Get the new school year off to a great start with these free braille books from National Braille Press!
ReadBooks! is a national children's braille literacy program encouraging families with blind children to read print/braille books together.
- To foster a love of books and reading at an early age;
- To support families of preschool blind children and help them spread the word that braille is an effective method of reading and writing;
- To introduce visually impaired children to a means of independent reading;
- To help parents learn "just enough" braille to assist their child as they grow;
- To give parents the knowledge and language they need to advocate for braille instruction when their blind child enters school;
- To promote an early expectation of personal achievement through literacy.
Braille Bags Contain:
- Braille Book Bags
- An age-appropriate print/braille book for three age groups: birth-3, 4-5, and 6-7 in English or Spanish;
- An order form for a free braille primer for sighted parents entitled Just Enough to Know Better;
- A tactile ball (red bags only);
- Print/braille alphabet card;
- Because Books Matter, a guide for parents on why and how to read books with their young blind child;
- A tactile graphic or flag;
- Wikki Stix, a product that allows a child to make tactile pictures (blue or green bags only);
- A gift coupon redeemable for another print/braille book or braille/large print playing cards;
- Tactile Alphabet Letter sheets, showing upper- and lowercase print letters in raised-line format (blue bags only), and Tactile Number sheets (green bags only);
- A Braille Caravan block.
Who Can Participate?
- Anyone who knows, works with, or cares for a blind child, aged birth to seven, in the United States or Canada can participate in the program.
- Parents or caregivers can find more information here.
- Teachers or agency professionals can find more information here.