ReadBooks! Program

Date Posted: 04/27/2018

National Braille Press is distributing attractive braille book bags to families with blind and visually impaired children, ages birth to seven, across the U.S. and Canada. The distribution process is a collaborative effort with educators and early intervention professionals. Note: Limited to one braille book bag per blind child.

Watch the ReadBooks! video

Program Objectives
  • To foster a love of books and reading at an early age;
  • To support families of preschool blind children and help them spread the word that braille is an effective method of reading and writing;
  • To introduce visually impaired children to a means of independent reading;
  • To help parents learn "just enough" braille to assist their child as they grow;
  • To give parents the knowledge and language they need to advocate for braille instruction when their blind child enters school;
  • To promote an early expectation of personal achievement through literacy.

Braille Bags Contain:
  • Braille Book Bags
  • An age-appropriate print/braille book for three age groups: birth-3, 4-5, and 6-7 in English or Spanish;
  • An order form for a free braille primer for sighted parents entitled Just Enough to Know Better;
  • A tactile ball (red bags only);
  • Print/braille alphabet card;
  • Because Books Matter, a guide for parents on why and how to read books with their young blind child;
  • A tactile graphic or flag;
  • Wikki Stix, a product that allows a child to make tactile pictures (blue or green bags only);
  • A gift coupon redeemable for another print/braille book or braille/large print playing cards;
  • Tactile Alphabet Letter sheets, showing upper- and lowercase print letters in raised-line format (blue bags only), and Tactile Number sheets (green bags only);
  • A Braille Caravan block.

Who Can Participate?
Anyone who knows, works with, or cares for a blind child, aged birth to seven, can participate in the program.

Parents or caregivers can find more information here.

Teachers or agency professionals can find more information here.

SPECIAL THANKS to those whose support makes this program possible:
Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc.
BNY Mellon/Arthur F. Blanchard Trust
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
Helen Brach Foundation
Costco Wholesale
Sarah O'Brien Trust
St. Vincent de Paul Foundation
Boston Center for Blind Children
Elder Foundation
Foundation M
Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation
Thomas Anthony Pappas Foundation
Marion Decrow Foundation
Laura J. Niles Foundation
Delta Gamma Foundation
Moses Kimball Fund
Bushrod Campbell and Adah Hall Charity Fund
TJX Foundation

Contact: Kesel Wilson

Phone: (617) 266-6160 ext. 413



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