Wolfner :: Recommended Readings :: Youth Bibliographies :: Print/Braille


December 2013

To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail, or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC. Identification numbers for braille books begin with BR, large print books begin with LP, and audiobooks begin with DB. All audiobooks and selected braille books are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading. Happy Reading!
*Note* If you are looking for Print/Braille that is also a Board Book, go to the Board Books Bibliography.

Preschool to Grade 2

Are You My Mommy? by Mae Brown
The adventures of a baby duckling searching for its mother. Illustrated by Rebecca Elliott. Print/braille. 2010. BR 52001.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
Superhero Awesome Man can fly straight as an arrow, shoot positronic rays from his eyes, and hug mutant Jell-O. But he has something exciting to tell you: his secret identity! PRINT/BRAILLE. 2011. BR 20019.

Biscuit's Pet and Play Christmas by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Warm up with a woolly sweater and cozy up to Santa's fluffy beard as you join Biscuit in this Christmas touch-and-feel. Watercolors by Mary O'Keefe Young. Print/braille. 2006. BR 51995.

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby
On February 2, a groundhog named Brownie wakes up, sees her shadow, and is annoyed that she has to wait longer for spring. A small hungry fox sees Brownie and wants to eat her. But Brownie outsmarts the fox and the two become friends. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2011. BR 20018.

Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt
A child describes living sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father--but always with her dog. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2007. BR 17042.

How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer
A book about how much we love our little ones. Illustrated by Caroline Janye Church. Print/braille. 2009. BR 51989.

Jack's Talent by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
On the first day of school, as the children in Miss Lucinda's class introduce themselves and name their special talent, Jack wonders if he is good at anything. Show Me Award Nominees : 2009-2010. 2009. BR 51551.

Maisy Goes to the Hospital by Lucy Cousins
When Maisy the mouse bounces too high on a trampoline and hurts her leg, she visits a hospital for the first time. There, Dr. Duck and Nurse Comfort take good care of her. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2007. BR 17332.

Mama's Right Here by Liza Baker
Wherever you go, whatever you do, Mama's love will be with you! Illustrated by David McPhail. Print/braille. 2009. BR 51990.

Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself. But various other animals including a skunk come to join him. A story in rhyme. PRINT/BRAILLE. Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. 2006. BR 17020.

A Panda's World by Caroline Arnold
Follows a baby giant panda and his mother for eighteen months in their natural habitat in China. Describes the newborn's appearance, appetite, and movements. Traces his rapid growth from skills development to independence. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2006. BR 17030.

The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine
On Chinese New Year's Eve, Ming trades eggs for a rusted wok that sings to him. His mother is unhappy until she realizes the singing wok is magic--and brings more than enough food, toys, and coins to share with other poor families. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2011. BR 20017.

Sadie Can Count: A Multi-Sensory Book by Ann Cunningham
Join Sadie as she explores her world and counts everyday objects along the way. Large Print/Uncontracted Braille. Tactile. 2006. BR 51705.

Scat, Cat! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
A lost and lonely cat finally finds its way back home. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. A My First I Can Read book. 2010. BR 52126.

Snip Snap! What's That? by Mara Bergman
Three children are very scared when they hear an alligator creeping up the stairs, snipping and snapping with his big teeth. Whatever will they do? PRINT/BRAILLE. 2005. BR 17013.

Some Dog! by Mary Casanova
A stray dog moves into George's formerly peaceful home, dazzling the man and woman of the house with lively tricks and antics that just leave George exhausted. Illustrated by Ard Hoyt. Show-Me Award nominee, 2009-2010. 2009. BR 55155.

Where Is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Discover all the wonderful places where love can be found in this delightful touch-and-feel adventure! Print/braille. 2009. BR 51994.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
When Jim's father takes him to school for the first time, Jim wonders whether he will make a new friend. His dad thinks he will, but Jim is not sure until Paul shares his tiny truck with him in the afternoon. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2009. BR 18026.

Kindergarten to Grade 3

And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner
When autumn chills the air and crunchy leaves fall from trees, it is time to prepare for Halloween: decorating the house, carving pumpkins, and making costumes. Finally you go trick-or-treating with your friends and share the spooky fun. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2009. BR 19024.

