Announcing Braille on Demand Service from NLS

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) just announced the launch of Braille on Demand. This new service allows braille readers to request one title per month in paper braille format that patrons are allowed to keep.

You may begin requesting titles on June 20, 2022.

To request the one monthly title, patrons of the Talking Book Program will fill out the request form that goes directly to NLS:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand

Once NLS processes your request, they will mail the braille book straight to you.

The link to theform is also available on our website at: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/bibliographies/bibindex.html and here https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/news/index.html

Guidelines for requesting titles:

  • Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD. You can either search BARD for titles here https://nlsbard.loc.gov or call us to check if the title you would like is available.
  • Only complete titles will be distributed. Requests for partial titles (for example, volume one of a three-volume book) will result in receiving the entire book.
  • As of now, patrons may request one title per calendar month.

If you fill out the request form on your own, you will need to know the following:

  • The book title
  • The BR number of the title from BARD
  • Your patron ID number (it begins with TX1A. Call us to get that number if you don’t know it)
  • The name of your network library: Texas Talking Book Program

We hope that our braille patrons will take advantage of this new service.

Please call us if you have any questions or if you would like us to fill out the form for you.

New Braille Books Added in May 2022

JUVENILE FICTION          

BT           13390    IF I WERE A HIPPO                          

Sturdy board book with fun things to feel throughout, including the animal’s fuzzy tail. For preschool-2 grade. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.  

BT           13391    IF I WERE A MONKEY                     

Sturdy board book with fun things to feel throughout, including the animal’s fuzzy tail on the back cover. For preschool-2 grade. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.               

BT           13393 HUMPTY DUMPTY              YOON, SALINA  

Poor Humpty Dumpty has a big fall, but this version ends with a happy twist that children will love! Preschool-2 grade. 2012. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.      

BT           13395    LITTLE BEE           GIBBS, EDWARD              

Simple rhyming text follows a bee through the jungle as a series of creatures, including a hungry frog, a mongoose, and a lion, flee from what frightens them. For preschool-2 grade. 2012. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.       

BT           13401    INFAMOUS RATSOS        LAREAU, KARA 

Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try, the siblings end up performing good deeds instead. For preschool-2 grade. 2016. Contracted Braille in UEB.   

BT           13403    ROSCO THE RASCAL VISITS THE PUMPKIN PATCH               GORIAN, SHANA

Sometimes puppy Rosco is a rascal, but he also uses his heroic nature to save his pals, James and Mandy. Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 2014. Contracted Braille in UEB.         

BT           13400    LULU WALKS THE DOGS                 VIORST, JUDITH

Lulu needs help from a boy named Fleischman if she is to earn money walking her neighbors’ dogs, and she finds out that if she wants her business venture to succeed, she has to be nice. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 2012.  Contracted Braille in UEB.   

BT           13402    TORNADO           BYARS, BETSY CROMER 

Seeking shelter from an approaching tornado, a farm family retreats to the storm cellar. To distract the children from the danger outside, farmhand Pete regales the group with tales from his boyhood about a marvelous dog named Tornado, who could do card tricks and more. Bluebonnet Award Winner, 1998. For preschool-2 grade. 2016. Contracted Braille in UEB.            

BT           13405    POOH’S FALL HARVEST  GAINES, ISABEL

Designed for young readers just starting out on their own, this heartwarming book features Pooh and all his friends. It’s harvest season and Rabbit asks all his friends to help him in the garden. For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2000. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13407    HENRY AND MUDGE AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS      RYLANT, CYNTHIA           

Christmas at Henry and Mudge’s house means family, carols, presents, and good food (with lots falling on the floor for Mudge!) For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2004. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13408    FROG AND TOAD ARE FRIENDS   LOBEL, ARNOLD

Five stories about the adventures of two friends: a solemn green frog and a funny brown toad. When Toad loses his button, Frog helps him find it. Later Frog is sick in bed looking green, and Toad brings him some tea and tells him a story. For preschool-2 grade. 1970. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13409    MOUNTAIN TOP MYSTERY           WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER, 1890-1979        

The Alden children and their grandfather go for a day climb up Old Flat Top mountain. When a rock falls and cuts off their only way down, the family discovers the opening to a cave. After the Aldens are rescued, they help an elderly Indian woman retrieve a hidden treasure. For grades 4-7. 1964. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.               

