Free Braille Books for Children 

Child reads braille with pointer fingers

APH ConnectCenter For Families is on a mission to make obtaining braille books easier. We’ve compiled a list of organizations offering free braille books or materials for children in the United States and Canada.  

Braille Tales 

APH partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library offering free books to children under six years old. We love how Braille Tales provides access to books with print and braille. Did you know:  

• About 10,000 books are mailed to children annually. 

• Braille Tales incorporates at least one bilingual Spanish/English book annually. 

• US territories are represented—books are shipped to American Samoa and Puerto Rico.​ 

• Hawaii is currently the only state without subscribers. 

  Registering your child to participate in the Braille Tales program is easy! Click here to submit your information to receive your free books.  

 To further support your child’s engagement with the books they receive, make corresponding story boxes using items around your house. 

  

APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Audio Books 

  

APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Audio Book program now offers APH-recorded Braille Tales books available here using free playback equipment loaned to eligible individuals through the National Library Service (NLS) Talking Book program. 

 Register your child with the National Library Service (NLS) to access the audiobooks. Registration requires completing a printable application, obtaining a teacher’s signature, and providing eligibility confirmation from an eye care professional or therapist. You can mail the forms to a local network library to finalize the process.  

 Stay tuned as we continue to develop APH and Dolly Parton Imagination Library collaborations! 

Seedlings Braille Books for Children  

​​Seedlings has given thousands of children who are blind or low vision access to popular literature! Seedlings contributes to literacy by providing children who are blind or low vision equal opportunity to develop the love of reading. 

Seedings Revised Book Angel Program (BAP) has sent children over 83,000 free braille books since 2002! Every child (0-21) who is blind or low vision in the U.S. and Canada can now receive five free braille books per calendar year. 

To order, browse the Seedlings catalog and add six books to the cart, not including 3- and 4-volume books; five will be sent. Follow the detailed instructions to order online. Alternatively, paper registration forms can be found here

American Action Fund- Braille Books Program 

Since 1997, over 330 titles from popular children’s reading series have been distributed to thousands of blind children. Last year, the program provided over 45,000 braille books to blind/low-vision children and classrooms nationwide. The Braille Book Program allows children who are braille readers to discuss the latest book or magazine with their classmates. This is a great way for your child to build their braille library just like their peers.  

Your child can receive a free braille book monthly from the Braille Books Program.  

Applicants must be blind or low vision and be a braille reader. Register here. 

Braille Institute- The Braille Special Collection 

The Braille Special Collection program provides up to four books a year to children who are blind or low vision living in the United States or Canada and TVIs. The program is intended to increase braille literacy and foster a love for reading.   

CVI Book Nook 

CVI Book Nook creates materials for students with cortical visual impairment (CVI) or low vision. They provide PowerPoints of book pages for download, which can then be customized to your child’s unique needs. Parents or teachers can add specific photos and change the background font size or color. CVI Book Nook has a book, “What’s Your Story?” that allows you to create a book all about your child, including a page “about you” where the child’s strengths, hobbies, achievements, and dreams are shared, and a page for information about the child’s eye condition. This is a great book to prepare for new teachers or to share at an IEP meeting.   

The CVI Book Nook also has books that explore letters, numbers, seasons, calendars, animals, food, and nursery rhymes. There are books for concepts such as stop-go, hot-cold-warm, fast-slow, above-below, left-right, and many more. Books are made to take you on an adventure, and discovering CVI Book Nook adventure books are the perfect place to start with fun, engaging stories that can be personalized to your child’s needs and adventures.  

To discover the many books you can customize for your child, head to CVI Book Nook

National Braille Press- The ReadBooks! Program 

ReadBooks! is a national children’s braille literacy program encouraging families with blind children to read print/braille books together. Children who are blind/ low vision from birth to seven years of age are eligible to receive National Braille Press beginning braille materials. The materials are distributed in collaboration with Early Intervention professionals and educators in the U.S. and Canada. You can request one bag for every blind child in your family! 

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled- Braille-on-Demand 

Registered NLS users can request up to five hardcopy braille books per month—to keep! Titles are limited to books available on BARD. Simply complete and submit the NLS Braille on Demand Request Form; contact brailleondemand@loc.gov if you have any questions. Note that books are braille only, not print/braille.  

Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop 

The Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop provides free, handmade braille materials assembled by volunteers at Oakmont Village, an active adult community in Santa Rosa, California. These learning materials are for those who work with children who are blind or low vision. The learning materials are designed to teach concepts such as letters, numbers, punctuation, shapes, simple comparisons, complex concepts, counting cards, and more. Browse the catalog or print off their order form.  

American Action Fund- Share Braille 

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults promotes braille literacy and increases the life of braille materials. Their free, online service facilitates the exchange of braille books. The online community-run library allows registrants the opportunity to share their braille materials as well as request braille materials free of charge. Once a year they offer a Braille Book Fair which occurs during the National Federation for the Blind’s National Convention. This event is highly anticipated and a great way to pass along braille materials while discovering new braille needs. 

After registering and logging in, you can share your own braille books or browse the growing catalog.  

Temple Beth El Braille Bindery 

Temple Beth El Braille Bindery volunteers type, bind, and distribute reading materials in braille. Click here to learn what books they have available; search by grades (through 8th), early reading, uncontracted braille, and contracted braille.  

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