NPR’s Book Concierge 2023

National Public Radio (NPR) has just released the Book Concierge for 2023. This is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. They compile their list by requesting staffers and trusted critics to nominate their favorite books of the year. Then, the editors and producers at NPR Books sit down and select their favorites. 

The books on this list cover a variety of genres such as biographies, book club ideas, and nonfiction as well as the more traditional categories like mysteries and thrillers, and historical fiction. We have indicated the categories that NPR assigned each book beneath the title in BOLD.

The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. We even have some of them in Spanish. We have placed those at the top of the list under the heading En Español. No matter which genre you enjoy, the staff at National Public Radio have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=list&year=2023

En Español

ALAS DE SANGRA por by Rebecca Yarros (DB en proceso)
(Let’s Talk About Sex, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
EDAD DEL VICIO por Deepti Kapoor (DB 115648 en proceso)
(Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
INVENCIBLE VERANO DE LILIANA por Cristina Rivera Garza (DB 107986)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
NUESTRA PARTE DE NOCHE por Mariana Enriquez (DBG 17386)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
OTRA GRAN OBRA MAESTRA DEL CINE por Tom Hanks (DB en proceso)
(Funny Stuff, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
 PACTO DEL AGUA por Abraham Verghese (DB en proceso)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
SPARE: EN LA SOMBRA por Prince Harry Duke of Sussex (DB 114176)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
TRENZA DEL MAR ESMERALDA por Brandon Sanderson (DB 114177)
(Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
VIENTO CONOCE MI NOMBRE por Isabel Allende (DB 115997)
(Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)