BT           13406    ABE LINCOLN AND THE MUDDY PIG         KRENSKY, STEPHEN        

Young Abe can’t stand to see an animal in trouble, but if he stops to help the pig, he will get his new suit dirty. What should he do? For preschool-2 grade. 2002. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.         

BT           13410    BEST FRIENDS FOR FRANCES       HOBAN, RUSSELL             

When her friend will not let her join a boy’s baseball game, Frances the badger plans a “Best Friends Outing” allowing no boys. For preschool-2 grade. 1969. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                    

BT           13413    WALT DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS                           

When Pongo and Perdy try to rescue their 10 puppies, they end up with 99! For grades 2-4. Unrated. 1981. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13415    POOH GETS STUCK          GAINES, ISABEL

In this classic story, Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit’s front door after eating too much honey! For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2000.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.  Related names: Milne, A. A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956. 

BT           13416    LAWN BOY          PAULSEN, GARY

A twelve-year-old boy decides to put his unusual birthday gift–his late grandfather’s riding mower–to use by cutting his neighbors’ lawns for money. Soon business is booming and he has his own employees, his own stockbroker, and sponsorship of a prizefighter. For grades 5-8. 2007.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.         

BT           13417    BOY WHO OWNED THE SCHOOL: A COMEDY OF LOVE      PAULSEN, GARY

High school student Jacob Freisten thinks of himself as a loser, a wimp, a nobody, who’s perfected the art of near invisibility. But his attempts to avoid notice at all costs are foiled when his English teacher, Mrs. Hilsak, gives him the chance to earn extra credit and pass English by working on the school play. He will control the fog machine. Marie Tresser, on whom he has an intense crush, has a starring role. For grades 4-7. 1990. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.          

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13389    BABY’S VERY FIRST TOUCHY-FEELY ANIMALS BOOK           FEARN, KATRINA             

Bright images and tactile patches depicting adorable animals will make this book a family favorite. For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2010. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.

BT           13392    ANIMAL NOISES                PEDLEY, JOE       

Based on the much-loved Farmyard Tales series, this board book has been especially devised to introduce very young children to animal sounds. For preschool-2 grade. 2019. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.

BT           13394    BABY’S VERY FIRST TOUCHY-FEELY CHRISTMAS BOOK      FEARN, KATRINA             

Children will love the tactile illustrations in this fun holiday book! For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2010. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille. 

BT           13396    ANIMAL FRIENDS: A TOUCH-AND-FEEL BOOK                     

Colorful illustrations and textured pages invite readers to learn about a variety of animals, including a fluffy lion, scaly fish, and smooth rhino. Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 2015. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.

BT           13397    ON THE FARM: A TOUCH-AND-FEEL BOOK                           

This touch-and-feel book is perfect for the youngest of readers. They can pet a woolly lamb, a furry dog, a silky horse, and much more! For preschool-2 grade. 2015. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.     

BT           13398    ALPHABET PICTURE BOOK            ARROWSMITH, VICKY    

Young children will love naming the familiar things in this appealing picture book. The lovely illustrations will appeal to both children and adults, making this delightful book a pleasure to share. 2010. Uncontracted Braille in UEB, Print Braille.

BT           13399    SENSESATIONAL ALPHABET BOOK            ROFE, APRIL      

This alphabet book includes print, braille, sign, things to feel and smell, AND sounds! 2017. Uncontracted Braille in UEB, Print Braille.            

BT           13404    JOHNNY APPLESEED: MY STORY HARRISON, DAVID L. (DAVID LEE), 1937-

Johnny Appleseed was an important historical figure, well known for planting apple orchards across the new frontier. But he was also a master storyteller! In his own folksy voice, Johnny Appleseed tells his story to a couple of entranced children in this fictionalized Step 2 title. Readers learn how he started planting apple trees—and about some of the myths and true stories of his life. For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2001. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13411    BABE RUTH SAVES BASEBALL!     MURPHY, FRANK, 1966-

Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out? For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13412    BARACK OBAMA: OUT OF MANY, ONE    COREY, SHANA 

An easy-reader about the 44th President of the United States. For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2009. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13414    HARRY HOUDINI, ESCAPE ARTIST               LAKIN, PATRICIA, 1944- 

Find out how a little boy named Ehrich Weiss became Harry Houdini — the greatest magician the world has ever known! For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2002. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

New Braille Books Added in April 2022

ADULT FICTION

BT           13376    WITHOUT REMORSE: A JOHN KELLY NOVEL #1        CLANCY, TOM, 1947-2013         

John Kelly can’t blame anyone when his pregnant wife is killed in a traffic accident by a runaway truck. But months later, when his new girlfriend is mowed down by her drug-dealing pimps, Kelly has a target for revenge. At the same time, he must don his “Clark” identity (from his Navy Seals days) and, once more, help his government out in Vietnam. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13372    IF NOT FOR YOU: A NOVEL           MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Eager to get away from her controlling mother, Beth moves to Portland, Oregon, to work as a music teacher. She agrees to a blind date with mechanic Sam, partly because she knows it would horrify her mother. An accident creates a bond between them. Bestseller. 2017.  Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.          

