, collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Peters

This superb selection contains more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers from Margaret Wise Brown to Langston Hughes to Hilaire Belloc. Grade 2 and up.

Hi! Fly Guy, Super Fly Guy and Shoo Fly Guy by Ted Arnold

“A fly was flying. He was looking for something to eat. A boy was walking. He was looking for something for The Amazing Pet Show.” The boy and fly meet and so begins a very funny friendship. These three humorous books, offered in one braille volume, are great for children who are reading their first chapter books. For beginning readers, Grades 1-2.

Himalaya by Tenzing Norbu Lama

This book is based upon an Oscar-nominated film of the same name. The Dolpo people live high in the Himalayan Mountains. Their lives depend on the extremely arduous treks they make down to the central valleys of Nepal to trade salt for grain. A young village boy Tsering experiences the death of his father, a caravan leader, during one of these treks and becomes embroiled in a dispute to become the next leader of his people. For intermediate readers.

Home Is Where the Heart Is by Anne Mazer

Oh, no…the Hayes family is moving! Abby won’t have to switch schools, but she’ll have to leave behind her purple room and live miles away from all of her friends. The only good thing about the move is that Abby and her siblings are united against it…until her sibs see their new swimming pool, that is. Will Abby’s new house ever feel like home? For Grades 3-6.

Honeysuckle House by Andrea Cheng

Ten-year-old Sarah misses her best friend. The last thing she needs is to be paired with the new girl at school, Tina, who has just arrived from China. Sarah is used to being confused with other Asian students at school, but she doesn’t want people to assume she and Tina have a lot in common. Sarah and Tina are reluctant to forge a friendship. Both of them must come to terms with the changes in their lives and these changes slowly draw them together. For intermediate to advanced readers.

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

This is a unique blend of fiction, baseball fact, and inspiring story. It also provides lessons about life that young readers will be inspired by. Joe thinks life can’t get much worse until he gets a cleaning job. Cleaning Miss Young’s attic, which is filled with worthless trash, Joe finds a little piece of cardboard. He’s holding the world’s most valuable baseball card! Suddenly, strangely, Joe is face-to-face with the player on the card…traveling through time with one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived. For intermediate readers.

A Horse Called Starfire by Betty Boegehold

A Spanish explorer sets his horse free in the New World. Alone, she wanders into the lives of Wolf Cub and his father, forming a mystical bond that changes the ways of their Native American tribe forever. This story is one of the Bank Street Ready-to-Read series for children in grades 2-4.

How to Build a House: A Novel by Dana Reinhardt

Seventeen-year-old Harper hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee. She finds herself working with Teddy, the son of the family who will receive the house. Learning to trust him could be the first step toward finding her way back home. Grade 9 and up.

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to finance a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother and is determined to improve their situation. When she spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of $500, she decides that all she has to do is “borrow” a dog to claim the reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected. For readers ages 8-12.

Hurricane Katrina: Deadly Disasters by Mara Miller

Katrina gains strength—What is a hurricane?—Katrina strikes—New Orleans floods—After Katrina—The next hurricane. For intermediate readers, grades 6-9.

I Am Arachne: Fifteen Greek and Roman Myths (compiled by Elizabeth Spires)

This is a collection of fifteen myths told in the first person. From the spinner Arachne to the god Pan, to the beautiful and self-indulgent Pandora, to the gold-stricken Midas, the reader becomes a confidant to the tellers of these sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, always engaging tales of wonder, woe, romantic love, and jealousy. For grade 6 and up.

*I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

In this young reader’s edition of Yousafzai's best-selling memoir, the Nobel Peace Prize winner retells her experiences at home and at school and discusses the impact of the Taliban presence in Pakistan. Her fresh, straightforward voice creates an easily read narrative for grade 6 and up.

I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helen Boudreau

This is a cautionary tale about the consequences of that most contagious of conditions: yawning. An omniscient narrator warns readers about the perils of yawning (yawns can lead to bedtime), so cautions against listening to lullabies or bedtime stories, or catching others in the process of yawning. Reproduced as a print/braille book for preschoolers and early readers.

I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis

When the day has ended and everyone else has gone to sleep, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure, accompanied by his friend, the Moon. Written in lyrical verse, this book invites all readers to marvel at the serene beauty of the world at night. A good read aloud or for primary to intermediate readers who enjoy poetry.

In the Turkey Pen by Patricia Stockland

This nonfiction book explains a day in the life of turkeys. Readers will be entertained and learn many facts about turkeys by reading this book. Grades K-2.

*Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

“In leafy calm, in gentle arms, a gorilla’s life begins.” So begins Ms. Applegate’s story about Ivan, a gorilla that was taken from its natural habitat in Africa to live captive in a US shopping mall until finally petitioners secured his release to Zoo Atlanta, a premier facility that houses gorillas in natural habitat. Be sure to read the factual essay “About Ivan” at the end of the book. An Honor Book, Charlotte Zolotow Award for 2015. For ages 5-9.

*Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker

The original Winnie was, indeed, a real bear that was cared for by veterinarian Harry Colebourn. When Harry had to leave for service during World War I, Winnie went along with him to London. This is just the beginning of the real story of how Christopher Robin and Winnie, short for Winnipeg, got together and inspired the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh. For readers 1st through 5th grade.

The above two books (Ivan and Winnie) will be bound together in one braille volume.

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Surprising Stories about Inventions by Don L. Wulffson

The world is full of inventions—zippers, hair dryers, drinking straws, sunglasses. How did all these things come to be? The author has come up with the fascinating facts about where some of our inventions have come from. For upper elementary through high school readers.

Kids Pick the Funniest Poems (compiled by Bruce Lansky)

This is a collection of funny poems selected by kids themselves. Authors include Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Judith Viorst, Jack Prelutsky, and Jeff Moss. For grades 2 and up.

Kwanzaa: An African American Holiday Activity Book

This book includes puzzles, recipes and crafts to celebrate this holiday; it is an accompaniment to the book that follows in this list. For grades 2-5.

A Kwanzaa Set (The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna Washington; The Black Snowman by Phil Mendez; and Kwanzaa: An African American Holiday by Sharon Gayle)

This set of three books describes activities to do for the holiday as well as favorite recipes for special meals. For grades 2-5.

The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses

This book, featured in Celebration Song? An African American Literary Journal, is set in rural North Carolina in 1947. “Buddy” Bush is Pattie Mae’s adored uncle. When he comes to Rehobeth Rd., Rich Square, NC, he brings with him new ideas. Unfortunately, this lands him in jail for a crime against a white woman that he didn’t commit. Pattie and her family are suddenly set on a journey that leads from loss and rage to forgiveness and pride. For advanced readers.

*Lend a Hand: Poems about Giving by John Frank

Simple acts of kindness are the first steps to changing the world. This collection of original poems celebrates the joys of bridging the invisible boundaries among people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Young readers will be inspired to lend a hand to others and practice kindness. For ages 6-9.

Ling & Ting: not exactly the same! by Grace Lin

Ling and Ting are identical twins, and do many things together. But Ling and Ting are not the same. Read about their funny adventures! Grades 1 – 3.

Listen for the Bus: David’s Story by Patricia McMahon

A young blind boy, David sets off for his first day of kindergarten at the public school in Concord, Massachusetts, enjoying a busy day as he rides the school bus, learns to maneuver through the hallways and classrooms, and makes friends with the other students. For grade 3 and up.

Leo Lionni Favorites: Six Classic Stories

This collection includes Swimmy; Tico and the Golden Wings; Fish Is Fish; Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse; The Biggest House in the World; and Frederick. For grades 1-3.

Little Wisconsin by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Following the popularity of last year’s selection Good Night Wisconsin, this board book provides lots of fun with rhyming riddles about the Badger State. “I’m short and gray, my face striped white-I live in a den and travel at night.” What am I? “An American Badger.” Although these 10 riddles appear most suited for younger ages (3-8), the book would also be useful for the fourth grade student studying Wisconsin. Print/braille.

Looking at Lincoln by Maria Kalman

Lincoln's legacy is everywhere - there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together. But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife's vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers 5-8 in a fresh and exciting way.

Louis Braille by Beverly Birch

This is a children’s biography of Louis Braille and the system of tactile reading and writing that bears his name. For elementary readers.

Lugalbanda: the boy who got caught up in a war by Kathy Henderson

An ancient Sumerian tale about the youngest and weakest of eight brothers who, caught up in an ill-advised war, uses his wits and courage and eventually becomes king. For middle-intermediate readers, grades 4-8.

Lulu and the Cat in the Bag by Hilary McKay

When a mysterious bag is left on Lulu’s doorstep, the last thing her grandmother expects to be in it is a cat—a huge, marigold-colored cat. But Lulu knows this cat doesn’t mean any harm and in fact it needs a lovely new home. From a fun-filled series for animal lovers by award-winning author Hilary McKay. A chapter book for beginning readers.

The Magic Fan by Keith Baker

One night as the moon rose over the sea, a magic fan floated in the waves. This is the story of the boy who found it—and how it changed his life forever. Grades 3-5.

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustine Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? Written by the author of “The Tale of Despereaux”, for grades 5-7.

*Madam and Nun and 1001: What is a Palindrome? by Brian P. Cleary

Hannah is a palindrome like Mom and Dad and Sis. So begins this walk into the world of palindromes. In uncontracted braille (naturally), the book is a fun read for those students (even the reluctant ones) new to braille. Ages 6 and up.

*Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

A serious, yet hopeful story about the sadness of a little girl, Saya, whose Haitian mother has been sent away to a prison for undocumented immigrants. With the help of her father and a newspaper reporter, Saya learns about the power of words and stories. The book echoes the author's own experiences. A Kirkus Best Book of 2015 for grades 2-5.