English Language

ABOVE GROUND by Clint Smith (DB 113995, BR 24835 IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks)
ABSOLUTION by Alice McDermott (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
AGE OF VICE by Deepti Kapoor (DB 111733, LB 14194)
(Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
ALL THE BEAUTY IN THE WORLD: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART AND ME by Patrick Bringley (DB 113368)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For Art Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Staff Picks)
ALL THE SINNERS BLEED by S. A. Cosby (DB 115237)
(Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
AMERICAN STORY by Kwame Alexander (DB 111856)
(For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Nonfiction)
ASTOR: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN FORTUNE by Anderson Cooper (DB IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
BEAST YOU ARE: STORIES by Paul Tremblay (DB IN PROCESS)
(Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, The Dark Side)
BEE STING by Paul Murray (DB IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
BETTER THE BLOOD by Michael Bennett (DB 114557)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
BIG SWISS by Jen Beagin (DB 113281)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
BIOGRAPHY OF X by Catherine Lacey (DB 113971)
(Book Club Ideas, For History Lovers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
BIRNAM WOOD by Eleanor Catton (DB 115924)
(Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
BLACKOUTS by Justin Torres (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
BRIGHT YOUNG WOMEN by Jessica Knoll (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks)
BURN IT DOWN: POWER, COMPLICITY, AND A CALL FOR CHANGE IN HOLLYWOOD by Maureen Ryan (DB 115381)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
BUT WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW?: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE 60S GIRL GROUPS by Laura Flam and Emily Seiu Liebowitz (DB IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, For Music Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
CASSANDRA IN REVERSE by Holly Smale (DB 115359)
(Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
CENTRE by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi (DB IN PROCESS)
(Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)
CHAIN GANG ALL STARS by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (DB 114336)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For Sports Lovers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
CHOOSING FAMILY: A MEMOIR OF QUEER MOTHERHOOD AND BLACK RESISTANCE by Francesca T. Royster (DB 114746)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction)
COUNTRY OF THE BLIND: A MEMOIR AT THE END OF SIGHT by Andrew Leland (DB 115575, BR 25166)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Science!)
COVENANT OF WATER by Abraham Verghese (DB 114896)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
CROOK MANIFESTO by Colson Whitehead (DB 115398)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
CUBAN HEIRESS by Chanel Cleeton (DB 113946)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Thrillers, Tales From Around The World)
DAY by Michael Cunningham (IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
DOS AND DONUTS OF LOVE by Adiba Jaigirdar (DB 116288)
(Cookbooks & Food, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Love & Romance, Young Adult)
EMILY WILDE’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAERIES by Heather Fawcett (DB 112234, BR 24964 IN PROCESS)
(Love & Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
EMPTY THEATRE: OR THE LIVES OF KING LUDWIG II OF BAVARIA AND EMPRESS SISI OF AUSTRIA (QUEEN OF HUNGARY), COUSINS, IN THEIR PURSUIT OF CONNECTION AND BEAUTY DESPITE THE EXPECTATIONS PLACED ON THEM BECAUSE OF THE EXCEPTIONAL GOOD FORTUNE OF THEIR STATUS AS BELOVED NATIONAL FIGURES by Jac Jemc (DB 114965)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
ENCHANTERS by James Ellroy (DB IN PROCESS)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Rather Long, The Dark Side)
EYES & THE IMPOSSIBLE by Dave Eggers (DB 116273)
(For Art Lovers, Kids’ Books, Seriously Great Writing)
FAMILY LORE by Elizabeth Acevedo (DB 116553 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Love & Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
FAMILY MEAL by Bryan Washington (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
FEVER IN THE HEARTLAND: THE KU KLUX KLAN’S PLOT TO TAKE OVER AMERICA, AND THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED THEM by Timothy Egan (DB 114864)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
FIRE WEATHER: A TRUE STORY FROM A HOTTER WORLD by John Vaillant (DB 116220)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Science!, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros (DB 115206, BR IN PROCESS)
(Let’s Talk About Sex, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
FRAUD by Zadie Smith (DB 116592 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
GHOST AT THE FEAST: AMERICA AND THE COLLAPSE OF WORLD ORDER by Robert Kagan (DB 112901)
(For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
GOLDEN SPOON by Jessa Maxwell (DB IN PROCESS)
(Cookbooks & Food, Funny Stuff, Mysteries & Thrillers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Staff Picks)
GONE TO THE WOLVES by John Wray (DB IN PROCESS)
(For Music Lovers, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
GOOD NIGHT, IRENE by Luis Alberto Urrea (DB 114929)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
GREAT ESCAPE: A TRUE STORY OF FORCED LABOR AND IMMIGRANT DREAMS IN AMERICA by Saket Soni (DB 113144)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
GUEST by Emma Cline (DB 114407, LB 14446, BR IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Let’s Talk About Sex, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
HALF KNOWN LIFE: IN SEARCH OF PARADISE by Pico Iyer (DB 114178)
(Biography & Memoir, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
HANG THE MOON by Jeannette Walls (DB 114958, BR 25113 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, The States We’re In)
HAPPY PLACE by Emily Henry (DB 114742, BR 24897 IN PROCESS)
(Let’s Talk About Sex, Love & Romance, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
HEAT WILL KILL YOU FIRST: LIFE AND DEATH ON A SCORCHED PLANET by Jeff Goodell (DB 116475 IN PROCESS)
(Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Science!, Staff Picks)
HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE by James McBride (DB 115655 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
HELLO BEAUTIFUL by Ann Napolitano (DB 113288, LB 14282, BR 25090 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For Sports Lovers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
HOLLY by Stephen King (DB 116600 IN PROCESS, BR 25169 IN PROCESS)
(Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, The Dark Side)
HOUSE OF EVE by Sadeqa Johnson (DB 112651)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Love & Romance)
HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE by Grady Hendrix (DB 112120, LB 14730)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Mysteries & Thriller, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU by Rebecca Makkai (DB 112960, LB 14575)
(Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
IMMORTAL LONGINGS by Chloe Gong (DB 116607)
(Love & Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
IMPOSTER SYNDROME AND OTHER CONFESSIONS OF ALEJANDRA KIM by Patricia Park (DB 113468)
(Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Young Adult)
IN MEMORIAM by Alice Winn (DB 116108)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
INVISIBLE SON by Kim Johnson (DB 116471 IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, The Dark Side, Young Adult)
JOVITA WORE PANTS: THE STORY OF A MEXICAN FREEDOM FIGHTER by Aida Salazar (DB 114313)
(Biography & Memoir, For History Lovers, Kids’ Books, Nonfiction, Tales From Around The World)
JULIETA AND THE ROMEOS by Maria E. Andreu (DB IN PROCESS)
(Funny Stuff, Love & Romance, Rather Long, Young Adult)
KING: A LIFE by Jonathan Eig (DB 115189, BR IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
KüNSTLERS IN PARADISE by Cathleen Schine (DB 115236)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
LAND OF MILK AND HONEY by C. Pam Zhang (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Cookbooks & Food, Eye-Opening Reads, Rather Short, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
LAST ANIMAL by Ramona Ausubel (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Science!, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
LAST DEVIL TO DIE by Richard Osman (DB 116412 IN PROCESS)
(Funny Stuff, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World)
LIBRARIANIST by Patrick deWitt (DB 116100, LB 14519, BR 25013 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
LIKE LAVA IN MY VEINS by Derrick Barnes (DB 116558 IN PROCESS, BR 25048 IN PROCESS)
(Comics & Graphic Novels, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Staff Picks)
LILIANA’S INVINCIBLE SUMMER: A SISTER’S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE by Cristina Rivera Garza (DB 115091)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
LONE WOMEN by Victor LaValle (DB 114718)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
LONELY HEARTS BOOK CLUB by Lucy Gilmore (DB 114734)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
LOOT by Tania James (DB 115153)
(For History Lovers, Funny Stuff, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
MADONNA: A REBEL LIFE by Mary Gabriel (DB IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER by H. G. Parry (DB 113984)
(Family Matters, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction)
MAKING OF ANOTHER MAJOR MOTION PICTURE MASTERPIECE by Tom Hanks (DB 114593, LB 14418)
(Funny Stuff, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
MAMA SHAMSI AT THE BAZAAR by Mojdeh Hassani (DB 114019 IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Kids’ Books, Tales From Around The World)
MANY ASSASSINATIONS OF SAMIR, THE SELLER OF DREAMS by Daniel Nayeri (DB 114135)
(Funny Stuff, Historical Fiction, Kids’ Books, Tales From Around The World)
MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE: AN EPIC JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM by Ilyon Woo (DB 112758)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Rather Long, The States We’re In)
MONSTERS: A FAN’S DILEMMA by Claire Dederer (DB 114924)
(Book Club Ideas, For Art Lovers, For Music Lovers, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NADA by Uzma Jalaluddin (DB 116291)
(Identity & Culture, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
MUSEUM OF FAILURES by Thirty N. Umrigar (DB 116437 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
MY MURDER by Katie Williams (DB 115403, LB 14422)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
MY NAME IS BARBRA by Barbra Streisand (DB 116687 IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
NONE OF THIS IS TRUE by Lisa Jewell (DB 116345 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
NORTH WOODS by Daniel Mason (DB 116389 IN PROCESSS)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
OLD GOD’S TIME by Sebastian Barry (DB 114027)
(Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING by Elissa Sussman (DB 115336)
(For Music Lovers, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love & Romance, No Biz Like Show Biz, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
ORDINARY NOTES by Christina Elizabeth Sharpe (DB 114934)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
OSCAR WARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD IN GOLD, SWEAT, AND TEARS by Michael Schulman (DB 114470)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
OUR MIGRANT SOULS: A MEDITATION ON RACE AND THE MEANINGS AND MYTHS OF “LATINO” by Hector Tobar (DB IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, The States We’re In)
OUR SHARE OF NIGHT by Mariana Enriquez (DB 115900)
(Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
PINEAPPLE STREET by Jenny Jackson (DB 113575, BR 24904 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
POSTCARD by Anne Berest (DB 115072)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
POVERTY, BY AMERICA by Matthew Desmond (DB 113856, LB 14415)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
PROMISES OF GOLD/ PROMESAS DE ORO by Jose Olivarez (DB 114551 IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)
QUEEN OF DIRT ISLAND by Donal Ryan (DB 114146, BR 24899 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
QUIETLY HOSTILE: ESSAYS by Samantha Irby (DB 115194)
(Biography & Memoir, Funny Stuff, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Staff Picks)
RACHEL INCIDENT by Caroline O’Donoghue (DB 115387, LB 14692)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
RAW DOG: THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT HOT DOGS by Jamie Loftus (DB 115180)
(Biography & Memoir, Cookbooks & Food, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
REDISCOVERY OF AMERICA: NATIVE PEOPLES AND THE UNMASKING OF U. S.  HISTORY by Ned Blackhawk (DB 115217 IN PROCESS)
(Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
REMEMBER by Joy Harjo (DB 115904, BR 25039 IN PROCESS)
(For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry)
RINGMASTER: VINCE MCMAHON AND THE UNMAKING OF AMERICA by Abraham Riesman (DB 114335)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, For Sports Lovers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks)
ROMAN STORIES by Jhumpa Lahiri (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Idea, Identity & Culture, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays & Poetry, Tales From Around The World)
ROMANTIC COMEDY by Curtis Sittenfeld (DB 113860, LB 14285, BR 24945 IN PROCESS)
(Funny Stuff, Love & Romance, No Biz Like Show Biz, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
ROUGH SLEEPERS: DR JIM O’CONNELL’S URGENT MISSION TO BRING HEALING TO HOMELESS PEOPLE by Tracy Kidder (IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
SING HER DOWN by Ivy Pochoda (DB 114455)
(Book Club Ideas, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
SMALL MERCIES by Dennis Lehane (DB 114456, LB 14406)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
SOIL: THE STORY OF A BLACK MOTHER’S GARDEN by Camille T. Dungy (IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks)
SOME DESPERATE GLORY by Emily Tesh (BR IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)
SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES by Jojo Moyes (DB 112338, LB 14576, BR 25197 IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
SPARE by Prince Harry Duke of Sussex (DB 112017, LB 14392)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
SPELL OF GOOD THINGS by Ayobami Adebayo (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
STARLING HOUSE by Alix E. Harrow (DB 116445 IN PROCESS)
(Love & Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
STUDY IN DROWNING by Ava Reid (DB 116420 IN PROCESS)
(Love & Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, Young Adult)
STOLEN COAST by Dwyer Murphy (DB 115407)
(Mysteries & Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
SYMPHONY OF SECRETS by Brendan Slocumb (DB 114928)
(Book Club Ideas, For Music Lovers, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction)
THERE WILL BE FIRE: MARGARET THATCHER, THE IRA, AND TWO MINUTES THAT CHANGED HISTORY by Rory Carroll (DB 113821)
(Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
THICKER THAN WATER: A MEMOIR by Kerry Washington (DB IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN by Susanna Hoffs (DB 115330)
(Book Club Ideas, For Music Lovers, Funny Stuff, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around The World)
THIS OTHER EDEN by Paul Harding (DB 113243, BR 24845 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
THORNHEDGE by T. Kingfisher (DB 116446 IN PROCESS, BR IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Rather Short, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction)
TOM LAKE by Ann Patchett (DB 116555 IN PROCESS, BR 25129 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
TRANSLATION STATE by Ann Leckie (DB 116532 IN PROCESS)
(Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
TRESS OF THE EMERALD SEA by Brandon Sanderson (DB 115506 IN PROCESS, BR 24995 IN PROCESS)
(Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks)
TRUE LOVE EXPERIMENT by Christina Lauren (DB 115235)
(Family Matters, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love & Romance, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks)
ULTRA-PROCESSED PEOPLE: THE SCIENCE BEHIND FOOD THAT ISN’T FOOD by Chris van Tulleken (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Cookbooks & Food, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, Science!, Staff Picks)
UNRAVELING: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE WHILE SHEARING SHEEP, DYEING WOOL, AND MAKING THE WORLD’S UGLIEST SWEATER by Peggy Orenstein (DB 113482)
(Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Book Family Matters, For History Lovers, It’s All Geek To Me, Nonfiction, Rather Short, Staff Picks)
VAMPIRES OF EL NORTE by Isabel Cañas (DB 116478 IN PROCESS)
(Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World, The Dark Side)
VASTER WILDS by Lauren Groff (DB 116370, BR IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, The Dark Side, The States We’re In)
VERA WONG’S UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR MURDERERS by Jesse Q. Sutanto (DB 113039, LB 14540)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Mysteries & Thrillers, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
VICTORY CITY by Salman Rushdie (DB 112519, LB 14581)
(Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around The World)
VULNERABLES by Sigrid Nunez (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
WAGER: A TALE OF SHIPWRECK, MUTINY, & MURDER by David Grann (DB 113965, LB 14399)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
WARRIOR GIRL UNEARTHED by Angeline Boulley (DB 114761, BR 25116 IN PROCESS)
(Identity & Culture, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In, Young Adult)
WE COULD BE SO GOOD by Cat Sebastian (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love & Romance)
WE WERE ONCE A FAMILY: A STORY OF LOVE, DEATH, AND CHILD REMOVAL IN AMERICA by Roxanna Asgarian (DB 114060)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
WELLNESS by Nathan Hill (DB 116388 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Love & Romance, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
WEYWARD by Emilia Hart (DB 113239, BR 24933 IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
WICKED BARGAIN by Gabe Cole Novoa (DB 113355)
(Identity & Culture, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction, Tales From Around The World, Young Adult)
WIND KNOWS MY NAME by Isabel Allende (DB 115139, LB 14397, BR 25001 IN PROCESS)
(Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing)
WITCH KING by Marth Wells (DB 114938)
(Rather Long, Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction)
WITHOUT CHILDREN: THE LONG HISTORY OF NOT BEING A MOTHER by Peggy O’Donnell Heffington (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Family Matters, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
WITNESS: STORIES by Jamel Brinkley (DB IN PROCESS)
(Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, The States We’re In)
WOLVES OF ETERNITY by Karl Ove Knausgard (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Rather Long, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
WOMAN IN ME by Briteny Spears (DB IN PROCESS)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, For Music Lovers, No Biz Like Show Biz, Nonfiction, Staff Picks)
WRECK: A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR OF BECOMING A MOTHER by Cassandra Jackson (DB 115198)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Staff Picks, The States We’re In)
WREN, THE WREN by Anne Enright (DB IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks, Tales From Around The World)
YEAR MY LIFE WENT DOWN THE TOILET by Jake Maia Arlow (DB IN PROCESS)
(Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Identity & Culture, Kids’ Books)
YELLOWFACE by R. F. Kuang (DB 114930, BR 24934 IN PROCESS)
(Book Club Ideas, Identity & Culture, Realistic Fiction, Staff Picks, The Dark Side)
YOU COULD MAKE THIS PLACE BEAUTIFUL: A MEMOIR by Maggie Smith (DB 115170)
(Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing, Short Stories, Essays, & Poetry, Staff Picks)