BT           13373    TROLL GARDEN AND SELECTED STORIES      CATHER, WILLA, 1873-1947    

This collection of short stories by Willa Cather includes the following: On the Divide, Eric Hermannson’s Soul, The Enchanted Bluff, and The Bohemian Girl, plus the seven stories from THE TROLL GARDEN (Flavia and Her Artists, The Sculptor’s Funeral, “A Death in the Desert”, The Garden Lodge, The Marriage of Phaedra, A Wagner Matinee, and Paul’s Case). Unrated. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13374    MAGYK : SEPTIMUS HEAP, BOOK 1            SAGE, ANGIE     

The night his seventh son is born–dead, according to the midwife–Silas Heap brings home a newborn baby girl, Jenna. She turns out to be a princess in need of protection as villains and wizards abound in this magyk-filled adventure. And is the son, Septimus, really dead? For grades 4-7. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13375    SKY RAIDERS: FIVE KINGDOMS, BOOK 1          MULL, BRANDON, 1974-     

When Cole and a few fellow sixth-graders go into a haunted house, they find terrors beyond their wildest imagination. Kidnapped and whisked into a place known as the Outskirts, Cole must rescue the group of kids from slavery and find a way to return home. For grades 5-8. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.   

BT           13371    KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES; EXILE            MESSENGER, SHANNON

In Keeper of the Lost Cities twelve-year-old elf Sophie learns that she has secrets buried in her memory, for which some would kill. Sophie remains in danger in Exile, but helps train a precious, magical creature. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.         

BT           13366    MARK OF THE THIEF. BOOK ONE                NIELSEN, JENNIFER A.    

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: he discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the gods–magic some Romans would kill for. Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders. For grades 6-9. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13367    WOLF BROTHER: CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS, BOOK 1   PAVER, MICHELLE           

Six thousand years ago, twelve-year-old Torak and his guide, a wolf cub, go on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father–to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit and destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans. For grades 5-8. 2004. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13368    HIGHER INSTITUTE OF VILLAINOUS EDUCATION        WALDEN, MARK      

Thirteen-year-old orphan Otto Malpense, identified as a boy with a special talent for villainy, is kidnapped and taken to the remote Higher Institute of Villainous Education, or H.I.V.E., where he is enrolled in a six-year training program and immediately begins formulating a plan to escape. Unrated. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13369    RUINS OF GORLAN: RANGER’S APPRENTICE, BOOK 1         FLANAGAN, JOHN (JOHN ANTHONY)

The battleschool rejects Will because of his small size, but ranger Halt recognizes the fifteen-year-old’s special skills and chooses Will as his apprentice. What Will doesn’t know is that the rangers are the secret protectors of the kingdom, which evil Lord Morgarath is planning to attack. For grades 5-8. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.          

BT           13388    I LOVE PETE THE KITTY   DEAN, JAMES, 1957-       

Pete the Kitty loves so many wonderful things-like birthday cake, books, and his mom and dad! For preschool to 2 grade. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.       

BT           13377    FEELY BUGS TO TOUCH AND FEEL              CARTER, DAVID A.           

Fuzzy bugs, feathery bugs, lacy bugs, and leathery bugs are among the tempting textures in this book of tactile fun! For preschool-grade 2. 2005. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13378    TOUCH AND FEEL BABY ANIMALS            

What does a baby elephant’s skin feel like? This touch and feel book allows the child to explore the different textures of the cutest baby animals. For preschool to 2 grade. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13379    NEVER TOUCH A TIGER!      GREENING, ROSIE    

The jungle animals love to go wild! Have fun touching the bumpy creatures! For preschool to 2 grade. 2020. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13381    PEPPA PIG: MY MOMMY                             

See the many reasons why Peppa and George love Mummy Pig, from comforting cuddles to splashes in muddy puddles. For preschool-grade 2. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13382    VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR       CARLE, ERIC       