*Maya’s Blanket -- La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown

Little Maya loves her special blanket (manta) which was made by her grandmother (abuelita). Over time the manta goes through many changes until it is finally only useful as a bookmark (marcador de libros). When she loses her bookmark, Maya realizes that she can write the story down. And when she is grown with a little girl of her own, she tells that story to her. A 2016 Charlotte Zolotow winner and highly recommended, the book is written in Spanish and English. Ages 4-8.

Me, Too! by Jamie Harper

There are two words that drive Grace crazy, “Me too!” Her sister, Lucy, never says anything else. Whatever Grace does, Lucy does too. But when Grace goes to swim class one day, she too realizes how it feels to admire someone. Here is a charming story about the ups and downs of having a little sister or brother, and how learning from each other can be the best part of growing up. For readers in grades 2-4.

The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby

To win the game, Little Bill must say mean things to the new boy. But wait! Can Little Bill be a winner...and a nice person, too? This story presents a sensible alternative course of action. With help from his parents, Little Bill learns to cope with a hostile child by controlling his own reactions. When he does so, the nasty name calling falls flat. For early readers.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. The twists and turns of this story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone. A 2012 Newbery Award winner for middle school readers.

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman

Whisper Nelson hates sports, all sports with a passion! So when, by fluke, she wins a chance to kick a goal past a professional soccer star for a prize of a million dollars, she is torn. Should she try it…or just forget the whole thing? This million dollar kick might be exactly what Whisper needs to make her dreams come true…For intermediate readers.

Miracles (collected by Richard Lewis)

This book is a collection of nearly 200 poems written by children of the English speaking world, ages 5-14. For grades 3 and up.

*Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

“Isn’t “A fairy tale
this this
a fairy tale?” isn’t…”

There are two sides to every story, from Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast. Read these fairy tale poems from top to bottom, then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top to get the other point of view. This collection shows the reader that both stories and language can be magical. Ages 7 and up.

These two books will be bound together in one braille volume.

Missy Violet & Me by Barbara Hathaway

The summer that Viney is eleven puts her under the wing of Missy Violet, a well-loved midwife who teaches Viney about the business of catchin’ babies. Viney learns about roots and herbs and their medicinal purposes, and the contents of Missy Violet’s “birthin’ bag.” Scary, funny, and exhilarating, the rhythm of Viney’s life in the South quickens as she embraces her apprenticeship and finds her own special place as Missy Violet’s “best helper girl.” Grades 4–8.

Moon over High Street by Natalie Babbit (author of Tuck Everlasting)

Joe Casimir needs help with the choice he has to make. But how do you choose the person who will help you make that choice? Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knows exactly what he wants Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices—aren’t they? Joe can’t find good advice from his relatives, but good advice is right across the street. There are many good things waiting. You’ll see. For upper elementary readers.

Moon Runner by Carolyn Marsden

When Mina, a self-professed “girlie-girl” and non-athlete, turns out to excel in track, her friends are as surprised as she is, especially the competitive Ruth. When Coach chooses her to run against Ruth, Mina faces an unhappy predicament. Should she hold back on purpose and let Ruth win? Or let herself soar? Grades 3-5.

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose, a National Book Award–winning author

Middle-schoolers will enjoy this story of B95, a robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, nine thousand miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon—and halfway back! With inspiring prose, thorough research, and stirring images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird. Moonbird is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

This is the story of a small boy’s trip to rescue an overworked dragon from a jungle island bristling with wild beasts. This, and two subsequent books, were first published in 1950 and are still entertaining to young readers.

*My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best

Zulay, who is blind, wants to be treated like other kids in her first grade inclusive class. And, mostly, she is. She and her three best friends love to sing and dance, and help each other in math, reading and art. Zulay also receives instruction from a special teacher and with her help participates in Field Day activities as her friends cheer her on. Produced in print/braille for ages 5-8.

Naming Maya by Uma Krishnaswami

Although Maya has done her best to avoid it, she is spending part of her summer in India. She is thrust into an ocean of memories and forced to examine the history of her parent’s divorce—all the more painful because she believes the trouble began with the choosing of her name. For Grades 6-8.

Naptime for Slippers by Andrew Clements

Slippers is a curious and helpful puppy, but not a sleepy one. He yawns. He curls up and closes his eyes, but he can’t sleep. There are too many interesting smells and sounds for him to investigate. One by one, Slippers collects things he needs to feel cozy, so when Mommy calls him for a nice long walk, he is ready for a nap instead. For young readers, grades 1-3.

National Geographic Ultimate Weird But True

An elephant can eat 300 pounds a day! The great white shark has 300 teeth! This book is filled with the kinds of little known, interesting facts that kids love. A variety of topics that appeal to students in Grade 3 and above are covered. You will learn something yourself.

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Twelve-year old Lanesha lives in a very close-knit community in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward with her loving grandmother, Mama Ya-Ya. She can predict the future and did see the fast approaching hurricane, Katrina, coming upon New Orleans in one of her visions. Now Lanesha must rely upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. Grades 4-6.