Baltimore Orioles by Barbara Brenner
A simply-written text describes a pair of Baltimore orioles as they court and mate, build a nest to raise a family, leave the nest to fly south for winter, then return the following spring to raise another family. 2011. BR 2976.

By My Brother's Side by Tiki Barber, Ronde Baarber, and Robert Burleigh
Twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber are professional football players who recall a childhood bicycle accident and knee injury that kept Tiki out of sports for a long time. Tiki says his mother's support and his brother's encouragement brought him back to the playing field. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2004. BR 16027.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow, where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse. Uncontracted braille with print and no pictures. 1978. BR 51790.

Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones
When clever Aunt Ant moves to the zoo, she describes the quirky animal behavior she observes by speaking in homophones, from the moose who loved mousse to the fox who blew blue bubbles. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2007. BR 51833.

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
When Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, he holds an election to take over. Duck's political ambitions eventually win him the presidency but not happiness. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2004. BR 16012.

The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story by Rudolfo A. Anaya
When Jade offers food to the Mountain Spirit and asks him for rain, he responds with a gift--the first corn for the Mexican people. Returning home, she plants some corn and after crushing the kernels, cooks the first tortilla. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2007. Br 17045.

Good Enough to Eat by Brock Cole
When a mean ogre demands a fair maiden or else he will destroy the town, the citizens quickly choose an orphan beggar girl. But the girl manages to outwit both the ogre and the townspeople. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2007. BR 18004.

Guji Guji by Zhiyuan Chen
Mother Duck's eggs hatch into three regular ducklings and a rather odd-looking one, Guji Guji. But the mother treats and loves them all the same. When three grown crocodiles arrive to tell Guji Guji his real identity, they test his family loyalty. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2003. BR 16013.

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
A fly was flying. He was looking for something to eat. Something tasty. Something slimy. A boy was walking. He was looking for something to catch. Something smart. Something for The Amazing Pet Show. The boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Contracted and uncontracted braille in one volume. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2005. BR 51831.

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia
Examines old folk cures for coughs, wounds, stomachaches, and other common ailments, such as the use of live frogs to treat sore throats in Medieval Europe. Presents multiple possible remedies for eight illnesses then explains why each would--or would not--actually work. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2010. BR 19050.

I Know Here by Laurel Croza
To prepare for moving far away, a third-grade girl draws a picture of all the things she likes in her rural Saskatchewan home--the dirt road, trailers, river, beaver dam, frogs, and forest animals--then folds it up to take with her when she leaves for Toronto. PRINT/BRAILLE. Globe-Horn Bk Award. 2010. BR 19047.

Knockin' on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates by Lynne Barasch
Biography of world famous African American tap dancer who had only one leg. Tells about Clayton Bates's unstoppable love of dancing, his accident in 1919 at age twelve, and the wooden leg his uncle whittled for him--the peg leg that became his nickname. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2004. BR 16031.

My Pal, Victor/Mi Amigo, Victor by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Dominic talks about the activities he enjoys with his best friend Victor: jokes and stories, sleepovers, rides at the amusement park, swimming. Only the ending reveals that Victor uses a wheelchair. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. PRINT/BRAILLE. Schneider Family Book Award. 2004. BR 16022.

Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol by Monica Brown
Biography of Pelé, who, as a poor child in Brazil, made an unlikely promise to his father, later leading the country to three World Cup victories and scoring over a thousand goals in his remarkable soccer career. PRINT/BRAILLE. English/Spanish language. 2009.
BR 19040.

Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper by Julie Cummins
Recounts the short career of Sam Patch (1807-1829), who combined his skills as a natural-born jumper and expert swimmer to successfully leap 120 feet into Niagara Falls, but who failed a 125-foot jump on Friday, November 13, 1829, at Genesee Falls. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2009. BR 19023

Terrific by Jon Agee
Eugene, a grumpy old man who mutters a sarcastic "terrific" to everything, is shipwrecked on an island. A talking parrot befriends him, helps him get off the island, and changes the way Eugene says his favorite word. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2005. BR 16049.

