Free Programs

Book Angel Program (BAP)

So children with vision loss can have some books at home!

Originally called “Anna’s Book Angel Project” in memory of Anna K. Bonde, this program has provided over 100,000 free braille books to children since 2002!

Each child with vision loss ages birth-21 in the U.S. and Canada can now receive one order of 5 free braille books from Seedlings per calendar year.

*This program is for children with vision loss ages birth-21 in the U.S. and Canada only. While we would love to provide free books to everyone, we must be good stewards of the grants and donations that fund this program which are intended only for children with vision loss ages birth-21.

You must place a new order for the child each calendar year.

To place your order:

  1. Add the 5 titles of your choosing to your shopping cart. Only 1- or 2- volume books, please. Educational aids and gifts do not qualify.
  2. In the cart, add the coupon code: BAP. This will add a Book Angel Program line to your cart.
  3. Proceed to checkout.
  4. Fill in the child’s name, age, and home address in the required fields at the top of the checkout page.
  5. Unless otherwise noted, we will ship to the child’s address. If you would like the order sent elsewhere, please check the “Ship to a Different Address” box and provide a shipping address.
  6. Place your order!

If you prefer, you may instead fill out this form and email, mail, or fax to Seedlings’ office.

Please note: Since Seedlings is a small nonprofit organization with limited resources, our 3- & 4-volume books are excluded from our free programs. Occasionally, some of our books go on back order. Seedlings will pick a replacement braille book(s) for you.

Teachers of the Visually Impaired Program (TVIP)

So TVIs can have some free books too!

TVIP allows certified teachers with a visual impairment endorsement in the U.S. to order 5 free braille books from Seedlings per calendar year!

*This program is for certified teachers with a visual impairment endorsement only. While we would love to provide free books to all professionals who teach visually impaired children, we must be good stewards of the grants and donations that fund this program which are specifically intended only for certified teachers with a visual impairment endorsement.

Since 2019, this program has sent over 21,000 books to teachers across the U.S.

You must place a new order each calendar year.

To place your order:

  1. Add the 5 titles of your choosing to your shopping cart. Only 1- or 2- volume books, please. Educational aids and gifts do not qualify.
  2. In the cart, add the coupon code: TVIP. This will add a Teachers of the Visually Impaired Program line to your cart.
  3. Proceed to checkout.
  4. Fill in the name of the school or agency you are affiliated with and your associated school or agency work email in the required fields at the top of the checkout page..
  5. Unless otherwise noted, we will ship to the Billing Address. If you would like the order sent elsewhere, please check the “Ship to a Different Address” box and provide a shipping address.
  6. Place your order!

Please note: Since Seedlings is a small nonprofit organization with limited resources, our 3- & 4-volume books are excluded from our free programs. TVIP orders are also limited to one copy of 9817 The SENSEsational Alphabet Book. Occasionally, some of our books go on back order. Seedlings will pick a replacement braille book(s) for you.

Braille for Beginners (B4B)

So Early Intervention Programs can support their visually impaired students!

Placing our books into the hands of toddlers and preschoolers ages birth-3 with vision loss became a priority when we realized that success in school and beyond depends heavily on children and their families having braille books at an early age. Through the B4B program, hundreds of print-braille-and-picture books have been sent to Early Intervention (EI) Programs across the U.S. to share with the families they serve.

*This program is for EI programs across the U.S. only. If you are a parent or educator not working with an EI program, please see if you qualify for one of our other free programs.

Hear how the B4B program is impacting kids and families as they start their braille journey:

“Thank you, you are amazing! Many of our families have no books at all and we are always looking for ways to help them. Thank you for making this possible!” – Tracey, Early Education Manager

If you are an Early Intervention Program professional or staff member and are interested in receiving braille books through B4B, please contact Kari, B4B Program Coordinator.

Adopt-a-Reader

The Adopt-A-Reader program provides children with vision loss ages birth-21 in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio 10 FREE braille books of their choice each calendar year! Each reader is paired with one of our donors. All you have to do is fill out this online AAR Enrollment Form!

For more information, contact Lauren, Community Outreach Assistant.

Rose Project

Is your child looking for information to complete a school project or report? Or do you have a curious child who loves to read about a variety of topics? The Rose Project is here for you.

Through the Rose Project, students with vision loss in grades 1-12 can request World Book Encyclopedia articles in braille for free!

To order your article(s), fill out this form.

PLEASE NOTE:

All free program orders are shipped via Free Matter for the Blind.

All free program orders are processed as time and materials allow. Please be patient as we balance paid orders with free orders.

Seedlings’ free programs are run independently. If you qualify for more than one, you may register for multiple programs.

By participating in these free programs, you will be added to our email list so you can receive email notifications of other giveaway programs, etc.

close-up Picture of a child reading a braille book with their mother

“Julius has optic nerve hypoplasia and limited vision. This does not stop him from enjoying stories and books, which we read daily. Reading is so important to our family and we are so happy to share books with Julius that are more inclusive for him to enjoy as well. We are so thankful for Seedlings’ free programs and the amazing books they have made accessible for our family.”

—Julius’ mother, Natasha