A hungry caterpillar eats his way through plums, cheese, sausage, and other food and gets a stomachache. When he builds a small house for himself, something wonderful happens. For preschool to 2 grade. 2019. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13383    FROM HEAD TO TOE       CARLE, ERIC       

Eric Carle’s delightful animals invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Can you do it? For preschool to 2 grade. 1999. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13384    IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE               NUMEROFF, LAURA JOFFE          

When a small boy offers a passing mouse a cookie, the mouse asks for a glass of milk, then a straw, then a look in a mirror…and a whole series of activities that ends with a cookie, of course. For preschool to 2 grade. 2010.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13385    BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?            MARTIN, BILL, 1916-2004              

A brown bear sees a red bird. What does the red bird see? Each animal sees another colorful animal until a goldfish sees a teacher, the teacher sees her class, and the class sees each one of the animals again. For preschool to 2 grade. 2004. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.    

BT           13386    KINDNESS MAKES US STRONG                    BEER, SOPHIE    

This board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations: on the playground, at lunchtime, on a bike path, and on a neighborhood street. For preschool to 2 grade. 2019. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13387    GOODNIGHT MOON       BROWN, MARGARET WISE, 1910-1952    

A little bunny already tucked into his bed says goodnight to the familiar things in his room as the light dims gently until all is dark. For preschool to 2 grade. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.  

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13380    DREAM BIG, LITLE ONE  HARRISON, VASHTI        

This book showcases diverse women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.  For preschool to grade 2. 2018.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13370    BOOK THIEF        ZUSAK, MARKUS             

Death narrates the tale of nine-year-old Liesel from 1939 to 1943 in Nazi Germany. Liesel copes with a foster family, air raids, her friend Rudy, and a hidden Jew, sustained by the books she steals. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

MAY 2022 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. (CST) for our Book Club discussion of RULES FOR VISITING by Jessica Francis Kane (DB 95255 and BR 22927)

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call. All you need to participate is a telephone!

To register, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.

RULES FOR VISITING is available by mail as a digital cartridge. It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you will download it from BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Be courteous and respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.

RULES FOR VISITING byJessica Francis Kane

When May Attaway is granted leave from her job as a university gardener, she decides to try to reconnect with friends she has neglected. One by one, she seeks out four of them, and her outward quest for connection also becomes an inward journey of self-discovery. Some strong language. (DB 95255 and BR 22927)

We look forward to having you join us on May 19!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has partnered with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to provide free print/braille and audio books to young readers who are blind.

Families with blind children may sign up to receive six free print / braille books per year until the child is six years old. In addition, families can download free audio books if the child has a digital talking book machine from the National Library Service or a commercial device approved by NLS. The audio books are transferred from a computer to either a flash drive or an NLS digital cartridge. Regional and sub-regional libraries of the National Library Service can explain how to download books and provide contact information to purchase NLS digital cartridges.

This program is only open to residents of the United States and related territories. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

For more information, visit https://sites.aph.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library

You may also contact Hannah Sedlak at 502-899-2387, or e-mail hsedlak@aph.org.

To find the National Library Service library that serves your area, visit www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/find-a-local-library, or call 1-800-424-8567.

New Braille Books Added in March 2022

ADULT FICTION

BT           13360    ALEXANDER’S BRIDGE    CATHER, WILLA, 1873-1947          

Bartley Alexander, a construction engineer, is a middle-aged man torn between Winifred, his demanding American wife, and Hilda Burgoyne, his alluring British mistress. Alexander’s relationship with Hilda erodes his sense of honor and eventually proves disastrous when a bridge he is constructing begins to collapse. Unrated. 1988. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13358    KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, MR. PUTNAM!      PUTNAM, PETER              

Blinded in a shooting accident while a student at Princeton, the author recounts with humor his experiences at the Seeing Eye school at Morristown, New Jersey. During the strenuous training, he and the other students learn to have the courage of their guide dogs’ convictions.  1952. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13362    ARTHUR AND THE CRUNCH CEREAL CONTEST      BROWN, MARC TOLON 

When Arthur hears his sister singing a catchy tune, he wonders if he could call that jingle his own and enter it in the Crunch Cereal Contest. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 1998. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13363    LOCKED IN THE LIBRARY!              BROWN, MARC TOLON 

Although Arthur and Francine aren’t speaking to each other, they must find a way to set aside their differences when they are locked in the library after it closes. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 1998. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13357    INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN    LAI, THANHHA  

