Braille Monitor                                                April 2013

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Read Across America 2013

Each year an event called “Read Across America” is conducted near the time of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In 2013 it was held on March 2, and, as part of the nationwide event to highlight literacy, the National Federation of the Blind participated by highlighting Braille. For this event a special poem was written by the participants in the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program seminar:

Dale, Gale, and Their Braille Tale

by the NFB BELL Team

Jesse Hartle reads with his two-year-old daughter, Kayla. You’re never too young to appreciate Braille.I am Dale and I read Braille.
I am Gale. What is Braille?

Braille is dots, lots and lots.
Each dot has its special spot.

“Why read Braille?” inquires Gale.
“I’d rather climb a mountain trail.

Dale, these dots are hard to see.
Large print is fine, so let me be.”

“I do not have vision, Gale.
That is why I must read Braille.”

“Would you read Braille here or there?”
“I could read Braille anywhere.
O dear Gale, I love my Braille.”

“Would you read it in a house?
Would you read it to a mouse?”

“I do read it in my house.
I do read it to my mouse.

Adhithi Baskar soaks up the sun as she reads her Braille book.I do read Braille here and there.
I do read Braille anywhere.
O dear Gale, I love my Braille.”

“How about that silly print?
Could you read it in a tent?

Could you read it in the night?
Could you read it without light?”

“I could read Braille at the park!
I could read Braille in the dark!
I do read Braille here and there.
I do read Braille anywhere.
O dear Gale, I love my Braille!”

“Would you read Braille in a box?
Would you teach Braille to a fox?”

“I could read Braille in a box.
I couldn’t teach Braille to a fox.”

“Why can’t you teach it to a fox?”
“He couldn’t feel it through his socks.

I could teach it to a girl.
Hey, look at that, there goes a squirrel.

Marcus Lewis investigates the metal Braille strip on the sign in a local Louisiana playground. The sign shows the alphabet and the words “I feel good” in both Braille and large-print letters.We could read it in a tree.
You could read Braille, don’t you see?

I do read Braille here and there.
I do read Braille anywhere.
O dear Gale, I love my Braille!”

“My darling Dale, I think I see.
Won’t you teach that Braille to me!

They tried to teach me in the school.
But I told them it wasn’t cool.

But I was wrong and don’t want to fail!
I think it’s time I learned my Braille!

We do read Braille here and there!
We do read Braille anywhere!

Bumps and dots are cool to read.
With this Braille we will succeed!”

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