*No More Monsters for Me by Peggy Parrish (I Can Read Book 1)

Minneapolis Simpkin really wants a pet. Her mom emphatically says "no!" So what happens when Minneapolis brings home a baby monster? And what happens when the monster begins to grow? This book is fun to read to pre-braille readers and for readers in grades 1-3 to read alone. Available as a print-braille book.

The Odyssey (retold by Robin Lister)

This is the tale of Odysseus’ 20-year journey to and from Troy, back to Ithaca. For grades 5-8.

Olivia Sharp: The Green Toenails Gang by Marjorie and Mitchell Sharmat

Olivia’s best friend, Taffy Plimpton, has a problem. Taffy wants to join a secret club, but its members won’t let her in. Why not? It’s a secret that Olivia, Nate the Great’s cousin, is determined to find out. Suitable for grades 2-4.

Olivia Sharp, the Sly Spy by Marjorie and Mitchell Sharmat

A cousin of Nate the Great, Olivia is an agent for secrets, always coming through to help those in need, especially her friends. But this time Olivia is the one with the problem. Another detective is covering up her ads and spoiling Olivia’s business. Can Olivia fool the sly spy? Grades 2-4.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

This is a well-known story-poem about the activities of such unusual animals as the Nook, Wump, Yink, Yop, Gack, and Zeds. For early readers.

Only You by Robin Cruise

Every adult who loves a child knows how deep and rich that love can be. Little ones are lovable on the outside, with their tiny ears, eyes, and toes. And they're lovable for who they are on the inside, as they sing, play, and shout. Robin Cruise and Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine portray a diverse trio of parents and children in this lyrical celebration of a love that makes each child feel like the one and only. Reproduced as a print/braille book for preschoolers and young readers.

*Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

Written in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of our national parks, this book recounts the story of a family’s summer vacation to five parks. Jane, the oldest child who spends a lot of time online, thinks the outdoors is boring, but learns eventually that what she discovers is actually quite exciting. Suggested for ages 6-10.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

The story of Melody, an intelligent fifth-grader with severe cerebral palsy who cannot speak. Her world changes when she acquires an electronic voice. Told in the first person, the story relates details of family and school life from Melody's memorable, eye-opening, often humorous, perspective. Grades 4-6.

One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge

When Lita Judge discovered tracings of feet in her grandparents’ attic, she was intrigued. This is the story behind those tracings, the story of one American family’s triumphant effort to relieve the suffering of Europeans in the aftermath of World War II. Grades 4-8.

P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler (print/braille)

Although P.J. and his friends refuse to let Donna and Honey Bunny go camping with them because "camping is not for girls," the girls follow and get proof that camping is hard work even for boys. For beginning readers.

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita-Williams Garcia

The Gaither sisters—Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern—are newly returned from a summer spent in California with their mother, Cecile, and the Black Panthers. Delphine speaks her worried mind in letters to Cecile, who always adds a postscript, reminding Delphine to “Be Eleven” and not a grown-up. Set against the tumultuous, yet vibrant, backdrop of the late 1960s—as Nixon campaigns against Humphrey and the Jackson Five are poised to play Madison Square Garden—the story is vividly narrated by Delphine, who reluctantly learns to ease control over her sisters and comes to a tough realization: “Twelve makes you know better than to wish for things that only eleven would wish hard for.” A Coretta Scott King Award winner for grades 3-7.

*The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Elizabeth is a beautiful princess who has to use courage and a lot of brains to outwit the dragon who has kidnapped her prince who turns out to be not-so-charming. This book is a modern classic which sends a powerful message to feisty girls and upends the usual "damsel in distress" story. Available as a print-braille book for pre-school and up.

Pearl’s New Skates by Holly Keller

Pearl has new skates. They are real skates (not double runners), and she can’t wait to try them. She inches out onto the frozen pond. But instead of twirling, she topples. Instead of spinning, she falls. Will Pearl ever skate in real life the way she skates in her dreams? This is a good story about learning the importance of trying again. For young readers, grades 1-3.

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

Another book by Kevin Henkes to delight young readers! Penny loves the new doll her Gram has sent. She soon realizes that her doll needs a name, and sets out to find just the right one. Grades K-1. Print/braille.

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

When Penny comes home from school, she’s ready to sing her very own song. However, the babies are sleeping and Mama and Papa don’t want Penny to wake them. But, it is such a good song! Will she ever get to share it? For early readers; print/braille.

Pepita Talks Twice—Pepita Habla Dos Veces (English/Spanish) by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

Pepita is a little girl who speaks both Spanish and English. Everyone calls on her to talk for them I both languages. And she does what they ask without a grumble. Until one day…Written in both Spanish and English, this book is good for students who are bilingual or have an interest in learning Spanish. For grades 3-5.

