Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Sources of Free Braille Books

Teacher reading braille book with young boy

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.


American Action Fund for Blind Children

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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.



Braille Institute:  Braille Special Collection

Dots for Tots

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.


Braille Tales Print/Braille Book Program

Boy with bookThis 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.

Click here to fill out the application online.



National Braille Press:  Read Books! ProgramReadBooks logo

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.


National Federation of the Blind (NFB):  Braille Reading Pals Club


The Braille Reading Pals Club is an early literacy program designed to foster positive attitudes about braille for children and their families.  It promotes a love of reading by encouraging parents to read daily with their child who is blind or visually impaired.  Club members receive a print-braille book, an eNewsletter for families, braille activity sheets, and more!



Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop

Oakmont logoHandmade 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:

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  • basic braille
  • readiness books
  • games
  • math study aids





Seedlings Book Angel Program

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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. 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.

Xavier Society for the Blind

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.  

Pinterest collage of free braille books




Reading to a blind autistic child

Posted by Angelina mullings

Posted on September 16, 2016
Updated on: November 15, 2021

Previous comments for Sources of Free Braille Books

Charlotte Cushman commented on August 26, 2016

We're so glad to hear that you're interested in helping her to communicate more fully!  You may want to start by creating books about topics that she is especially interested in.  Here are some ideas of activities that might be motivating to her:

By choosing things that she is interested in that relate to her own experience, she may be motivated to communicate.  In addition the language will be more meaningful to her, since it will relate to her experience and interests.

Good luck!


Angelina mullings commented on August 26, 2016

Angelina is 6 has a big imagination my goal is to get her to talk in full sentances and maybe answer back as she is spoken to i believe reading will help her.