Good Reads
Books about or with people with Vision Impairment or Blindness

 

Apt. 3 (E)
Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan Publishing Co.1 New York, 1971.
-Sam and Ben meet the resident of Apt. 3, who is blind and they learn something about him end about themselves.
At My Fingertips Smithdas, Robert LW

 

The Bassumtyte Treasure

Blind Flight
Hilary Milton, Franklin Watts, New York/London/Toronto/Sydney, 1980;138pp.
-A 13 year old girl who has lost her vision is flying with her uncle in his small plane when he is injured she must land the plane with the verbal assistance of other pilots.
A Bowl of Sun Wosmek Frances

The Boy And The Blind storyteller
Paul Anderson, Illustrated by Yoong Hwan Kim; E.M. Hale and Company, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1967; 93pp.
-Ah Sung, a young Korean boy meets an old man near his village. The old man, who is blind, is a storyteller and fortune tell and he tells Ah Sung the folk tales of Korea.

Business Is Looking Up
Barbara Alello and Jeffrey Shulman, Illustrated by Loel Barr; Twenty-First Century Books, Frederick, Maryland, 1988, 48pp.
-Reneldo Rodriguez an eleven-year-old child who is blind sets up a greeting card service for step families.

 

A Cane In Her Hand
Ada B. Litchfield, Illustrated by Eleanor Mill; Albert Whitman and Co., Morton Grove,
Illinois, 1977. -
-Valerie learns new skills end techniques from a vision specialist as her sight changes.
Carver
Ruth Yaffe Radin, Illustrated by Karl Swanson; Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, 1991.
-After his father dies ten year old Jon returns to public school in his home town instead of returning to a school for children who are blind.
The Cay
Theodore Taylor; Doubleday & Co., Garden City, New York, 1969; 137pp.
-A young American boy end an elderly West Indian man are stranded on a barren Caribbean island after their ship is torpedoed in 1942. A head injury leaves Philip, the young boy blind.
Connie’s New Eyes
Bernard Wolf; J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1976, 95pp.
- After her training, Blythe becomes Connie David’s guide dog.

 

Follow My Leader
James B. Garfield, Illustrated by Robert Greiner; Viking Press, New York, 1957, l9Opp.
-Jimmy loses his vision in an accident and learns braille and orientation and mobility skills before receiving a dog guide and becoming active in the Boy Scouts again.

The Foundling Spellman, Francis

 

Gift of Gold
Beverly Butler, G.K. Hall and Co., Boston, 1973; 383pp. (large print)
-Cathy, who has lost her vision due to glaucoma struggles with the pressures of college, romance and the possibility of getting her vision back
Gloria Hannah Whelen

Go Tell It To Mrs. Golightly
Catherine Cookson; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New York, 1977, 192 pp.
-A girl who is blind is sent to live with her grandfather and uncovers a kidnapping ring in their small town.

The Guide Dog Mystery
Gertrude Chandler Warner; Albert Whitman and Co., Morton Grove, Illinois, 1996, ll3pp.
-Four children help solve a mystery at a local school for dog guides.

 

Happy Birthday. Grampie (E)
Susan Pearson, illustrated by Ronald Himler Dial Books For Young Readers, New York, 1987.
-Martha takes care to make just the right gift for her Swedish grandfather who has lost his vision.

 

Jennifer Jean. The Cross-Eyed Queen (E)
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Illustrated by Karen Ritz; Carolrhoda Books, Minneapolis, 1994.
-Jennifer Jean likes her big green crossed eyes and doesn’t want to wear a patch.
Journey To The Bright Kingdom
Elizabeth Winthrop, Illustrated by Charies Mikolaycak; Holiday House1 New York, 1979.
-The mice of Kakure-sato grant a blind woman temporary sight during the journey she and her kind daughter make to their magical underground kingdom.

 

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin & John Archambault, Holt Books, 1966, ISBN 0-8050-0571-4

 

Libby's New Glasses Tusa

Listen For The Fig Tree
Sharon Bell Mathis; The Viking Press, New York, 1973 175pp.
-Muffin Johnson, a teen-age- who is blind, wants to attend a Kwanza festival the first Christmas after her father is murdered. (strong language and adult themes)
Lucy’s Picture (E)
Nicola Moon, Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe; Dial Books For Young Readers, New York, 1994.
-Lucy creates a special picture her grandfather who is blind.

The Man Who Sang In The Dark
Eth Clifford, Illustrated by Mary Beth Owens; Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1987, ll2pp. Ten year old Leah starts a new life with the help and friendship of a man who is blind in a Philadelphia boarding house during the Depression.

