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Braille Storybook Resources

Free Books

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)
Free Braille Books Program
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9315, extension 2287
Fax: (410) 685-2340
Email: actionfund@actionfund.org
Website: http://www.actionfund.org
Selected popular children’s reading series (currently the Pete the Cat series by James Dean and the 39 Clues series) are available free to blind children, teachers, libraries, etc. The books are mailed out every month so that blind children can have them at the same time that sighted children can buy the books in the bookstore.  Apply for the program online here or print the application (Word) to return by mail.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
1839 Frankfort Avenue, P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky  40206
Phone: (502) 895-2405 * Toll Free: (800) 223-1839 (U.S. & Canada) *
Fax: (502) 899-2284
Email: info@aph.org
Website: http://www.aph.org
Braille Tales Print/Braille Program. Participating families receive six free print/braille books per year up to the child’s 6th birthday. You or your child must meet the definition of blindness, be 5 years of age or under, and live in the U.S. or its outlying areas (American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029
Phone: (323) 663-1111 * Toll Free: (800) 272-4553
Email: ums@brailleinstitute.org
Website: http://www.brailleinstitute.org
Offers children ages 3-18 a variety of books of which they may select four titles three times a year. Dots for Tots and TacTales are programs offered for blind toddlers.

Seeing Hands
P.O. Box 46374
Minneapolis, MN 55446
Phone: (763) 404-2675
Email: info@seeinghands.org
All books in collection available on loan free of charge. Organization also offers a free Braille book to participants on their birthday!

Temple Beth El Sisterhood Braille Bindery Volunteers
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
Phone: (248) 851-1100, extension 3129
Fax: (248) 851-1187
Email: asmandel1@sbcglobal.net
Website:  http://www.tbeonline.org
The Temple Beth El Sisterhood Braille Bindery Volunteers transcribe, emboss, and bind Braille books for blind children. They have over 1,000 books available in Braille. They do not charge for their services. However, donations are accepted, and they will do a paper exchange if children are in schools that can provide Braille paper.

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Lending Library Services

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)
Kenneth Jernigan Lending Library Service
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, California 91356
Phone: (818) 343-3219
Email: action@actionfund.org
Website: http://www.actionfund.org
Services are available to blind individuals and schools. Books are available in two distinct formats: Twin Vision® or Braille. Twin Vision®books contain adjacent pages of print and Braille, making it the ideal form for sighted or blind teachers and parents. Many of the Twin Vision® books contain colorful pictures in print, which can be equally enjoyed by sighted children with blind parents or students with limited vision. The Library has more than 14,000 Braille books. Apply online at https://actionfund.org/kenneth-jernigan-library.

Braille Library and Transcribing Services, Inc.
517 N. Segoe Road, #200
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Phone: (608) 233-0222 
Fax: (608) 233-0249
Email:  office.blts@tds.net
Website: http://www.bltsinc.org
Holds over 2,000 titles for children and adults, and the collection is always being enlarged and updated. There is no charge for borrowing books; just get in touch with your name and contact information and they will get you started. Everyone receives an annual list of the year's new books at the beginning of the year, in braille or print, according to your stated preference when you sign up. (60 day lending)

Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Library for the Blind
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4G 3E8
Phone: (416) 486-2500, ext. 7520 * Toll-Free: 1-800-268-8818
Fax: 416-480-7700
Email: library@cnib.ca
Website: http://www.cnib.ca
Library services for blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind Canadians of all ages. Offers Braille, large print, and a variety of other access technologies.

Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68516
Phone: (402) 488-0981
Fax: (402) 488-7582
Email: info@christianrecord.org
Offer 415 Braille titles and 1623 audio tape titles ranging from fiction, adventure, Bible and non-fiction, covering all reading levels. (30 day lending)

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
1291 Taylor Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20542-0002
Phone: (202) 707-5100 * Toll Free (800) 424-8567
Fax: (202) 707-0712
Email: nls@loc.gov
Website: http://www.loc.gov/nls
Primary source of Braille and recorded books and magazines for the blind. Books are loaned through a national network of regional and sub-regional libraries for the blind and physically handicapped. Catalogs of Braille books for children, youth, and adults are available. NLS also coordinates Web Braille for patrons of the regional and sub-regional libraries. This program provides electronic files of Braille books that can be downloaded for display or embossing. Contact the Washington, DC, office for the location of the library for the blind that serves your area.
** There are two search options. The first allows you to perform a search similar to one you would find in any public library, i.e. keywords, author, title etc. The second is an area search to find a library in your state or region that serves blind readers.

"Very Bumpy Stories" Volunteer Braille Services
1710 Douglas Drive
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55422
Phone: (763) 544-2880
Email: vbsmn@vbsmn.org
Website: http://www.vbsmn.org
Print/Braille books for young readers. The program is open to all individuals and schools districts throughout the United States. A membership is required for the lending library and is $10 per year for individuals and $25 per year for schools.

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Books for Sale

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
Phone: (502) 895-2405 * Toll Free: (800) 223-1839 (US & Canada)
Fax: (502) 899-2274
Email: info@aph.org
Website: http://www.aph.org
Offers a limited number of Braille books from kindergarten to adult reading level. Free catalogs available upon request. Maintains the Louis Data Base of Accessible Material for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired.
** APH offers many services and products. To search for books, the simplest method is to select the “Louis” search. From there, click on “Search for Textbooks, Recreational Reading, and Downloadable Files” Now you have the option of putting in a keyword or entering the ISBN number. If you know the book title, enter it here. If you simply want to browse all titles, (though tedious) start at the beginning of the alphabet and in the search field enter “A”.

Beulah Reimer Legacy (BRL)
April Enderton
7758 SE 36th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
Phone: (515) 282-0049
Email: endertona@wildblue.net
Website: http://www.beulahreimerlegacy.com
Beulah Reimer Legacy sells print/Braille children's picture books at an affordable cost. BRL's mission is to increase Braille literacy and reading opportunities by placing Braille in the hands of eager readers. All of their books are in contracted Braille.

Future Aids - The Braille Superstore
33222 Lynn Avenue
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 1C9
CANADA
Toll Free: (800) 987-1231 * Toll Free Fax (800) 985-1231
International: 1 (604) 852-6341
Fax: 1 (250) 483-1590
Email: info@braillebookstore.com
Website: http://www.braillebookstore.com
Offers an extensive collection of Braille and print/Braille books for all age categories.

National Braille Press (NBP)
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: (617) 266-6160 * Toll Free (888) 965-8965
Fax: (617) 437-0456
Email: contact@nbp.org
Website: http://www.nbp.org
NBP offers a Braille Book-of-the-Month club for young readers. The subscription is $100/year for 12 books. (sign up as a trial to get notices on titles) NBP also offers other Braille books for all age groups, and a Braille manual, Just Enough to Know Better, for parents who wish to learn Braille. Check the website or call for a free catalog.

Perkins Solutions
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 972-7308  Toll Free: (855) 206-8353
Fax: (617) 926-2027
Email: solutions@perkins.org
Website: http://www.perkinsproducts.org
The Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program® is designed for low-vision and blind children ages 0-8. Included in the kit are three packets, each with an interrelated storybook, activity guide and cassette. In addition, there is a guide to additional resources, a story box and a Gund stuffed panda with a backpack that can hold a tape player. The storybooks all have uncontracted (beginning-stage) Braille, large print, and high-contrast illustrations. The cost for this kit is $59.00

Seedlings: Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, Michigan 48151-5924
Phone: (734) 427-8552 * Toll Free (800) 777-8552
Fax: (734) 427-8552
Email: info@seedlings.org
Website: http://www.seedlings.org
Offers print-Braille-and-picture books, print-and-Braille books, uncontracted Braille books, and Braille books for ages up to 14. Free catalog upon request.

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