Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Reading Suggestions from the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Season’s Readings! It’s the end of the year, and time for the holidays. Long nights and short, cold days means that it’s the perfect time of year to find a new author or rediscover an old favorite. Here are some suggestions from Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (TLBPH) staff members.

You can’t go wrong with some of the all-time Christmas classics, such as A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. TLBPH has several versions of this classic for all ages: for adults in braille, audio, and large print; for grades 2-4 in braille and audio; and for grades 4-7 in braille and audio. It’s also available from the braille foreign language collection in Spanish.

Some newer titles include books by best-selling current authors. John Grisham is famous for writing legal thrillers, but he also wrote the wonderful book, Skipping Christmas, which was adapted in 2004 as Christmas With the Kranks, starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Cheech Marin, and others. TLBPH has this book available in braille, audio, and large print.

From Debbie Macomber, writer of romance novels and Christian fiction, we have Call Me Mrs. Miracle, a story about how shopping for a Christmas gift can lead to romance. It’s available as an audio book and in large print.

One holiday classic the entire family can enjoy, and perhaps read aloud together, is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. TLBPH has it in braille, audio, and print/braille, and in Spanish audio. A new family favorite might be Caroline Kennedy’s A Family Christmas, a collection of her favorite Christmas stories, poems, songs and scriptures. It includes her own 1962 letter to Santa, written when she was five years old while living in the White House the year before her father was assassinated. TLBPH has the title in braille and audio.

Finally, for anyone who’s looking for something more hair-raising than ho-ho-ho, check out The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore on audio.

To find out more about the Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, go to: http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/library-blind-and-physically-handicapped.

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State

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