Naomi Knows it's Springtime
Virginia L. Kroll, Illustrated by Jill Kastner Boyds Mill Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 1993, 3lpp.
-A young girl who is blind experiences the first signs of spring.

 

One Of Us
Nikki Amdur, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson; The Dial Press, New York, 1981, 133pp. When Nora moves to a new town she makes friends with Jerry, who is blind.

 

Robb Candy White

The Rose Colored Glasses: Melanie Adjusts To Poor Vision
Linda Leggett and Linda Andrews: Illustrated by Laura Hartman; Human Sciences Press, New York, 1979, 3Opp.
- A young girl adjusts to wearing glasses and helps her classmates understand what it means to have low vision.

Sing To The Stars
Mary Brigid Barrett, Illustrated by Sandra Speidel; Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, 1994.
-Ephram makes friends with his neighbor Mr. Washington and his dog guide, Shilo.
See You Tomorrow, Charles by Miriam Cohen, Dell Publishing Co. 1983 ISBN 0-440-40162-3

The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen, Thomas Y. Crowell 1977
The Seeing Summer by Jeannette Eyerly

Seeing Through The Dark Weiss, Malcolm
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, Scholastic Inc. 1992, ISBN 590-4697 1-1

Spozneini Kochankoufle Wharton, William

 

Timothy of the Cay
Theodore Taylor; Harcourt Brace and Co., San Diego, 1993; 161 pp.
in this sequel/prequel to The Cay Phillip, the young boy who was shipwrecked with Timothy, undergoes an operation to restore his sight and makes a trip back to the cay that was their Island home.
The Trouble With Tuck
Theodore Taylor; Doubleday, New York, 1981; 110 pp.
-A young girl trains her blind dog to trust and follow a retired dog guide.
Through Grandpa’s Eyes
Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray; Harper Collins Publishers, New York 1980.
-A young boy learns a different way of seeing the world from his grandfather who is blind.
Tuck Triumphant Taylor, Theodore
The Witch’s Daughter
Nina Baldwin, Clarion Books, New York, 1966, 1 84pp.
-On the Scottish island of Skua, a friendship develops between the lonely mysterious Perdita, and Janey, who is blind.

You Could See What I Hear Sullivan, Tom

 

Non-Fiction
The Body: The Eye by Kathleen Elgin, Franklin Watts, Inc. 1967
Look at Your Eyes by Paul Showers 1962
Blindness Weiss, Malcolm

 

A Guide Dog Puppy Grows Up
Caroline Amdd, Photographs by Richard Hewett; Harcourt Brace and Company, San Diego, 1991.
-Follows the career of a guide dog from puppyhood through the training process to placement with a person who is blind.

 

Listen For the Bus: David’s Story
Patricia McMahon, Photographs by John Godt; Boyds Mill Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 1995.
-A real life look at David, who is blind and hearing impaired, as he begins kindergarten.
Louis Braille
Beverley Birch; Gareth Stevens Children’s Books, Milwaukee, 1989, 68pp.
-A biography of the man responsible for inventing a way to read and write that has helped millions of people who we blind communicate with the would.

Mom’s Best Friend
Sally Hobart Alexander, Photographs by George Ancona; Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, 1992.
Sally Alexander and her family adjust to her new dog guide.

Mom Can’t See Me
Sally Hobart Alexander, Photographs by George Ancona; Simon and Schuster Books
for Young Readers, New York 1990.
-A nine year old girl tells about life with her mother who is blind.

 

Out Of Darkness: The Story Of Louis Braille
Russell Freedman, Illustrated by Kate Kiesler, Clarion Books, New York, 1997, 8lpp.
-A children’s biography of Louis Braille.

A Picture Book Of Helen Keller (E)
David A. Adler, Illustrated by John and Alexander Wailner; Holiday House, New York 1990. -A brief picture book biography of Helen Keller

 

 

Seeing in Special Ways
Thomas Bergman; Garth Stevens Children’s Books, Milwaukee, 1989; 53pp.                                                                                                                            Interviews with a group of children at the Tomteboda School in Sweden concerning their vision loss.

 

Tom Sullivan’s Adventures In Darkness
Derek L T. Gill and Tom Sullivan; David Mckay Company, Inc., New York, 1976, l06 pp.
-Stories of the childhood, adolescence and early adulthood of Torn Sullivan, a singer and composer who lost his vision at birth due to retinopathy of prematurity.

 

What Love Sees
Susan Vreeland; Thorndike Press, Thomdike, ME, 1988; 573pp. (large print)
-The story of Forrest and Jean Holly and their experiences as a couple and as parents who are both totally blind in California from the 1940s to the 1970s.

There are also several biographies available on Helen Keller. Stevie Wonder. and Louis Braille, among others.