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2019 AAF Free Braille Book Program Launches with Here’s Hank Book Series Produced by National Braille Press of Boston

First 4,000 Braille books to be distributed on January 4 in recognition of Louis Braille’s birthday

Here's Hank Books

(Boston, MA) – January 4, 2019– The American Action Fund (AAF) for Blind Children and Adults has partnered with the National Braille Press (NBP) to produce and ship free Braille copies of the best-selling twelve-book series, Here’s Hank, written by Henry Winkler, award-winning actor, director, comedian, and author, and Lin Oliver, writer and film producer. The Here’s Hank series, geared toward the younger reader, features the character Hank Zipzer, who may not be the best at spelling, math, or reading but always tries his hardest.

“Lin Oliver and I are bursting with pride that Here’s Hank was chosen to be in Braille,” said Henry Winkler. “Comedy requires only a sense of humor, not sight.”

This is the first-ever Braille edition of this series, distributed free of charge to approximately 4,000 blind and low-vision children by the AAF through its Free Braille Books Program. Each month, a new book in the twelve-book series will be distributed starting on January 4, 2019, the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille code. The NBP will transcribe and proofread each book in the Here’s Hank series followed by pressing each book into Braille and collating them by hand before shipping to children in the AAF Free Braille Books Program. 

“We are proud to launch the first Braille edition of the Here’s Hank series and make it available for free on the two hundred tenth anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille,” said Mark Riccobono, chief executive officer of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. “For one hundred years, the Action Fund has been dedicated to the advancement of Braille literacy, and we believe that these funny, inspiring books will delight young readers while enhancing their Braille skills and making the code a fundamental part of their lives.”

“National Braille Press is committed to promoting literacy for blind children,” said Brian Mac Donald, president of National Braille Press. “We are very proud to work with the American Action Fund to produce the Here’s Hank series that will allow blind and low-vision children to experience these popular books just like their sighted peers.”

In the first book of the Here’s Hank series, Hank’s class is putting on a play and he wants to be the lead role, Aqua Fly. After freezing during the audition, Hank is given the role of a silent bookmark. Although this role seems insignificant, when Hank’s enemy freezes during the play it is up to Hank to save the day.

For more information on the AAF Free Braille Books Program visit:

About American Action Fund

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a nonprofit organization founded in 1919 and headquartered in Baltimore, helps blind people throughout the United States through programs and initiatives emphasizing Braille and tactile literacy, education, and independence. For more information, visit

About National Braille Press

A non-profit braille publisher and producer of braille products, National Braille Press promotes literacy for blind children through outreach programs and provides access to information by producing information in braille for blind children and adults. For more information visit