Ten-year-old Ha writes poems to chronicle the life-changing year of 1975, when Ha, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. For grades 4-7. National Book Award. 2011. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13364    BLACKBERRY RAMBLE    HURD, THACHER              

When spring comes to Farmer Clem’s farm, Baby Mouse loves to go exploring. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 1989. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13352    I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE              MCCOURT, LISA

When Mama tucks her little boy into bed, he has a few questions. He wants to know what she would do if he were a big scary ape, a smelly skunk, a meat-eating dinosaur, or maybe a green alien. Mama, of course, assures him she will love him no matter what.  Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13353    ALEXANDER, WHO’S NOT (DO YOU HEAR ME? I MEAN IT!) GOING TO MOVE          VIORST, JUDITH

Alexander’s father has a new job far away. But Alexander is determined not to move and leave behind his best friend, his great sitter, his soccer team, and the cleaner who saves the gum wrappers from Alexander’s pants pockets. Then his parents give Alexander some reasons to stay with his family. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13361    WHO WAS QUEEN VICTORIA?    GIGLIOTTI, JIM 

Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian Era, a period of industrial, cultural, scientific, and political change that was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. But Victoria was raised under close supervision and near isolation until she became Queen of the United Kingdom at the young age of 18. She married her first cousin, Albert, and had nine children who married into families across Europe. Publicly, she became a national icon, but privately, Who Was Queen Victoria? For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13365    HOW MONKEYS “TALK”                 BANKS, MARTIN              

Explains how monkeys and other primates communicate, by means of facial expressions, vocal sounds, scents, and body language. Grades 2-4. 1998.  Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13354    HOW CATERPILLARS TURN INTO BUTTERFLIES     BAILEY, JILL        

Describes the life cycle of the butterfly, from the hatching of the caterpillar, through its struggle to survive, to its metamorphosis into a butterfly and the laying of its own eggs. 1999. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13355    POLAR MAMMALS           BRIMNER, LARRY DANE

Describes such animals as the polar bear, ringed seal, caribou, arctic hare, and wolverine and the ways they have adapted to life in the frigid arctic regions. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13356    HOW INSECTS WORK TOGETHER               BAILEY, JILL        

“This book describes the lives of social insects – such as ants, wasps, honeybees, and termites – and tells how they work together and communicate in order to survive. The book is divided into a series of two-page chapters covering such topics as living together, the pecking order, baby-sitters, castles and combs, hunters and gatherers, and defense and attack. Such terms as pheromones, caste, and metamorphosis are clearly explained and described within the text itself. There is also a glossary and bibliography. Overall, an attractively designed and useful volume.” – Linnea Hendrickson, Children’s Literature, Braille Bookstore. Unified Uncontracted Text/Braille.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13359    CROSSOVER       ALEXANDER, KWAME    

Twin fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court, as their father ignores his declining health. Told in hip-hop style verse. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Newbery Medal Winner. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.         

New Braille Books Added in August 2021

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13300    LOST CONTINENT: WINGS OF FIRE            SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

After finding another continent on the planet, the dragons discover a new tribe. Sequel to Darkness of Dragons (DB 97834). For grades 4-7. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

New Braille Books Added in July 2021

ADULT FICTION

BT           13348    ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE        GARCIA MARQUEZ, GABRIEL, 1927-2014                

The rise and fall, birth and death, of the mythical town of Macondo, somewhere in Latin America, through characterizations of the Buendia family. The variety of life and the search for peace and truth are universal themes that dominate the novel. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1970. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13345    LOOK FOR ME: A NOVEL                GARDNER, LISA

A family is murdered in their home, except for sixteen-year-old Roxy, who is missing, along with the family dogs. Both Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren and survivor-turned-vigilante Flora Dane from Find Her (DB 83828) are on the hunt for Roxy. Then another connected shooting occurs. Violence and strong language. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

BT           13304    WINTER STREET         HILDERBRAND, ELIN              

When Kelley Quinn, owner of the Winter Street Inn, discovers his second wife, Mitzi, kissing the hired Santa, his world implodes and he lists the inn for sale. The grown children from his first marriage come to help, but they have their own issues. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13344    FALL FROM GRACE          STEEL, DANIELLE              

When her husband dies in an accident, forty-nine-year-old widow Sydney Wells is appalled to find he left her out of his will. She finds a job but is soon out of her depth, in trouble with the law, and having to start over, yet again. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.  

