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A LETTER FROM SEEDLINGS' DIRECTOR, DEBRA BONDE:

Photo of Debra Bonde and a little girl reading braille together From the beginning of Seedlings' history, our work and mission have been based on a belief in the value, dignity, and equal rights of all people. We are particularly dedicated to leveling the playing field in terms of access to books and literacy for children with vision loss.

Throughout our history, we have selected books to transcribe into braille that include themes of peace and justice, and that have positive portrayals of people from different backgrounds, ethnicity, and abilities.

Right now, our country is struggling again with inequality, and many people are seeking ways to make positive changes. Seedlings wants to be part of the solution.

An important first step is educating ourselves and our children about the history and experiences of people from diverse backgrounds. This will strengthen our understanding and our empathy for those suffering injustice.

We pledge to highlight and promote books that foster understanding, and to research and add more diverse educational titles.


BIOGRAPHIES OF PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS & FICTION WITH DIVERSE CHARACTERS in UNIFIED ENGLISH BRAILLE (UEB)

The following books are our nonfiction books:

Photo of two boys reading together PRINT-&-BRAILLE EASY-READERS in Contracted UEB
for children ages 4-9


3003 Barack Obama: Out of Many, One by Shana Corey

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BRAILLE NONFICTION BOOKS in Contracted UEB
for independent readers ages 6 and up


501 Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Rae Bains
5001 ...If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine
550 Portraits of African-American Heroes by Tonya Bolden
527 Ray Charles: Soul Man by Ruth Turk
Photo of Khara reading a Seedlings book 534 Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
537 Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth by Jeri Ferris
5913 Who Is Malala Yousafzai? by Dinah Brown
5012 Who Is Stevie Wonder? by Jim Gigliotti

Collections of Short Biographies, including some highlighting people of color in Contracted UEB:

588 Dare to Dream: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra McLeod Humphrey
539 The Good Guys of Baseball by Terry Egan, Stan Friedmann, and Mike Levine
521 They Led the Way: 14 American Women by Johanna Johnston

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Photo of the book: I Look Up To ... Malala Yousafzai

The following books are our fiction books with diverse characters in UEB Braille:

PRINT-BRAILLE-&-PICTURE BOOKS in Contracted UEB
for children ages 0-5


896 God Loves You (Board Book) by Kathleen Bostrom
9017 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Board Book) by Mem Fox
9038 Touch and Feel Toys (Board Book) from DK Publishing
9060 I Like Myself! (Board Book) by Karen Beaumont
9061 I Look Up To ... Malala Yousafzai (Board Book) by Anna Membrino
9062 Whose Knees Are These? (Board Book) by Jabari Asim

Photo of the book: Peekaboo Morning PRINT-BRAILLE-&-PICTURE BOOKS in Uncontracted UEB
for children ages 0-5


9874 Peekaboo Morning (Board Book) by Rachel Isadora

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BRAILLE FICTION BOOKS in Contracted UEB
for independent readers ages 6 and up


236 THE AMERICAN GIRLS: Meet Addy by Connie Porter
1515 Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
622 The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis; A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
795 Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.
720 Heaven by Angela Johnson; A Coretta Scott King Award Winner
1432 The Jacket by Andrew Clements
601 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George; A Newbery Award Winner
1170 The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses; A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
1502 A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
234 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli; A Newbery Award Winner
704 Sounder by William H. Armstrong
484 The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis; A Newbery Honor Book & Coretta Scott King Award Winner

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BOOKS PROMOTING DIVERSITY in Contracted EBAE (the 'old braille code')

The following books are our nonfiction books in EBAE:

for independent readers ages 6 and up

531 Against the Odds by Joe Layden
528 Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney
569 Barack Obama: Our 44th President by Beatrice Gormley
504 Cesar Chavez by Ruth Franchere
503 Chief Joseph: Leader of Destiny by Kate Jassem
553 Frederick Douglass: A Voice for Freedom in the 1800's by Camilla J. Wilson
551 In Their Own Words: Sojourner Truth by Peter Roop and Connie Roop
517 Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball by Margaret Davidson
508 Martin Luther King, Jr.—Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson
572 Michelle Obama: An American Story by David Colbert
529 On the Course With ... Tiger Woods by Matt Christopher
506 A Pocketful of Goobers—A Story about George Washington Carver by Barbara Mitchell
514 Raggin'—A Story about Scott Joplin by Barbara Mitchell
536 The Story of Sitting Bull: Great Sioux Chief by Lisa Eisenberg

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Photo of Alejandro and family visiting Seedlings

The following books are our fiction books in EBAE:

for independent readers ages 6 and up

THE AMERICAN GIRLS: KAYA 1764 by Janet Shaw
THE AMERICAN GIRLS: ADDY 1864 by Connie Porter
THE AMERICAN GIRLS: JOSEFINA 1824 by Valerie Tripp
1418 American Girls History Mystery #6: Mystery of the Dark Tower by Evelyn Coleman
646 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis; A Newbery Award Winner
1011 Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry; A Newbery Award Winner
1073 The Cay by Theodore Taylor
132 Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson Boyd; A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
112 Crickets and Corn by Peg Back
496 Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen; A Coretta Scott King Award Winner
1248 Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis; A Newbery Honor Book & Coretta Scott King Award Winner
109 First Snow by Helen Coutant
148 In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Lord
1193 Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida
1061 Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata; A Newbery Award Winner
475 Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues by Eloise Greenfield
1042 Missing From Haymarket Square by Harriette Gillem Robinet; A Scott O'Dell Award Winner
478 Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
731 My Name is America: The Journal of Biddy Owens by Walter Dean Myers
1148 Navajo Long Walk by Nancy Armstrong
102 Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
481 Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris
609 Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell; A Newbery Honor Book
660 The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox; A Newbery Award Winner
106 Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor
124 The Sunshine Tree and Other Tales from Around the World retold by Wendy Heller
643 Which Way Freedom? by Joyce Hansen
613 Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner

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