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Celebrating Bill Martin’s Books

As we recognize Bill Martin's beloved books like "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" here are some great resources and activities to use with you students who have visual impairments.

Bill Martin was born on March 20, 1916 and has created many beloved books that have been a favorite for many of our children. Here are some great activities and resources you can use with children who are visually impaired.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Cover of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with a palm tree and ABC letters


Alphabet Review for Beginning Reader

By Melissa McDermott

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity

I work with a young child who is learning braille.  He enjoys the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and asked to read this book when we learned the last letter in the APH Building on Patterns curriculum.

Braille machine, swing cell, ABC manipulatives, and a palm tree craft

Read Aloud Video

CVI Chicka Chicka YouTube Video

CVI Friendly Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Video


Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? 

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? book cover with a bear on it

Brown Bear: Part 1 – An Early Braille Lesson Segment For a Child with Multiple Impairments

By Laurie Hudson

In my iBook Introducing Braille, I largely used videotaped examples of bright, enthusiastic young students to show ways to “Make It Fun,” “Make it Developmental,” and “Make It Meaningful.” 

Recently, I posted a video here on Paths to Literacy with a lesson segment of an early braille student whom I anticipated would stay roughly on grade level. 

“Find the Boy: Video Introducing Braille Literacy through Assistive Technology” My comments were through the lens of “Introducing Braille.”  But what does fun, developmental, and meaningful look like when introducing braille to struggling readers with multiple impairments?  


Young girl at braille machine and braille paper that says purple cat

Brown Bear Part II: Reflective Teaching

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Shapes Do You See?

By Jenna Haskins

Brown Bear Game

The point of the game is to connect shapes to everyday things. By the end of the game, the child should know basic shapes and be able to connect them to 3D-shapes


Brown bear book and game with shapes


Create Your Own Storybook Boxes with Bill Martin’s Books

Easy To Create Story Boxes

By Jaime Brown

Easy to create story boxes for students with visual impairments title page

Story boxes have been around for years.  When I taught Head Start they were called “prop boxes.” As a Head Start teacher, I used my prop boxes to make the story more fun, engaging and interactive. When I became a TVI I realized that story boxes were prop boxes.  They still enhanced story times, but story boxes for students with visual impairments are essential.  Story boxes bring the story to life; they make it meaningful, real, and interesting.  Story boxes are essential when teaching students with visual impairments and they are a critical support to students with dual sensory loss.


Celebrating Bill Martin's book title with a picture of a little girl at a braille machine

Seedlings 40th Anniversary logo annoucment October 2024

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Colored illustration of animals with alphabet letters A, B, C, D
Activity and strategy

Alphabet Objects


Ideas for Teaching Tracking and other Tactile Skills