BT           13340    TRADING CHRISTMAS    MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Widowed Emily Spring of Leavenworth, Washington, swaps houses with Charles Brewster of Boston for Christmas. Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith travels to Leavenworth to visit her and Charles’s brother Ray shows up at the house in Boston. Unexpected romances ensue in both locations. 2011. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.      

ADULT NON-FICTION

BT           13346    GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE: STOP BELIEVING THE LIES ABOUT WHO YOU ARE SO YOU CAN BECOME WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE             HOLLIS, RACHEL (EVENT PLANNER)         

The founder of a lifestyle website and media company CEO shares tips for better living while revealing the messiness of her own life. She exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13301    FOREVER COURT              RUDDEN, DAVE

Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks–not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home… For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13302    DARK SECRET: WINGS OF FIRE    SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Starflight, one of the dragonets of destiny, is kidnapped by the NightWings. With his fellow dragonets too far away to help, the fate of two kingdoms rests in Starflight’s talons. Sequel to The Hidden Kingdom (DB 97827). For grades 4-7. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13305    BRIGHTEST NIGHT: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Sunny has always taken the Dragonet Prophecy very seriously, and Morrowseer’s devastating news changes everything. Now she must forge a new identity and find a way to stop the futile war between the dragon clans. Sequel to The Dark Secret (DB 97828). For grades 4-7. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.       

BT           13303    KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK         RUDDEN, DAVE

A young orphan learns that monsters can grow out of the shadows in our world, and there is an ancient order of knights who keeps them at bay. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13342    DRAGONET PROPHECY: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will. For grades 4-7. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13343    MOON RISING: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

When Moonwatcher, a young NightWing with secret powers, begins school at the academy started by the dragonets of destiny after the end of the war, she soon realizes that someone is attacking the students. Sequel to The Brightest Night (DB 97829). For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13347    ESCAPING PERIL: WINGS OF FIRE               SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Peril is possibly the most dangerous dragon in Pyrrhia, because she has firescales that can kill an opponent with a touch, but now she has a mission–find her former queen, Scarlet. Sequel to Winter Turning (DB 97831). For grades 4-7. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13307    ESCAPE      BARCLAY, LINWOOD

After narrowly escaping capture and low on options, twelve-year-old Jeff and the genetically engineered spy dog, Chipper, remain on the run from The Institute and their team of agents. Sequel to Chase (DB 98279). Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13306    CHASE      BARCLAY, LINWOOD   

Twelve-year-old orphan Jeff becomes tangled up with Chipper, a dog fleeing from an organization that wants to bury the truth of what he is. It will be up to Chipper to keep them both alive. For grades 4-7. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13350    HOUSE OF ROBOTS          PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Fifth-grader Sammy struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robot named E, to school with him. Much to Sammy’s horror and his classmates’ glee, he is supposed to show E how to be a regular student. For grades 3-6. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13283    CANDY CORN CONTEST        GIFF, PATRICIA REILLY             

He’s just as anxious as the rest of the kids in room 113 to guess how many candy corns are in the huge jar on Mrs. Rooney’s desk, but Richard has extra worries on his mind. None of the boys want to come to Richard’s sleepover if it means sleeping next to smelly Matthew, who wets his bed. Book three in the Kids of the Polk Street School series. For grades 2-4. 1984. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

BT           13282    ALL-STAR FEVER                CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Street Mudders, wants desperately to be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents’ rules for riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 1997. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13349    HOUSE OF ROBOTS          PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Fifth-grader Sammy struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robot named E, to school with him. Much to Sammy’s horror and his classmates’ glee, he is supposed to show E how to be a regular student. For grades 3-6. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13341    TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, SEGMENT ONE             WILLIAMS, TAD 1993.

In this sequel to “Stone of Farewell” (RC 40338), the Storm King and his undead allies continue to gather strength for a final confrontation with Simon and his companions, who are fighting to help Prince Josua gain the throne now occupied by his brother King Elias. Each will face numerous skirmishes before the final confrontation at the Green Angel Tower. For senior high and older readers. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13351    STONE OF FAREWELL: MEMORY, SORROW, AND THORN, BOOK 2               WILLIAMS, TAD

Simon and his allies now possess the sword Thorn, essential to their defeat of the evil forces of King Elias of Osten Ard. King Elias has banded together with the Storm King, and they plan to end any hope Prince Josua has of taking over the throne. Both forces will meet many problems before they come face to face at the Stone of Farewell. Sequel to “The Dragonbone Chair” (RC 40337). 1990. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

