Imagination Library offering free books for blind children

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Selected Imagination Library books are now available free of charge in print/Braille format.

By enrolling in the Braille Tales Print/Braille Book Program, participating families receive six free print/Braille books each year until the child reaches his/her 6th birthday. To be eligible for the program, you or your child must meet the definition of blindness.

Carroll County Youth Literacy Rotary Foundation (CCYLRF), American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and the Dollywood Foundation (DPIL) jointly have expanded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“I am so excited that we can now bring the same joy to kids who may have some trouble seeing but have no trouble in believing that all of their dreams can come true,” Parton said.

Braille Tales Print/Braille books are uniquely designed to engage both the blind or visually impaired parent or child and their sighted family members in reading. 

The program helps children learn Braille early and fall in love with reading, develops pre-literacy skills like tracing Braille and proper book orientation and builds accessible in-home libraries for young, emerging braille readers. 

For more information (in English or Spanish) and to register a child online, visit www.aph.org/kids-with-vision-loss/braille-tales/ or call American Printing House for the Blind at 888.295.2405, email brailletales@aph.org or contact the Carroll County Youth Literacy Rotary Foundation at 479-244-9595

Thanks to the APH/DPIL partnership and the support of Penguin Group USA, the Accessible Books website offers a growing collection of audio files of Imagination Library books available as free downloads.

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