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Seedlings Early Childhood Braille Books for Children’s Braille 4 Beginners (B4B) Program

An open book with Braille dots spelling the short form contraction for “children” and a sprig in the middle of the book

Braille 4 Beginners (B4B) is a Seedlings program that places braille books into the hands of toddlers and preschoolers ages birth-3 with vision loss. The program was developed when they realized that success in school and beyond depends heavily on children and their families having braille books at an early age. Through the Seedlings B4B program, hundreds of print-braille-and-picture books have been sent to Early Intervention Programs across the U.S. to share with the families they serve.

In 2023, Seedlings gave away 10,890 braille books through the B4B program! They provided books to 161 Early Intervention Programs. In total, they gave away over $100,000 in braille books through the B4B program last year! 

Seedlings has received some wonderful feedback from some of their programs, including the following quote:

“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

Placing braille books into the hands of toddlers and preschoolers ages birth-3 with vision loss continues to be a priority for Seedlings, as the importance of providing braille books to this age group is essential. Seedlings books are sometimes the first and only braille books a child receives at this age.

If you are part of an Early Intervention Program that is interested in receiving braille books through the Seedlings B4B program, please contact Kari Nelson at seedlink2@ameritech.net for more information. 

More information on Seedlings Braille Books for Children can be found in the Fall 2023 issue of TX SenseAbilities.

A toddler wearing glasses sits in the lap of an adult and reads a board book about jungle animals with tactile features.

Seedlings reader, Edison, reads “Touch and Feel Jungle Animals” with his mom. He received this book through the B4B program.

A toddler reads a board book about jungle animals with tactile features.

Seedlings reader, Edison, reads “Touch and Feel Jungle Animals.”

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