Sources for Accessible Books: Empowering Your Child’s Reading Journey
Reading opens doors to imagination, knowledge, and endless possibilities. For children with visual impairments, accessible books are essential tools to explore this wonderful world of words and stories. To support your child’s reading journey, we have compiled a list of valuable resources that provide different kinds of accessible books. Whether you’re looking for free options or are willing to invest in a membership, these websites offer a wide range of accessible books to enrich your child’s literary experience.
Bookshare is a fantastic resource for accessible books. It offers a vast collection of titles for children with disabilities and supports multiple reading formats, including Braille.
Hoopla is a digital library service that provides access to audiobooks, eBooks, comics, music, and more. Check with your local library to see if they offer Hoopla access.
Learning Ally is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible audiobooks for students with disabilities, including those who are blind or visually impaired.
Librivox offers a vast collection of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers from around the world. It’s a great resource for classic literature.
Lit2Go, provided by the University of South Florida, offers a wide range of free audiobooks, stories, and poems for educational purposes.
ManyBooks is a digital library that offers a diverse selection of free eBooks, including accessible formats.
National Library Service
The National Library Service offers free braille and talking book services through a network of cooperating libraries. Eligible individuals can receive accessible books and magazines through mail or download.
Project Gutenberg provides over 60,000 free eBooks, including many classics. These books are available in various accessible formats.
Vegas PBS Special Needs Resource Library
The Vegas PBS Special Needs Resource Library offers a range of resources, including accessible books and media, to support children with special needs.
In addition to these digital resources, there are also organizations that provide free and low-cost hard-copy Braille books for children with visual impairments. These organizations can be invaluable in building a physical library for your child:
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Telephone: (410) 659-9315
The American Printing House for the Blind
Telephone: (502) 895-2405 or (800) 223-1839
The Braille Institute of America, Inc.
Telephone: (323) 663-1111 or (800) 272-4553
Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc.
Telephone: (608) 233-0222
Beulah Reimer Legacy
Telephone: (515) 282-0049
Christian Record Services
Telephone: (402) 488-0981
Future Aids: The Braille Super Store
A Division of MarvelSoft Enterprises Inc.
Telephone: (800) 987-1231
I Read I See (IRIS) Lending Library for the Blind, Inc.
Telephone: (888) 215-2455
Islam By Touch
These resources aim to make literature accessible and enjoyable for children with visual impairments. You can explore these websites and organizations to find books that match your child’s interests. Remember that every child is unique, and finding the right books can be a delightful adventure that fosters a lifelong love of reading.
We hope these accessible book sources provide your child with countless opportunities to explore new worlds, learn, and grow through the power of literature. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Together, we can nurture your child’s reading journey and help them thrive in the world of words.