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ADULT NON-FICTION

BT           13236    NEVER LOOK AT THE EMPTY SEATS: A MEMOIR        DANIELS, CHARLIE, 1936-       

Country music legend Charlie Daniels, who was born in North Carolina in 1936, discusses his life and career. Famed for his song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Daniels shares stories of his music, the musicians with whom he collaborated, and the role of faith in his life. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13226    LOST HEIR: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Overjoyed to be reunited with her fellow ocean-dwelling dragons, Tsunami the SeaWing continues efforts to end the war for Pyrrhia in spite of a dangerous assassin who is threatening all their lives. Sequel to The Dragonet Prophecy (DB 97153). For grades 4-7. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.     

BT           13227    HIVE QUEEN: WINGS OF FIRE      SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Cricket, a dragonet who is immune to Queen Wasp’s powers, goes into hiding after stealing the Book of Clearsight. For grades 4-7. Unrated. 2020. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13237    WINTER TURNING: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

When a member of the royal IceWing family breaks the truce and escapes from Jade Mountain Academy, Winter, an IceWing, embarks on his own quest and hopes to win the respect of his family in the process. Sequel to Moon Rising (DB 97830). For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13240    HIDDEN KINGDOM: WINGS OF FIRE         SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

The five dragonets hope to hide in safety in the RainWing kingdom, but when tribe members start disappearing and the old queen does nothing, it is up to Glory, a RainWing, and her friends to uncover the lurking evil. Sequel to The Lost Heir (DB 97272). For grades 4-7. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13221    YOUR MOTHER WAS A NEANDERTHAL    SCIESZKA, JON  

Sam, Joe, and Fred, the Time Warp Trio who first appeared in “Knights of the Kitchen Table” (RC 36216), travel back to the Stone Age and are immediately in trouble. First, they’re completely naked (Sam still has his hat and Fred his glasses) and, second, they no longer have “The Book” that enables them to travel in time. They have plenty of other problems, too, with cavegirls and a woolly mammoth. For grades 3-6. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13223    SEE YOU LATER, GLADIATOR: THE TIME WARP TRIO          SCIESZKA, JON  

Joe, Sam, and Fred accidentally open their magic book and are transported back to ancient Rome as gladiators. They use their wrestling moves to impress the fans in the Colosseum until they can return home. For grades 3-6. 2000. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13224    KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE: THE TIME WARP TRIO                 SCIESZKA, JON

The Time Warp Trio is here! Comprised of Joe and his two pals, Fred and Sam, the trio travels through time with the help of “The Book,” a gift from Joe’s magician uncle. Their adventures are chockful of tongue-in-cheek humor as they journey back to the Middle Ages to hang out with Sir Lancelot and make Camelot safe from a dragon and a very smelly giant. For grades 3-6. 1991. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13225    2095       SCIESZKA, JON  

While on a field trip to a museum, Joe, Sam, and Fred use The Book and emerge in a different century. In their new time, they encounter robots, anti-gravity disks, and their own grandchildren. Sequel to Your Mother Was a Neanderthal (DB 40670). For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1995. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                

BT           13229    NOT-SO-JOLLY ROGER: THE TIME WARP TRIO       SCIESZKA, JON  

Joe, Fred, and Sam are really up a tree this time. Literally. Not only has Joe’s Book set them down in a coconut tree, but the tree’s surrounded by pirates! Their choices: join Blackbeard’s crew, walk the plank, or become coconut stew! What can a time traveler say but, “Yo ho ho and a bottle of ginger ale”? For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1991. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13230    GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GOOFY: THE TIME WARP TRIO              SCIESZKA, JON  

Hi-ho Trio, away! Thanks to the magic of The Book, Joe, Sam, and Fred are back in the Wild West–and it’s proving to be way too wild. As cowboys, they’re poisoned by trail chow and stampeded by a herd of crazed cattle. Now they’ve been captured by Indians. Will this be the Time Warp Trio’s last stand? For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1992. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13231    TUT TUT: THE TIME WARP TRIO SCIESZKA, JON  

The Time Warp trio takes off for some Ancient Egyptian action. Fred wants to run his fingers through the treasure of King Tut; Sam thinks it would be awful to be a mummy; and Joe wants to ask the Sphinx the questions on the Egyptian History worksheet. But when the trio wind up on the banks of the Nile, hieroglyphic hilarity is guaranteed. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1996. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13234    FLAT STANLEY    BROWN, JEFF, 1926-2003              

Life in the Lambchop family is sedate and serene–until a bulletin board falls on young Stanley Lambchop and he becomes . . . depth-disadvantaged! But does it get him down? No! Though he’s only half-an-inch thick, Stanley manages to lead a very full life. Originally published in 1964, Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley has become a modern classic. For grades 2-4. 1964. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.     

