[blindkid] Children's books addressing blindness, or featuring blind characters

Carol Castellano blindchildren at verizon.net
Mon Feb 15 14:53:34 UTC 2010

Both of the following books are meant for children older than 
preschool, but they might work for your purposes--The View from Under 
the Pew and Keep Your Ear on the Ball.

Carol Castellano, President
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
carol_castellano at verizon.net

www.nfb.org/nopbcAt 08:08 AM 2/15/2010, you wrote:
>Ok, so I am creating a literacy kit for my EDU200 class and I could 
>use some suggestions.  We are to select a book for pre-school aged 
>kids, develop games, art projects, other similar activities that 
>appeal to as many of gardiner's multiple intelligences as possible, 
>and a teachers' guide for the book and activities.  I was hoping to 
>find a book that didn't teach about blindness, as even very small 
>children can tell when they are being preached and lectured at, but 
>rather one that features a blind character, prefferably a blind 
>child character.  They can be the main character or just a secondary 
>character.  The important thing is that the depiction be accurate, 
>not condescending, not "In your face educational" and that the book 
>have a plot and a story, not just a series of facts.  I searched for 
>three hours last night on the internet with my fiance's help, and 
>neither of us could find any descent books.  They all had seriously 
>sstigmatizing, and often inaccurate depictions of
>  blindness, in a "This is what blindness is, this is what blind 
> people are like, this is a guide dog, this is a cane and this is 
> braille, the end." format.  I want more of a "Blah blah blah, 
> beginning of story, introduce blind character, kid who just happens 
> to be blind, blabity blabity blabity development of all characters 
> and a plot line, yadda yadda yadda, wrap up story that has nothing 
> to do with blindness, but rather some other issue important to or 
> of interest to kids, but with a blind protagonist, or even 
> antagonist.  Blind kids are no more always little angels than are 
> sighted kids.  I hope someone knows what I mean.  Not having found 
> a decent book like this I can't even offer up examples of what I 
> would like.  Any reccomendations would be appreciated.  Thanks much.
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