New Large Print Books and Braille Books Added in September 2023

SEPTEMBER LARGE PRINT

ADULT FICTION

ROSE AND THE THISTLE by Laura Frantz LB 14728            

WOMAN WITH THE CURE by Lynne Cullen LB 14729            

HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE by Grady Hendrix LB 14730            

ADULT NONFICTION

SONG OF THE CELL: AN EXPLORATION OF MEDICINE AND THE NEW HUMAN by Siddhartha Mukherjee LB 14731               

JUVENILE NONFICTION (Spanish language)

QUÉ HACES CON UNA VOZ ASÍ?: LA HISTORIA DE LA EXTRAORDINARIA CONGRESISTA BARBARA JORDAN by Chris Barton LB 14732            

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Tiffany D. Jackson LB 14727            

SEPTEMBER BRAILLE

JUVENILE FICTION

NELL PLANTS A TREE by Anne Wynter BT 13580

  

New Braille Books Added in March 2023-August 2023

ADULT FICTION
BT           13551   Leap of faith       Steel, Danielle   

BT           13552   Still Alice              Genova, Lisa      

BT           13553   Crossing               Connelly, Michael

BT           13554   Horse soldiers: the extraordinary story of a band of U.S. soldiers who rode to victory in Afghanistan                Stanton, Doug  

BT           13555   Hidden fires        Brown, Sandra

BT           13556   Message in a bottle         Sparks, Nicholas

BT           13557   1st to die              Patterson, James

BT           13558   Five days in Paris               Steel, Danielle

BT           13560   Bittersweet         Steel, Danielle

BT           13561   All the light we cannot see            Doerr, Anthony

BT           13563   Little fires everywhere    Ng, Celeste

BT           13564   Fall from grace   Steel, Danielle

BT           13567   Heartbeat            Steel, Danielle

BT           13568   Mirror image      Steel, Danielle

BT           13569   Jaws      Benchley, Peter

BT           13573   One flew over the cuckoo’s nest English    Kesey, Ken        

BT           13576   Force awakens: Star Wars             Foster, Alan Dean

BT           13578   Lone eagle           Steel, Danielle

ADULT NONFICTION

BT           13562   Betty Crocker’s best-loved recipes             Crocker, Betty   

BT           13565   Death in White Bear Lake              Siegel, Barry      

BT           13574   Purpose driven life: what am I here for? Warren, Rick

BT           13577   Chicken soup for the soul              Canfield, Jack, 1944-

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13502   Midnight on the moon: Magic Tree House, Book 8    Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13503   Dinosaurs before dark: Magic treehouse, Book 1     Osborne, Mary Pope  

BT           13504   Dolphins at daybreak: Magic tree house, Book 9     Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13505   Pirates past noon: Magic tree house, Book 4         Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13506   Mummies in the morning: Magic tree house, Book 3         Osborne, Mary Pope      

BT           13507   Forest of secrets: Warriors, Book 3            Hunter, Erin

BT           13508   Knight at dawn: Magic tree house, book 2             Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13509   Vacation under the volcano: Magic Tree House, Book 13    Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13510   Civil War on Sunday: Magic tree house, Book 21   Osborne, Mary Pope    

BT           13511   Revolutionary War on Wednesday: Magic Tree House, Book 22    Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13512   Fourteenth goldfish         Holm, Jennifer L.

BT           13513   Blind outlaw       Rounds, Glen, 1906-2002            

BT           13514   Wishtree              Applegate, Katherine

BT           13515   Field guide: the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1     Diterlizzi, Tony

BT           13516   Lucinda’s secret: the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3    Diterlizzi, Tony         

BT           13517   Wild robot          Brown, Peter, 1979-       

BT           13518   Wish      O’Connor, Barbara          

BT           13519   Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane      DiCamillo, Kate

BT           13520   Wayside school is falling down   Sachar, Louis

BT           13521   Seeing stone: the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2 Diterlizzi, Tony

BT           13522   Egypt game         Snyder, Zilpha Keatley    

BT           13523   Bridge home      Venkatraman, Padma    

BT           13524   Boy in the striped pajamas: a fable            Boyne, John

BT           13525   War that saved my life    Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker         

BT           13526   War I finally won              Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker         

BT           13528   Tiger rising          DiCamillo, Kate

BT           13529   Remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise    Gemeinhart, Dan             

BT           13530   There’s an owl in the shower       George, Jean Craighead, 1919-2012        

BT           13531   Ironwood tree: the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 4              Diterlizzi, Tony  

BT           13532   Mockingjay         Collins, Suzanne

BT           13533   Warriors: The New Prophecy: Moonrise English  Hunter, Erin        

BT           13534   Warriors: Power of Three: Long Shadows               Hunter, Erin        

BT           13535   Warriors: The New Prophecy: Dawn                         Hunter, Erin        

BT           13536   Warriors: The New Prophecy: Sunset                       Hunter, Erin        

BT           13537   Warriors: Power of Three: Dark River                       Hunter, Erin        

BT           13538   Warriors: Power of Three: Outcast                            Hunter, Erin

BT           13539   Curious George    Rey, H. A.         

