World Braille Day and Louis Braille’s birthday on January 4th!

January 4th was World Braille Day. World Braille Day is celebrated around the world every year on January 4th, which is also the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the braille language.

Why is World Braille Day important? It raises the awareness of the importance of braille in education, communication, and social inclusion.

What is Braille? A system of writing used by and for blind persons and consisting of a code of 63 characters, each made up of one to six raised dots arranged in a six-position matrix or cell

Who was Louis Braille? Louis Braille was a French educator, catholic priest and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille.

We have an amazing collection of braille books, Louis Braille and other famous inspiring people – both in fiction and real life that changed the world, despite being blind.

Enjoy!

Braille Books.

Counting.

Learn how to count to 10 with DK Braille Counting. Designed especially for visually-impaired pre-school children and their parents, this touch-and-feel book takes readers through a collection of tactile objects made in all sorts of exciting textures, including silky flowers, crackly leaves, and sticky worms. Each image is also printed in high-contrast colours to engage partially-sighted readers, while the rhyming counting story is printed in both braille and clear printed text to suit the needs of every child and parent. Fully endorsed by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), DK Braille Counting is a wonderful book for learning to count with braille.


It can’t be true.

A fascinating collection of tactile comparisons reveals astonishing facts about the world around us.


The black book of colours.

Thomas can’t see colours, but he can hear them and smell them and touch them and taste them. Now you can try to see the world the way Thomas sees.


Animals : knowledge you can touch.

Discover the amazing world of animals with DK Braille Animals. Designed especially for the young braille reader, this tactile reference book features over 30 pages of entries on a fascinating selection of creatures, from bears and big cats to birds and bugs.


Louis Braille.

Six dots : a story of young Louis Braille.

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet — a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.


Helen Keller.

Helen Keller.

The fascinating life of one of the most popular historical figures is told through images — most rarely, if ever, seen — from the American Foundation for the Blind and The Perkins School for the Blind. The images trace Keller’s life from birth, to childhood with Annie Sullivan in the cottage, to college, and on to her many years as a dedicated social activist and spokesperson.


An inspiring read…

Footsteps through the fog.

When Anthea and her brothers and sisters walk down to the sea, a thick fog rolls in. It’s up to Anthea, who is blind, to lead her family to safety.

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

August Pullman has a facial deformity that has meant that he has been home schooled. This is all about to change as his parents have enrolled him in a main stream school where he has to work hard to be accepted. This story is heart-warming as it is about a boy’s struggle to make true friends and to overcome the fact that he is different to his peers. It is a sad and happy story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Amelie: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I liked wonder because it tort you just to be unique and believe yourself I recommend this book 8+

4 stars

Reviewed by Amelie from Miramar and Seatoun School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

Wonder is about a boy called August who has a facial deformity. He was home schooled but his parents decide that it is time for him to go to a real school with other children. This book is about August’s struggle for acceptance and true friendship. I really enjoyed this book-I found it hard to put down.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I thought it was an amazing book since it informs people about the life challenges that disabled children face. I understand the difficulties disabled children have face. It also gave me a better understanding of the life disabled kids experience.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Tawa and Tawa Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Casper: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

This book was a positive, immersive and Creative book. This book was a wonder to read! It includes a detailed showing of auggies life as well as painting the picture of his disability.

5 stars

Reviewed by Casper from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I really liked this book. It is about a boy who has face deformities. He has been home schooled his whole life, but then he goes to middle school. I reccomend this book. 4 stars.

4 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old