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Lyon

Ginny was not born a pirate but since her birth she was headed in that direction. This book tells the story of Ginny’s voyage toward earning an eye patch and how the patch helped her stop seeing everything double. This book offers a double helping of surprise on the subject of seeing. For younger children. Reproduced as a print/braille book.

Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes

For twelve years now, Joylin’s life was just fine—a rough game of basketball was just enough to put a smile on her face. But then, over night, her body parts started changing without her permission. Now all she can think about is boys. A heartwarming story told in poems for middle school readers.

Poetry Speaks to Children, edited by Elise Paschen

A collection of childhood’s classic poetry as well as the newer voices of today’s poets, this book is really a storybook about children’s real experiences set to verse. It can act as a starting point for the further exploration of all forms of poetry. Accompanying CD is available from libraries. Wide age range appeal.

Pocket Poems selected by Bobbi Katz

This selection is a short anthology of delightful children’s poetry—some easy enough to carry in the “pocket” of memory. “But that poem in your pocket will be part of you. /And nothing can take it./ And nothing can break it. /That poem in your pocket becomes part of …you!” Grades K-3.

Poetry Speaks Who I Am

Poems of discovery, inspiration, independence, and everything else…written by and for tweens and teens. Grades 8-12.

Profiles in Sports Courage by Ken Rappoport

This book is a collection of 12 profiles of athletes who have faced significant challenges in their personal and professional lives that they have overcome through their own courage. For middle-intermediate readers, grades 4-8.

Pupniks, The Story of Two Space Dogs by S. Ruth Lubka

Pupniks is the true story of two Russian dogs, Belka and Strelka, who in 1960 orbited Earth in the space satellite Sputnik 5. Along with an assortment of other small animals, the dogs were the first living creatures to return from space alive. This success helped to pave the way for human space travel. For Grades 3-6.

Quickie makes the team, Quickie handles a loss, Quickie goes to the big game by Donald Driver

Written by the Green Bay Packer receiver known as Quickie as a child, these books offer lessons in good sportsmanship and other life skills. Biographical information is included in print for parents and teachers. For early readers; three books produced in one braille volume.

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

Meet the newest odd couple in the early reader section: fussy, compulsive Rabbit and overly logical Robot. New readers who like silly stories will race through this funny adventure about a rabbit who likes to be in control and an obliging robot who calmly keeps their friendship humming. A 2013 Geisel Honor Book for K-2.

Rex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones

In the summer of 1962 with everyone nervous about a possible nuclear war, ten-nearly-eleven-year-old Rex, having just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver with his parents and five siblings, faces his own personal challenges as he discovers new friends and a new understanding of the world around him. Grades 7-12.

The Right Dog for the Job; Ira’s Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Ira was not born to be just any dog. A few weeks after his birth, a puppy raiser took him home to begin his training as a service dog. Unfortunately, the new facility that Ira needs to attend for more detailed training isn’t ready. What will happen to Ira? A beautifully told, informative story for dog lovers who are intermediate or advance readers.

Rent a Third Grader by B.B. Hiller

Partner, the Police Department horse, wasn’t headed for a very happy retirement. Unless somebody came up with the money to put him out to pasture, he’d be turned into…pet food! That’s how Rent a Third Grader got started. Together Brad, Jennie, and Louisa had to find ways for their classmates to make some money. But time was running out… Grades 3-5.

The Running Dream by Wendelin VanDraanen

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the thought of walking with a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope, Jessica feels both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say act like she's not there. She could handle this if she wasn’t so aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with cerebral palsy named Rosa. Rosa is more than her wheelchair. She has a lot to give and Jessica has a lot to learn. How can the two help one another reach their dreams? What are their dreams? What is the running dream? Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award for high school readers.

Salad People & More Real Recipes: New Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up by Mollie, Katzen

This cookbook, by celebrity chef Mollie Katzen, contains 20 easy to prepare, healthy recipes for kids. Contains kitchen tips, safety and behavior rules, and thoughts on what children can learn from cooking. A great addition for the Expanded Core Curriculum.

Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman

Samantha can’t wait to try on her brand new roller skates. While Mama tends to the baby and other household chores, Samantha straps them on and is soon on an adventure that takes her to the top of a hill. Will she return home safely? Told in rhyming verse for young independent readers; print/braille.

Sassy: the Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party by Sharon Draper

This title is the second offering in the Sassy series by our Special Book Project. In this Sassy book, enjoy food, fun, family and friends and learn to make yummy no-cook foods. When a new girl comes to school in a limo, Sassy gets a new friend and the excitement begins. Sassy’s dazzling idea for a fabulous dinner party turns into a recipe for disaster and along the way the girl who rides the limo to school goes missing. Suitable for grades 3 thru 6.

Sense Pass King--A Story from Cameroon by Katrin Tchana

Based on a traditional story from Cameroon, this adventure-laden tale features a brave, resourceful girl who plays a sea monster, outwits a murderous king, and becomes her people’s wise (and very young) ruler. For early intermediate readers.