BT           13239    SAM SAMURAI: THE TIME WARP TRIO     SCIESZKA, JON  

A haiku-writing assignment lands Joe, Sam, and Fred in what might be their scariest adventure yet among Samurai warriors and really big swords. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2001. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                

BT           13222    LLAMA IN THE LIBRARY  HURWITZ, JOHANNA     

Sex education is one of the first subjects taught in fifth grade, so Adam Fine is sure he’s learned all he needs to know about it. But when his mom announces that she’s expecting her third child and the cool new girl, Alana Brown, catches his attention at school, he begins to realize some facts of life that aren’t covered in class. A wacky ghost-hunting episode at the White House, the grand old local hotel, brings Adam and Alana together. For grades 2-4. Unrated. 1999. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13232    LUCKY BASEBALL BAT     CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Marty loses his lucky baseball bat, and his confidence along with it, and wonders if he will recover both in time to help the Tigers win the championship. For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13233    LILLY TO THE RESCUE      BELLINGHAM, BRENDA 

Bossy-boots! That’s what kids at school start calling Lilly when she gives a lot of advice that’s not wanted. For grades K-3. Unrated. 1997. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.             

BT           13235    I WAS A THIRD GRADE SCIENCE PROJECT               AUCH, MARY JANE          

Josh’s best friend Brian comes up with an odd idea for their science fair project: hypnotizing Brian’s dog, Arful, into thinking he’s a cat. After a few sessions with the crystal, Arful may not feel like a cat, but Josh certainly does! For grades 2-4. 1998. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13238    DIFFERENT DRAGONS    LITTLE, JEAN, 1932-         

Ben doesn’t like to admit it, but he is afraid of thunderstorms, and dogs, and other things too. When his parents go away for the weekend, he reluctantly goes to stay with his aunt Rose. There he finds Gully, a big Labrador retriever who is his birthday present! Hana, the girl next door, laughs at Ben for his fear of Gully. But when they are stuck in the attic and Hana becomes afraid, Ben realizes that everyone has fears. For grades 3-6. 1986. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13228    DRAGONBONE CHAIR: MEMORY, SORROW, AND THORN, BOOK 1               WILLIAMS, TAD

Simon, fourteen, is a scullery boy at Hayholt Castle in the land of Osten Ard. Then one day he is apprenticed to Doctor Morgenes and finds himself involved with the League of the Scroll. King Elias has succeeded to the throne, bringing an evil force with him. To save the realm, Simon must unravel the riddle of the three lost swords called Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn–and now Elias has one. Followed by “Stone of Farewell,” RC 40338. For senior high readers. 1988. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13286    TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, SEGMENT TWO            WILLIAMS, TAD

In this sequel to “Stone of Farewell” (RC 40338), the Storm King and his undead allies continue to gather strength for a final confrontation with Simon and his companions, who are fighting to help Prince Josua gain the throne now occupied by his brother King Elias. Each will face numerous skirmishes before the final confrontation at the Green Angel Tower. For senior high and older readers. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13287    GOBLINS ON THE PROWL              COVILLE, BRUCE               

When an accidental spell brings a mysterious stone toad to life, and it hops away with her human friend William between its jaws, Fauna must use her magic and her wits to save him, embarking on a journey through dangerous lands filled with fearsome giants, talking bears, and packs of rogue goblins. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13288    ROBOTS GO WILD!           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his ‘bro-bot’ E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie’s school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block–and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it’s up to Sammy to figure out what’s wrong with E and save his family! Unrated. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2015.  Related names:  Grabenstein, Chris, author. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13284    CENTERFIELD BALLHAWK              CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Jose Mendez believes that he is a disappointment to his father, a former minor-league baseball player with a .375 batting average. Although Jose loves the sport as much as his father and practices very hard, he is not very good at hitting the ball. His sister, Carmen, is a brighter star on his softball team than he is. For grades 2-4. 1992. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13285    SPY ON THIRD BASE        CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Third baseman TV Adams’s knack for predicting where a batter will hit a ball leads an anonymous phone caller to warn him against using his powers. Should he give in to the caller’s threats or spy to help his team? For grades 2-4. 1990. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.