BT           13540   Amelia Bedelia and the surprise shower  Parish, Peggy

BT           13541   Warriors: Power of Three: Eclipse              Hunter, Erin

BT           13542   Darkest hour: Warriors, Book 6   Hunter, Erin

BT           13543   Warriors: The New Prophecy: Midnight  Hunter, Erin

BT           13544   Warriors: The New Prophecy: Twilight     Hunter, Erin

BT           13545   Dangerous path                Hunter, Erin

BT           13546   Warriors: Power of Three: Sunrise             Hunter, Erin

BT           13547   Warriors: Power of Three: The Sight         Hunter, Erin

BT           13548   Rising storm       Hunter, Erin

BT           13549   Good morning, gorillas   Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13550   High tide in Hawaii           Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13559   Stage fright on a summer night                   Osborne, Mary Pope

BT           13566   Warriors: The New Prophecy: Starlight                    Hunter, Erin

BT           13570   Into the wild: Warriors, book 1   Hunter, Erin

BT           13571   Anne’s house of dreams    Montgomery, L. M.      

BT           13572   Anne of Windy Poplars   Montgomery, L. M.         

BT           13575   Fire and ice: Warriors, book 2      Hunter, Erin

BT           13579   Elk hunt                Dahlstrom, S. J.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13527   Catching fire       Collins, Suzanne

New Braille Books Added in February 2023

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13470    DOG’S PORPOISE              ROSS, M.C.         

A rambunctious mutt and a curious porpoise become best pals in this adorably charming story about friendship and family. For grades 2-4. Unrated. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13483    BEATRYCE PROPHECY     DICAMILLO, KATE            

Gentle Brother Edik finds a girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of a goat. As a monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, a prophecy that imperils them all. For grades 3-6. 2021.  

BT           13485    OTHER WORDS FOR HOME          WARGA, JASMINE          

When her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude is sent with her mother to the safety of a relative’s home in America. She worries for the family members who were left behind and adjusts to a new life filled with surprises. For grades 4-7. 2019. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13486    CARNIVOROUS CARNIVAL: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, BOOK 9 SNICKET, LEMONY         

The Baudelaire orphans stow away in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car after he frames them for murder and sets fire to The Hostile Hospital (RC 52913, BR 13633). They resort to disguises as they hide at the Caligari Carnival where Count Olaf consults a fortune-teller. For grades 4-7. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.      

BT           13456    INKLING               OPPEL, KENNETH, 1967-

When an inkblot that can write, listen, learn, and draw jumps out of his dad’s sketchbook, Ethan believes it may be the answer to their problems and names it Inkling. For grades 3-6. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13471    ONE HUNDRED ONE WAYS TO BUG YOUR PARENTS          WARDLAW, LEE, 1955-  

Steve, called Sneeze because of his allergies, has his heart set on attending an inventors’ convention. Instead, a change in family plans puts him in a summer-school writing class. Thinking up ways to pester his parents gives him an idea for a moneymaking book. For grades 4-7. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.    

BT           13455    STAY      PYRON, BOBBIE

After her family moves into a shelter in a new city, Piper’s life is turned upside down. But she soon finds hope in new friendships and with a special dog, Baby. For grades 4-7. 2019. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.    

BT           13500    HOME OF THE BRAVE     APPLEGATE, KATHERINE

A beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant’s journey from hardship to hope. American culture, the Minnesota climate, and personal identity are examined in this moving first-person novel written in free verse. For grades 6-9. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13465    CAT IN THE HAT                SEUSS, DR.         

A story in rhyme about two bored children sitting at home on a rainy day while their mother is out. Then the Cat in the Hat arrives on their doormat to show them good fun with his tricks and games. For preschool-2 grade. 1957. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. 

BT           13453    BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE DRESS CODE            BERENSTAIN, STAN, 1923-2005  

Even though they are not into rad fashions, Brother Bear and Sister Bear join the other cubs’ protest when Mr. Grizzmeyer enforces a strict dress code at Bear Country School. Unrated.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13452  I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005   TARSHIS, LAUREN           

Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn’t seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry’s world is literally torn apart. He’s swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century — alone? Unrated. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13464    BERENSTAIN BEARS COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS      BERENSTAIN, STAN, 1923-2005  

Mama Bear is tired of hearing about how many Bearbie dolls Lizzy Bruin has and about how many Game Bear video games cousin Freddy just got. During a thunderstorm, Mama gets her cubs to realize that love and a good home are more valuable than material possessions. Contracted braille in UEB.

BT           13454    HORRIBLE HARRY AND THE HOLIDAZE     KLINE, SUZY       

Miss Mackle’s third graders share December holiday traditions–Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings’ Day, and Korean New Year–with one another and with Harry’s great-grandfather who just moved into a nursing home. For grades 2-4. 2003. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13458    ALIENS FOR LUNCH         ETRA, JONATHAN           

Ever wonder why desserts taste scrumptious? It’s because of XTC, the sweet ingredient from the planet Ganoob. When the world’s supply is stolen, Richard and his alien friend Aric must recover it before desserts everywhere taste like stale spitballs! This hilarious adventure is the follow-up to Aliens for Breakfast. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13461    ALIENS FOR DINNER        SPINNER, STEPHANIE    

Aric the alien returns to Earth to help Richard Bickerstaff save the world from an invasion of Dwilbs, pollution-loving aliens who want to turn the planet into a toxic theme park. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

BT           13463    WAYS TO GROW LOVE   WATSON, RENÉE             

In the summer before fifth grade, Ryan Hart continues to grow through changes and challenges, such as waiting for a new baby sister to be born, a summer camp trip, and more. For grades 3-6. 2021. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13469    HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS       ROCKWELL, THOMAS, 1933-       

Alan bets fifty dollars that Billy can’t eat a worm a day for fifteen days. Both boys work hard to win the bet using psychological warfare, bizarre pranks, and plain cheating. For grades 3-6. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13466    CAT IN THE HAT                SEUSS, DR.         

