There are a number of different sources of free braille books available in the United States and Canada. In addition to the list below, there are numerous libraries and other sources through teachers of students with visual impairments or related organizations. Check with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) or with your state library for the blind.
For tips on introducing tactile books to infants, toddlers, and young children, see: Tactile Books for Young Children by Dr. Holly Cooper.
This program provides children who are blind with a free braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series. Click here to fill out the online application.
This braille literacy program from the Braille Institute provides children's books free of charge. Any child in the United States or Canada who is visually impaired is eligible to receive up to 12 free books per year from the Special Collection. VI teachers or educators may also subscribe to our Special Collection.
This program is a partnership between APH (American Printing House for the Blind) and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Participating families receive six free print/braille books per year up to the child’s 6th birthday. To be eligible for the program:
- The parent or the child must meet the definition of blindness.
- The child must be age 5 or under.
- Both the parent and the child must reside in the U.S. or its outlying areas.
National Braille Press distributes braille book bags to families with children, ages birth to seven, who are blind and visually impaired, across the U.S. and Canada. The distribution process is a collaborative effort with educators and early intervention professionals. In addition to the free print/braille books for different age levels, the bag includes information about braille for parents and families, as well as some tactile materials.
Handmade braille and tactile books are created by a group of volunteers and made available free of charge to people worldwide who are working with children who are blind or visually impaired. Their products include:
- basic braille
- readiness books
- math study aids
Children in the United States and Canada who are blind can received up to 3 free braille books per year. Click here for the online applicatio
There is a new giveaway program for teachers, where they receive 4 books a year, as well as the ongoing Rose Project, which provides free World Book Encyclopedia articles in braille. You can find out more about all of these programs on their website.
Sharebraille.org is a free service of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) designed to provide an outlet for organizations and people who are blind to offer surplus braille books to others who may enjoy them.
Temple Beth El Braille Bindery, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has been creating free braille books for more than 40 years. The books are available for children in the United States and are created by volunteers by this non-profit organization.
Xavier Society for the Blind provides braille, audio and large print spiritual and religious materials (mostly Catholic, but not strictly) at no cost to clients worldwide in order for them to learn about, develop and practice their Faith.