FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Action Fund Announces the 2021 Braille Book Selections
Subscribers Will Receive Braille Versions of Books in Three Popular Children’s Series Celebrating Diversity
November 16, 2020, Baltimore, Maryland: The American Action Fund (AAF) for Blind Children and Adults will soon begin distributing free Braille copies of titles in three popular children’s book series as part of its Free Braille Books Program for the calendar year 2021. The program serves over four thousand blind children in the United States by sending them a free Braille book to keep each month, and focuses on producing popular books and series that have not previously been produced in Braille. For 2021 the Action Fund specifically selected books that include a range of characters representing diverse characteristics and celebrating the value of diversity in our communities. Starting in January 2021, a new book in one of the following series will be sent to program participants:
- The Sassy Series, by Sharon M. Draper
- The Carver Chronicles, by Karen English
- Bluebell Skinks Wheelchair Kid and Mitzi Mufflin Principal for a Day, by Liz Cooper
“For over a hundred years, the Action Fund has been dedicated to the advancement of Braille literacy,” said Mark Riccobono, Executive Director of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. “Our Free Braille Books Program for children furthers this mission by allowing kids to acquire and read the same books their friends are reading. We know the experience is enhanced when books include characters who have characteristics similar to those of the reader. We believe these diverse books will contribute significantly to the Braille skills of these young readers as well as their recognition of the value of diversity in our communities.”
For more information about the American Action Fund’s Free Braille Books Program, please visit: https://actionfund.org/free-braille-books.
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 www.actionfund.org.