A story in rhyme about two bored children sitting at home on a rainy day while their mother is out. Then the Cat in the Hat arrives on their doormat to show them good fun with his tricks and games. For preschool-2 grade. 1957. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.           

BT           13473    Zoey and Sassafras: Caterflies and Ice      CITRO, ASIA       

An unexpected snowstorm causes problems for the caterflies of the forest and their eggs. The fuzzy creatures enlist the help of Zoey and Sassafras, who must act before the eggs hatch! For preschool-grade 2. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                

BT           13474    ZOEY AND SASSAFRAS: CATERFLIES AND ICE         CITRO, ASIA       

In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? Unrated. For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13476    SAVE ME A SEAT               WEEKS, SARAH 

Two very different boys, Ravi and Joe, discover they have something in common the first week of fifth grade: a bully. The duo plot to take back control of their lives and become friends in the process. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. Related names: Varadarajan, Gita. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13477    WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE          WATSON, RENÉE             

Portland, Oregon. After her father starts a new job, money is tight and Ryan has a lot on her mind with all of the changes. But no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones. For grades 3-6.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

BT           13478    SUMMER OF THE SWANS             BYARS, BETSY CROMER 

Sometimes you don’t know what you love—until you almost lose it. Sara’s fourteenth summer was turning out to be the most confusing time of her life. Up until then, things had flowed smoothly, like the gliding swans on the lake. Now she wanted to fly away from everything—her beautiful older sister, her bossy Aunty Willie, her remote father, and, most of all, from herself. But could she fly away from Charlie? She loved her younger brother in a way she couldn’t understand, though sometimes she grew tired of his neediness. But when Charlie himself took flight, Sara suddenly knew what she had to do…. For grades 4-7. Newbery Medal Winner. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                

BT           13479    TALE OF DESPEREAUX: BEING THE STORY OF A MOUSE, A PRINCESS, SOME SOUP, AND A SPOOL OF THREAD   DICAMILLO, KATE        

Despereaux, a small mouse, is condemned to the dungeon for falling in love with human Princess Pea. Despereaux meets the rat, Roscuro, while Mig, an upstairs serving girl, wishes to be a princess, too. All four meet with near disastrous results. For grades 3-6. Newbery Medal Winner. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.           

BT           13482    GREEN EGGS AND HAM                 SEUSS, DR.         

Nonsense rhyme about a delightful creature named Sam-I-Am, and his efforts to get another to eat green eggs and ham. For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.   

BT           13484    GREEN EGGS AND HAM                SEUSS, DR.         

Nonsense rhyme about a delightful creature named Sam-I-Am, and his efforts to get another to eat green eggs and ham. For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.        

BT           13487    BRIAN’S WINTER              PAULSEN, GARY

Thirteen-year-old Brian was rescued from the Canadian wilderness at the end of summer in “The Hatchet” (RC 30535). But what if his distress call had not been heard and he had faced the harsh winter in the woods? This survival story pits the stranded young outdoorsman against the cold, loneliness, and worst of nature. For grades 6-9 and older. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.       

BT           13495    HOW DO DINOSAURS LOVE THEIR CATS?               YOLEN, JANE     

From purring naps to catnip toys, kitty cats are a dinosaur’s favorite pet! For preschool-grade 2. 2010. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.               

BT           13497    IF I WERE A LAMB           

These sturdy board books have fun things to feel throughout, including the animal’s fuzzy tail on the back cover! For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. Copyright and publication date unknown.

BT           13498    FOX AND THE HOUND    DISNEY, WALT   

The classic tale of Tod and Copper’s timeless friendship. For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.          

BT           13494    THAT’S NOT MY UNICORN           WATT, FIONA   

Have fun feeling each page until you find the right unicorn! For preschool-grade 2. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Unontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13460    MISERABLE MILL: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, BOOK 4   SNICKET, LEMONY          

In this sequel to The Wide Window (RC 50909), the saga of the Baudelaire orphans continues as they are sent to work at a grimy lumber mill in exchange for dormitory bunks. In due course their nemesis, Count Olaf, appears in yet another disguise. For grade 4-7. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13467    WIDE WINDOW: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, BOOK 3     SNICKET, LEMONY

In this sequel to The Reptile Room (RC 50908) the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with Aunt Josephine, who worries about everything, especially Lake Lachrymose and its loathsome leeches. The unhappy youngsters encounter cold soup on a rainy day, a hurricane, and a villain with a peg leg. For grades 4-7. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

BT           13468    REPTILE ROOM: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, BOOK 2      SNICKET, LEMONY          

After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf in The Bad Beginning (RC 50907), the Baudelaire orphans go to live with Uncle Monty, a kindly herpetologist. For a brief time they are happy, but then Count Olaf reappears. For grades 4-7. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13459    TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING    BLUME, JUDY    

Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother, Fudge, an ever- increasing problem as the child proceeds to get lost at the movies and eats Peter’s pet turtle. For grades 3-6. 1972. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13457    CORALINE           GAIMAN, NEIL  

While exploring her new home, Coraline goes through a doorway that shouldn’t be there into a dangerous world where she has a disturbingly different set of parents. Since this other mother kidnaps Coraline’s real parents, it is up to Coraline to rescue them and return to her world safely. For grades 4-7. 2002. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13490    IF I WERE AN OWL          

These sturdy board books have fun things to feel throughout! For preschool-grade 2.  Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. Copyright and publication date unknown.

BT           13493    LITTLES AND HOW THEY GROW DIPUCCHIO, KELLY          

A rhyming celebration of babies, or Littles, who are cared for by loved ones in every way and grow big in the blink of an eye. For preschool-grade 2. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.       