The Silenced by James Devita

In a world filled with sanctions and restrictions, Marena struggles to remember the past: a time before the Zero Tolerance Party, before listening devices were in every home, before citizens were forbade to read or write, when she was free. In the spirit of her revolutionary mother, Marena forms her own resistance group - the White Rose. For advanced readers: grades 8 and up.

*Silly Milly by Wendy Cheyette Lewis (A Level 1 Scholastic Reader)

A funny book for beginning readers K-2. It has simple, repetitive words with rhyming sentences. A somewhat challenging riddle (I only like things with double letters!) can be solved at the end of the book. This adds to the fun. Available as a print-braille book.

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

Life is quickly changing for young Jancsi and his cousin Kate. Old enough to take on more responsibilities on the family’s farm, he has heard rumors of war; but when Hungary sends troops to fight in the Great War and Jancsi’s father is called to battle, the two cousins must grow up all the sooner in order to take care of the farm and all the relatives, Russian soldiers and Germn orphans who take refuge with them. This book is a sequel to “The Good Master”, which is already brailled. Grades 5-8.

Sing Me a Story by Jane Rosenberg

This volume contains the stories of the great operas, including Carmen, Aida, and Tosca with an introduction by Luciano Pavarotti. For grades 4-7.

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. For intermediate readers, grades 6-9.

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

In real life, Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat, but he imagines himself to be, among other things, a Chihuahua called El Skippito, the great sword fighter. He can do anything, even save a band of Chihuahua chums in old Mexico. Children and adults alike will enjoy this well-written, humorous story with a Mexican flair. For younger children.

*The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre

This book is made for sampling, page flipping and rereading. It can be read from back to front or the middle to the end or beginning. Read it slowly, re-read it. The book offers its readers slow nature, slow animal thoughts, slow plant facts, slow geology facts and other wonderfully slow stuff. The Slowest Book Ever will be enjoyed by children who like reading facts about anything and everything. Grades 3-7.

Snowed in with Grandmother Silk by Carol Fenner

Ruddy’s grandmother isn’t much fun. During a long stay with her, a snowstorm comes howling through and they are left without light, heat, and water – and no one to talk to but each other. Partly a survival story, this is a tale of two people who think they aren’t alike at all until they look for the things they have in common. Grades 3-6.

The Soccer Mom from Outer Space by Barney Saltzberg

Lena is about to play her first soccer game, when her father said it was time he told her the true story of the soccer mom from outer space. Lena’s mom had been a perfectly ordinary mom until she went to her son’s first soccer game. Then something happened...something weird! She turned into an alien! What was it about soccer games that made her turn into an alien? This unusual problem and its outrageous solution will have kids cheering for the most inspiring soccer mom in the universe. For intermediate readers.

Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. What does Sophie do? A sweet story of love and patience, this book is a recipient of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow (UW) Honor. For preschool-grade 2, it is reproduced as a print-braille book.

Spring Surprises by Anna Jane Hays

Say goodbye to frosty winter as you greet the sunny sky, young animals and newly growing flowers in this story about spring written in an easy to read rhyming format. Offered in print/braille in contracted or uncontracted braille. Grades K-1.

Spirit Walker by Nancy Wood

The courage, determination, and powerful spiritual faith of Native Americans are celebrated in this remarkable collection of poetry. It creates a haunting portrait of a proud and enduring people whose great love and respect for the earth are valuable examples for us all. For intermediate to advanced readers.

Squeak Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis

What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby — eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and acclaimed illustrator Paul Rogers takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood. Reproduced as a print/braille book for early readers.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

This book is Helen Keller’s own account, written when she was only twenty-two, of her frustration and rage as a child and her eventual breakthrough into the world of communication. Grades 7 and up.

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

This is the true story of the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. It captures Ruby’s amazing courage and faith as she faces angry protesters while being escorted to school by federal marshals each day. For elementary readers.

*The Storyteller's Candle (La velita de los cuentes) by Lucia Gonzales

This warmhearted Spanish/English bilingual story is told from the perspective of two newly arrived Puerto Rican children who are made to feel at home in New York City because of a gifted storyteller and librarian, Pura Belpre, the first Latina hired by the New York City public library system. Grades K-3.

Summer Braille Fun (compiled by Mary Ann Damm)

This volume includes puns, jokes, games, etc. from the summers of 1997, 1998, and 1999. For all ages.

Summersaults by Douglas Florian

Witty poems focus on the time of year when we anticipate fireflies, corn on the cob, and hot, hot weather. For early readers.

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

Jake Semple is a scary kid. Word has it that he burned down his old school and then was kicked out of every other school in his home state. Now there’s only one place left that will take him - the Applewhites. They are an outrageous, forgetful, chaotic, and quite quarrelsome family. See how Jake survives the eccentricities of this hilarious family. For advanced readers.