The Ugly Duckling by Sebastien Braun and Hans Christian Andersen
A mother duck hatches her own three small eggs--and a larger one containing an ugly duckling that she promises to love. But the ugly duckling runs away and hides all winter until a swan finds him. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2010. BR 19021.

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Young Violet's only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble. Show Me Award nominee, 2010-2011. 2008. BR 53610.

Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
In art class, neatness, conformity, and imitation are encouraged, but when Willow brings imagination and creativity to her projects, even straight-laced Miss Hawthorn is influenced. Show Me award nominee, 2010-2011. 2008. BR 53601.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins
Classic fairy tales retold succinctly for a younger audience while maintaining the spirit of the originals. In one, a hunter chops open a wolf to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, who then celebrate their freedom. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2009. BR 19011.

Grades 2 to 4

Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival by Arlene Chan
Explains the historical significance of the dragon in Chinese culture, describes the atmosphere of the annual rainmaking celebration, and discusses the traditions still present in the modern-day sport of dragon boat racing. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2004.
BR 16025.

Barack Obama: Out of Many, One by Shana Corey
An easy reader biography of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Print/braille. 2009. BR 52012.

Django by Bonnie Christensen
Free-verse portrait of world-acclaimed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), from his birth in a poor gypsy camp to his stardom on the stages of Paris. Describes Django learning to play the guitar again after badly burning his left hand. PRINT/BRAILLE. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009. BR 19012.

The Goat Lady by Jane Bregoli
Massachusetts. A young girl recalls an elderly French Canadian woman who lived in a run-down house with an unkempt yard full of goats and farm animals. Describes the goat lady's life and recounts the way the townspeople came to appreciate her. PRINT/BRAILLE. ASPCA Children's Book Award. 2004. BR 17007.

Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
Discusses inventions of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) that are still in use today, such as bifocal glasses, lightning rods, rocking chairs, and flippers for swimming. Mentions Franklin's establishment of public services like libraries and his written documents, including the Declaration of Independence. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2006. BR 17002.

Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
The second astronaut to set foot on the moon recalls events in his life. Discusses the character traits that helped him participate in the space program. Describes his feelings about being on the first mission to the moon. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2005. BR 16359.

The Song within My Heart by Dave Bouchard
A Native American grandmother's explanation to her young grandson of the meaning of the pow-wow. In poetic form. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2002. BR 15050.

Titanicat by Marty Crisp
A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titantic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship's cat on board, he leaves to search for her. Illustrated by Robert Papp. Show Me award nominee, 2010-2011. Braille added by Wolfner volunteers. 2008. BR 53608.

Grades 3 to 6

Across a Dark and Wild Sea by Don Brown
Tells the story of St. Columcille, a sixth-century Irish monk and scribe who instigated a terrible battle between Irish clans in his efforts to keep learning and scholarship alive during the Dark Ages. Print/Braille. 2002. BR 50795.

Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines by Caroline Arnold
Introduces the science of avian flight. Describes the flight anatomy of a wide variety of birds--their skeletons, wings, and feathers. Explains the mechanics of taking off, flapping, gliding, hovering, steering, and landing. Considers birds that cannot fly and some other animals that can. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2003. BR 15554.

Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee
Describes the planning, construction difficulties, and history of the Brooklyn Bridge. When it was completed in 1883, it was considered a marvel of steel technology. It remains "the grandest, perhaps most important, structure built in America during the nineteenth century." PRINT/BRAILLE. 2001. BR 14028.

The Hero and the Minotaur: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus by Robert Byrd
Retells Greek myths of Theseus, the heroic prince who sought adventures and defeated monsters. Includes the tales of Ariadne helping Theseus escape the labyrinth after he killed the Minotaur, of Daedalus and Icarus's flight, and of Theseus neglecting to change his ship's black sails. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2005. BR 17008.

A Movie in My Pillow: Poems/Una Pelicula en Mi Almohada by Jorge Argueta
A collection of bilingual poems expressing the feelings of a young boy who moves from El Salvador to California because of civil war. English/Spanish language. PRINT/BRAILLE. Américas Award. 2001. BR 14040.