BT           13489    LITTLE QUACK COUNTS                  THOMPSON, LAUREN, 1962-       

Join Little Quack and his sister Widdle as they learn their numbers during their exciting adventure! Little Quack will melt readers’ hearts as he counts from one butterfly to five bees and then back down to one Mama Duck! This padded board book is a perfect format for preschoolers! For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13492    THAT’S NOT MY TRUCK     WATT, FIONA

This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches. For preschool-grade 2. 2008. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                

BT           13499    SHEEP GO TO SLEEP        SHAW, NANCY (NANCY E.)           

At the end of the day, tired sheep return to their shed but none can sleep until the collie arrives, giving a hug, a drink of water, and more until all have begun to snore. For preschool-grade 2. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE. Related names:  Apple, Margot, illustrator.           

BT           13501    DRAGONS IN A BAG        ELLIOTT, ZETTA 

Nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his Brooklyn apartment building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling. For grades 2-4. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13472    BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND: CREATING CURRENTS OF ELECTRICITY AND HOPE                KAMKWAMBA, WILLIAM, 1987-

Memoir of Malawi youth William, a school dropout who was inspired by a library book to build the first windmill in his village. Describes growing up on a farm without electricity, surviving famine, recycling scraps into a windmill to generate power, and inspiring others. Alex Award. For grades 2-4 and older. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13462    IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD AND OTHER WORRIES: POEMS FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS             VIORST, JUDITH

Forty-one poems about wishes and worries for everyone who has ever worried about anything. For grades 3-6. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13475    BLACK INVENTORS: 15 INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD               TRUSTY, KATHY

“Throughout history, Black inventors have achieved some of the world’s greatest advancements in science, technology, engineering, and math. This book highlights 15 men and women who made a big impact with their inventions–from Marie Van Brittan Brown, who created the first home security system, to Mark Dean, who invented the personal computer. Learn all about each inventor’s creative process, their invention, and the way it’s benefited our world.”–Publisher’s description. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.        

BT           13480    WHO IS STEVIE WONDER?            GIGLIOTTI, JIM 

Introduces the life and career of the musician, singer, and songwriter Stevie Wonder. For grades 4-7. Unrated.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13481    WHO IS MALALA YOUSAFZAI?    BROWN, DINAH

Introduces Malala Yousafzai, a girl who loved to learn but was told that girls would no longer be allowed to go to school. She wrote a blog that called attention to what was happening in her beautiful corner of Pakistan and realized that words can bring about change. She has continued to speak out for the right of all children to have an education, and in 2014 won the Nobel Peace Prize. For grades 4-7. Unrated. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                

BT           13496    SHAPES WITH LITTLE FISH             COUSINS, LUCY

Feel & learn about shapes with Little Fish! For preschool-grade 2.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                

BT           13491    DR. SEUSS’S ONE FISH, TWO FISH, THREE, FOUR, FIVE FISH!           SEUSS, DR.         

Children love counting with Dr. Seuss’s rhymes using the fun fish-shaped beads at the top of this book! For preschool-grade 2. 1960. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.   

The Many Faces of BARD Program: The NLS Braille E-Reader

Join the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) on Thursday, March 9, 2023, for the Many Faces of BARD program, featuring the new NLS Braille E-Reader. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. (Central) and lasts for one hour. NLS staff will provide an overview of both the Humanware and Zoomax braille e-readers, and then take questions from participants.

No registration is required.

Use this Zoom link to attend: https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1618927125?pwd=QUxvaG1hRnRQU2E3Y2MxK01zZUpjQT09

You can also call in by dialing 1-646-828-7666. The Meeting ID is 161 892 7125.

New Braille Books Added in June 2022

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13418    MOVIE STAR MYSTERY: BOXCAR CHILDREN #69              WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER, 1890-1979

When a famous movie star is filming nearby, lots of odd things start to happen. It’s another mystery for the Boxcar Children to solve! For grades 4-7. Unrated. 1999. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                               

BT           13419    AMUSEMENT PARK MYSTERY     WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER, 1890-1979        

The Aldens search for carousel horses that have disappeared from an amusement park. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 1992. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

BT           13420    LULU’S MYSTERIOUS MISSION   VIORST, JUDITH

When Lulu’s parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit. Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave, until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret. For grades 2-4. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                          

BT           13421    ERNIE’S LITTLE LIE            ELLIOTT, DAN    

What should Ernie do when all his Sesame Street friends think that he painted a picture which wasn’t really his? Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 1983. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                                                                                                                   

BT           13422    DON’T CRY BIG BIRD       ROBERTS, SARAH            

When Big Bird feels he’s too big to play with his Sesame Street friends, they put their heads together to solve the problem! Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 1981.  Related names: Children’s Television Workshop. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                                                                                                                               

BT           13423    ERNIE’S BIG MESS                   ROBERTS, SARAH     

Bert and Ernie argue over Ernie’s messiness, so Ernie looks for another place to live on Sesame Street. Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 1981. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                                                                                                                              

BT           13427    DANGER ON MIDNIGHT RIVER    PAULSEN, GARY

Twelve-year-old Daniel Martin is a slow learner who escapes his classmates’ cruel jokes by spending time in the outdoors. When a van crash plunges them into a river, Daniel could use his survival skills to save himself–or risk everything to try to rescue the bullies, too. For grades 6-9. Unrated. 2005. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                          

BT           13424    HERO TWO DOORS DOWN           ROBINSON, SHARON, 1950-        

Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited–and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2016.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                 

BT           13425    COOKCAMP       PAULSEN, GARY

1944. A young boy travels alone on the train from Chicago to northern Minnesota to stay with his Norwegian grandmother, who is the cook for a crew of road builders. The boy’s father is a soldier, and his mother has brought home a man she says is an uncle–but the boy knows better. Grandmother shows him how to help her in the cook trailer, and the large, loud men take him on their huge road-building machines. For grades 5-8. 1991. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                      

BT           13426    SAVING WINSLOW              CREECH, SHARON       

When his father brings home an ailing newborn donkey, Louie names the animal Winslow and decides to take care of him. But everyone worries that Winslow is not going to survive. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                 