Take Me with You by Carolyn Marsden

Acclaimed author Carolyn Marsden evokes the daily lives and shared longings of two inseparable friends, who have grown up in an Italian orphanage after the war, in this lyrical story about identity and what it means to have a home. Grades 6-8.

Tangled Threads, A Hmong Girl’s Story by Pegi Deitz Shea

After 10 long years in a refugee camp in Thailand, 13-year-old Mai Yang and her grandmother join the family in Providence, Rhode Island. Mai Yang soon discovers that adjusting to a new life isn’t easy. Drawn to both the Hmong traditions of her past and the excitement promised by the present, she wonders if she will ever find a way to untangle the threads of her life and weave them together into her own story. For Grades 6-9.

*Thanks Gracias by Pat Mora

Straight from the heart of a child flows this delightful bilingual celebration of family, friendship and fun. Share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say “Gracias! Thanks!”

*The Three Questions (Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy) by Jon J. Muth

Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. He asks his animal friends these questions: “When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” The simple Zen-based exploration shows a child who, in doing good deeds, finds inner peace. This simple and direct message is a wonderful reminder for children of all ages. Suggested for ages 5-9.

*Three in one Book

*The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up by Bradley Trevor Greive.

This story explains what a blue day feels like, what may cause it and how to get over it. The story is told with great humor and is useful in helping young children understand uncomfortable feelings and what can be done about them. Grades 2-4.

*Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly

Emily’s life is a little mixed up. Her dad has moved out and everything is changing. “When Picasso was very sad,” says Emily, “he only painted in shades of Blue. And now I am in my blue period.” Grades 1-5.

*When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang

This is the story of Sophie, who is teased for drawing a unique picture of a tree and then is teased about it. Sophie’s teacher helps her classmates see the value of accepting the beautifully different picture. In turn the children learn that it is not good to tease one another for being different or doing things differently. Grades 2-4.

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

This is Ruby Bridge’s own account of her experience of being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South in the 50’s and 60’s. For middle to high school readers.

Titanic by Melissa Stewart (National Geographic Kids—Level 3)

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This book describes the history of this famous vessel – from its discovery at the bottom of the ocean in 1985, and back in time to its building, maiden voyage and the ensuing tragedy. Filled with fun and interesting facts about this famous ship. For readers ages 8 and up.

Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt

All the baby animals are ready for bed. Who will tuck them in? Can you? Wonderful! Just turn each page and, one by one, you will tuck them in. This book may become one of your favorite bedtime stories! For younger children. Reproduced as a print/braille book.

*The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

This book tells the story of Aref Al-Imri, an elementary school student living in Oman. When his parents tell him that he will be moving from Oman to Ann Arbor, Michigan, he becomes very sad and refuses to pack his suitcase. His mother reaches out to his beloved grandfather for help. Together, Aref and his grandfather go on a series of adventures. At each stop, his grandfather finds a small stone to slip into Aref’s suitcase, momentos of home. Winner of the Middle East Best Book Award for intermediate students.

Two Hot Dogs with Everything by Paul Haven

Although everyone credits him and his superstitions for the Slugger’s first winning streak in 108 baseball seasons, eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin believes that his discovery of a secret from the team’s past may be the real reason behind the ball club’s success. For middle readers, grades 4-6.

UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, the poet explores the natural history of these often-unappreciated critters, revealing them to be a totally cool—and totally important—part of our ecosystem. For elementary readers, grades 2-5.

Vidia and the Fairy Crown by Laura Driscoll

When Vidia, a disagreeable fairy, finds herself accused of stealing the Queen’s tiara, she enlists the aid of a fellow sprite to help investigate, and the two race against time to clear Vidia’s name. For middle readers, grades 3-6.

*Water Rolls, Water Rises; El agua rueda, el agua sube by Pat Mora

This book is a poetic bilingual celebration of the movement, moods, and majesty of water on Earth. Each verse evokes a unique landscape, a place of beauty shaped or carved by water. For ages 5-9, these two bilingual books will be bound in one braille volume.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Kenny and his family live in Flint, Michigan. When Momma and Dad decide it’s time to visit Grandma, the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They’re heading south. They’re going to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. For advanced readers.

*Wednesday by Anne Bertier

This wonderful book starts with these sentences: “Every Wednesday, Little Round and Big Square get together to play their favorite game. As soon as one of them says a word, they transform themselves into it.” This book is a wonderful introduction to tactile graphics that use basic shapes, arranged in different patterns, to tell the story of what happens when two friends, a square and circle, get together to invent and to create. Preschool through 2nd grade.

What a Year by Tomie dePaola

Another book in the 26 Fairmount Avenue series, this one tells about Tomie’s experiences as a first grader—celebrating his birthday in school, trick or treating with his brother, and family holiday celebrations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. For beginning chapter book readers.

What Charlie Heard by Mordicai Gerstein

The ahead-of-his-time creations of American composer Charles Ives receive their due in this affectionate biography. For early readers.

