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Braille & Talking Book Program | Latest Books

Latest Books

New braille books added to the South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Program Collection. You may also request these titles online through our online catalog.

You may also request these titles online through our online catalog or contact the library by e-mail

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April, 2013

Book cover of Double Identity used with permission from Double Identity
Margaret Peterson Haddix
As Bethany approaches her thirteenth birthday, her parents act more oddly than usual. Her mother cries constantly, and her father barely lets Bethany out of his sight. She's worried her mom and dad are running from some kind of trouble, but she can't find out because they won't tell her where they are going. Grades 4-7

Wendy Mass
After her twelfth birthday, Rory checks off a list of things she is finally allowed to do, but unexpected consequences interfere with her involvement in the movie being shot at her school, while a weird prediction starts to make sense. Grades 4-7

Running with the Reservoir Pups
Colin Bateman
Eddie has a bad habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Otherwise, he never would have gotten mixed up with the Reservoir Pups, the scrappy gang of boys who rule the streets in his new town. And he definitely wouldn't have agreed to their initiation mission: to break into the hospital his mom works at. It's just Eddie's luck that he stumbles upon some twisted baby-snatchers on the way. And just when it seems like life can't get any worse, he bumps into the leader of the Andytown Albinos, the most fearsome gang of all. Grades 6-9

The Last Burp of Mac McGerp
Pam Smallcomb
Mac McGerp, winner of the Best Burper first prize at the Tri-County Fair, and his good friend, Lido, try to figure out how to deal with the new, repressive school principal. A hilarious story about friendship, perseverance, and good burping. Grades 4-7

Book cover of Double Play at Short	 used with permission from Double Play at Short
Matt Christopher
Twelve-year-old Danny thinks that there is something very familiar about the girl who plays shortstop on the team he faces during the championship series, and his curiosity leads him to a surprising discovery about his own adoption. Grades 4-7

Buck Fever
Cynthia Chapman Willis
Twelve-year-old Joey's dad expects him to carry on the family tradition of hunting. The family, already strained by the mother's extended travel, is pushed further apart by the father's disappointment that Joey is more interested in drawing deer than hunting them. Grades 4-7

The Lucky Baseball Bat
Matt Christopher
Twelve-year-old Danny thinks that there is something very familiar about the girl who plays shortstop on the team he faces during the championship series, and his curiosity leads him to a surprising discovery about his own adoption. Grades 2-4

Capp Street Carnival
Sandra Dutton
Eleven-year-old Mary Mae finds herself extremely busy with her preparations for a fund-raising carnival and her friend Annabelle's wedding, which are going to be one week apart. Grades 4-7

Book cover of Emma's River used with permission from Emma's River
Alison Hart
In 1852, Emma, her pregnant mother, and her pony board the steamboat "Sally May" to meet her father in St. Joseph, Missouri, but when the ship explodes in a fiery blaze, everyone onboard must fight for survival in the icy waters of the Missouri River. Grades 4-7

Common Sense and Fowls
Jane Cutler
When a group of their neighbors plans to oust Mrs. Krnc because she feeds the pigeons that cause a mess, Rachel and her great-uncle Benson work to encourage better communication and search for an alternate solution. Grades 5-8

Queen of Secrets
Jenny Meyerhoff
Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparents in Michigan, experiences conflicting loyalties and confusing emotions when her aunt, uncle, and cousin move back from New York, and her very religious cousin tries to fit in with the other football players at Essie's high school, one of whom is Essie's popular new boyfriend. Grades 6-9 and Young Adult.

Leap, Frog
Jane Cutler
Edward and his new friend Charley prepare for the First Annual Mark Twain Memorial Jumping Frog Contest. Grades 4-7

Book cover of The Leanin' Dog used with permission from The Leanin' Dog
K. A. Nuzum
In wintry Colorado during the 1930s, eleven-year-old Dessa Dean mourns the death of her beloved mother, but the arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they form is just what they need to change their lives forever. Grades 4-7

The Wings of Darkness and Other Cases, Einstein Anderson Science Detective #5
Seymour Simon
Sixth grader Adam "Einstein" Anderson uses his scientific knowledge to solve ten "mysteries," involving a supposed vampire, a fake invention, a suspicious fire, and other puzzles. Grades 3-6

Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time. Grades 5-8

Catherine Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers.

Book cover of Before I Fall used with permission from Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until she finally discovers why she has been given this chance. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers.

Class Pets: The Ghost of P.S. 42
Frank Asch
Molly and Jake are brother and sister mice looking for a new place to live while they discover Public School 42. Molly manages to squeeze through a crack in the foundation while Jake, too plump to make it through, gets stuck on the playground with a nasty cat called Big Gray. Where will this adventure take them? Grades 2-4

The Boy and the Wolf
Lois Harrell & Suzette Wright
This rhyming story features a twist on the classic tale of the boy who cried wolf. Simple raised line symbols represent the Wolf, the Boy, and his small flock of sheep. As the story is read, the child is invited to tactually search the page for these characters, to count and compare like and different pairs of sheep, and notice differing orientations. Preschool - K-3

The Best for a Nest
Lois Harrell
The Best for a Nest interactive storybook provides an opportunity for the learner to focus on many concepts: position of objects, prepositional phrases, and use of tactile symbols. Included with the book is a group of manipulatives: birds, nest, eggs, tree, branches, grass, and a cat. Preschool - K-3

Goin' On a Bear Hunt
Suzette Wright
Print-Braille Book with Large Print Reader's Guide
Bear Hunt is based on the popular children's chant story. In the process of hunting for the bear, the reader follows a tactile line through the tall grass, up a hill, across a bridge, around a pond, through the woods, into the pit, into the cave, and then back home again. At the end of the book is a fold-out tactile map, that displays all the places from home to the bear's cave, to use in retelling the story. Preschool - K-3

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Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan 2015-2018

The Strategic Plan PDF Download is also available in braille and audio formatsPDF Download. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor.

Prairie Trails Memorandum

 Volume 10, Issue 2 | Summer 2015
Articles include "Read the Book - Meet the Author", "Mystery Authors to Try", "BARD accounts and Mobile App", "Netflix begins Audio Descriptions", "Pioneer Girl", "Volunteer Recognition", "Art Show", "South Dakota Collection", "And the Winners are...", "South Dakota Teen Choice List", "Summer Reading Program", and "Celebrating July 4th"

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