BT           13428    CLASS CLOWN   HURWITZ, JOHANNA     

Lucas Cott, the most obstreperous boy in the third grade, finds it very hard to turn over a new leaf when he decides to become the perfect student. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 1987. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                

BT           13429    CLASS PRESIDENT             HURWITZ, JOHANNA     

The campaign is on for president of the fifth-grade class, and the leading contenders are Lucas Cott, the class clown, and Cricket Kaufman, who plans to be the first woman president of the nation. Julio Sanchez, who would love to run for the office but figures he has no chance of winning, is Lucas’s campaign manager. But when Julio shows his leadership abilities, a surprise is in the offing. For grades 3-6. 1990. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                 

BT           13430    BURTON AND DUDLEY    SHARMAT, MARJORIE WEINMAN            

Dudley Possum, who loves to walk, persuades his reluctant friend Burton Possum to join him for a hike. The hike proves to be a test for their friendship and reveals some surprise as well. For preschool-2 grade. 1975. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                                                                                                                                               

BT           13431    CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE           SELDEN, GEORGE, 1929-               

Befriended by a young man named Mario, a country cricket and his musical talent turn a newsstand in the Times Square subway station into a concert hall for commuters. For grades 3-6. 1960. Newbery Honor book 1961. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                

BT           13432    BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE             DICAMILLO, KATE            

Ten-year-old India Opal and her preacher dad move to a new town in Florida during the summer. Opal is lonely until she adopts a big stray dog she names Winn-Dixie. The two soon make friends with the local librarian, the pet store manager, and a nearly-blind elderly neighbor. For grades 3-6. 2000. Newbery Honor Book. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                             

BT           13434    BRIAN’S RETURN              PAULSEN, GARY

Back in society, going to school and trying to fit in, Brian savagely beats a bully who attacked him. With the help of Caleb, a blind counselor, Brian realizes that he needs to go where he belongs–in the wilderness again. Sequel to “The River” (RC 34751, BR 8844). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1999. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                 

BT           13441    BAD BEGINNING              SNICKET, LEMONY          

The Baudelaire siblings – Violet, fourteen; Klaus, twelve; and Sunny, a teething toddler – are charming and clever, but “magnets for misfortune.” In short order, they are orphaned, denied access to their inheritance until Violet comes of age, and sent to live with a repulsive relative, Count Olaf. For grades 4-7. Bestseller. 1999. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                          

BT           13433    RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE   DICAMILLO, KATE            

Raymie hopes that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home. As she practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds, she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur. For grades 4-7. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                          

BT           13435    CLEMENTINE      PENNYPACKER, SARA, 1951-       

Third-grader Clementine’s disastrous week includes cutting her fourth-grade friend Margaret’s long hair, chopping off her own hair, and frequenting the principal’s office. Her little brother is the easy child, while Clementine, the difficult child, fears that her parents want to get rid of her. For grades 2-4. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                

BT           13436    CHARLOTTE’S WEB           WHITE, E.B. (ELWYN BROOKS), 1899-1985             

A little girl who can talk with animals is devoted to Wilbur, the foolishly smug pig, and Charlotte, the beautiful gray spider who works to save Wilbur’s life. A sensitive story for children of all ages as well as adults. For grades 3-6. 1952. Newbery Honor book 1953. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                         

BT           13437    MUDSHARK        PAULSEN, GARY

Principal Wagner confidently deals with a faculty washroom crisis, a psychic parrot, and a terrorizing gerbil, but when all the classroom erasers disappear, he turns to the school’s best problem solver and locator of lost items, twelve-year-old Lyle Williams, aka Mudshark. For grades 3-6. 2009. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                         

BT           13438    CYBIL WAR          BYARS, BETSY CROMER 

Simon learns some hard lessons about friendship when his oldest friend lies about him to Cybil Ackerman, the girl Simon has loved since she stood up to the teacher for him in second grade. For grades 4-7. 1981. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                      

BT           13439    TIME HACKERS  PAULSEN, GARY

When someone uses futuristic technology to play pranks on twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman, he and his best friend set off on a supposedly impossible journey through space and time trying to stop the gamesters who are endangering the universe. Unrated. 2005. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                     

BT           13443    CLEMENTINE, FRIEND OF THE WEEK         PENNYPACKER, SARA, 1951-       

Clementine proudly announces to her family that she was picked Friend of the Week in her third-grade classroom.  But she gets sidetracked from her special duties after fighting with her best friend Margaret and losing her kitten, Moisturizer. Sequel to Clementine’s Letter (DB/RC 67134). For grades 2-4. 2010. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                          

BT           13445    HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY            PATRON, SUSAN             

Hard Pan, California: population forty-three. Convinced that her guardian, Brigitte, wants to return to France, ten-year-old Lucky Trimble runs away during a sandstorm with her dog, HMS Beagle. Lucky encounters her five-year-old neighbor Miles, and the three of them have an adventure. For grades 4-7. 2006. Newbery Medal Winner. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

JUVENILE NONFICTION                                                                                                               

BT           13442    WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS: THE POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN               SILVERSTEIN, SHEL     

A collection of 127 madcap poems. Subjects include acrobats, Band-Aids, dancing pants, and sleeping sardines. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 1974. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                         

BT           13444    DARE TO DREAM! TWENTY-FIVE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES                 HUMPHREY, SANDRA MCLEOD

Biographical sketches of people who showed moral, physical, or spiritual courage to achieve their goals. Profiles athletes, doctors, politicians, writers, lawyers, and entertainers including Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Vincent Peale, Maya Angelou, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ben Carson, Bill Cosby, and Sammy Sosa. For grades 5-8. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.                                                                                                                                                

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13440    CAPTIVE!             PAULSEN, GARY

Roman Sanchez must overcome his fear and lead the fight for freedom when he and his friends are held hostage in a remote mountain cabin. For senior high readers. 1995. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.                                                                                                          

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!