When Hippo Was Hairy and Other Tales from Africa by Nick Greaves

This book contains folk tales about African animals, and includes facts about each animal and a map showing its range. For grades 5-8.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (print/braille)

This story follows the wild adventures of Max; pictures are described. For ages 4-8.

Win One for the Gipper by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Like most boys growing up in Michigan in the early 1900s, George Gipp enjoyed playing sports. His athletic skills set him apart from others. He was awarded a baseball scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. An afternoon’s horseplay with a football, however, brings George to the attention of assistant football coach Knute Rockne, and Notre Dame football is transformed forever. This is the inspiring story of the legendary George Gipp. For grades 3-5.

Wings by Christopher Myers (print/braille)

Are you brave enough to be your true self? Ikarus Jackson is. Stretch your wings with him and discover how it feels to follow your own heart. In this powerful and thought-provoking story, Christopher Myers challenges us to embrace our differences and celebrate our individuality. Only then can we fly. For grades 2-4.

*Winter Candle by Jeron Ashford

The families at Juniper Court Apartments always seem to need a candle. Nana Clover gives her Thanksgiving candle to Avi to celebrate the Sabbath, a few days later Avi gives this same candle to Kirsten for her St. Lucia crown, Kirsten hands it to Donte for Kwanzaa and, when all the lights in the neighborhood go out, the families gather together around the little candle at the house of Nasreen, a new neighbor. Themes of sharing, friendship and cultural traditions are explored in this charming book for children ages 7 – 11.

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. With a lock-that -doesn’t-lock, and adventures galore, Humphrey’s life would be absolutely perfect if only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him! For middle readers, grades 3-5.

Yang the Youngest and the Terrible Ear by Lensey Namioka

Yang the Youngest is the only person in his family who cannot play beautiful music on his violin, but he does have a special gift. He is afraid to tell his family that he has found something he likes better than music. Find out what Yang and Michael do to save a musical recital from possible failure if Yang is to play. For grades 2-6.

*The Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea Cheng

Last year, Anna Wang, an 11-year-old Chinese American girl, learned how to be a big sister when her parents adopted a baby from a Chinese orphanage. This year, Anna (who is learning to speak Chinese) has the opportunity to travel to China with her teacher who is adopting a little girl from the same orphanage. The trip becomes an occasion to explore her own identity. For readers, ages 8-10.

Your Treasure Hunt, Disabilities and Finding Your Gold by Katherine Schneider, PhD

Blind herself, the author draws upon her experience to define some of the difficulties of growing up with a disability and offers constructive ways to deal with its frustrations. Children and parents can re-frame life, then, as a “treasure hunt”, a search for the “gold” of possibility in life’s challenges leading to a better self concept. Grades 2-5.

Yucky Worms by Vivian French

Who would want to be friends with a wiggly, slimy, yucky worm? You can’t even tell which end is which! There’s more to worms than meets the eye. Find out where worms live, how they move, and why gardeners consider them friends in this humorous and informative book. For younger children. Reproduced as a print/braille book.

Zoo School by Laurie Hornik

Kitty, Ursula, Leo, and Drake have just entered the very strange Zoo School. Desks have things swimming in them; cupboards are filled with animal food…this school is ridiculous! Fortunately, the New School Inspectors are conducting a careful investigation. When they threaten to close down the school, the children have to decide for themselves if their school is worth saving. For intermediate to advanced readers.

Books that are offered combined into one braille volume

Offered in one braille volume, the following three books provide real life examples of kindness which elementary children in grades 2-4 can relate to.

1. The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric

Second grader Ellie takes the risk of inviting the new boy in her class to come to her house to play and learns that he isn’t that different from her. She sets an example for her classmates who ask him to join them at recess. The story is told in rhyming verse.

2. Hannah’s Way by Linda Glaser

In rural Minnesota in 1938, Hannah, a young orthodox Jewish girl, deals with being the new girl in class and receives a very unexpected kindness from her classmates.

3. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya. Woodson's story for grades 2-5 deals a blow to the pervasive practice-among students of all economic backgrounds-of excluding those less fortunate. Winner of a Coretta Scott King award!

These two bilingual books, offered in one braille volume, appeal to our early braille readers (K-2) and those who want to practice reading Spanish braille.

1. Wiggling Pockets, Los Bolsillos Saltarines by Pat Mora

How many frogs fit in Danny's pockets? It's a jumping surprise! ¿Cuántas ranas caben en los bolsillos de Danny? ¡Es una sorpresa saltarina! One frog hops on Tina's head. Una rana brinca encima de la cabeza de Tina, and another springs onto …Danny accidentally comes home with frogs in his pockets and then all the fun begins!

2. Here, Kitty, Kitty! !Ven, Gatita, Ven! by Pat Mora

Our new kitty likes to hide. A nuestra nueva gatita le gusta esconderse. She hides under the table, Se esconde debajo de la mesa, inside a flowerpot, dentro de una maceta and behind the curtains, y detrás de las cortinas. This book describes the antics of a mischievous kitty.