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Activities for the Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.

The Midwife's Apprentice

By Karen Cushman


Available in braille from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users; also available from Web-braille as a contracted braille digital file. Users must register with their cooperating library.

Books can be downloaded by subscribing members, or ordered in embossed Braille by members or non-members.

3. Seedlings
$14.25; This braille book is available for purchase.

Related Web Sites

• Karen Cushman
• Teacher's Guide
• Learn about Nursing - Classroom Quizzes
• Discover Nursing
• National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities
• Life of a Midwife
• Florence Nightingale


1. Classroom Discussion
Discuss how medicine has changed since medieval times and what would be the role of a midwife in modern times.

2. Watch a Movie
Review information about the PBS American Experience film, A Midwife's Tale, the story of Martha Ballard who was a midwife and healer in the 18th century. Visit and

3. Explore CareerConnect®
Search the Mentor database on the AFB CareerConnect® web site and identify jobs in the medical field being done by individuals with vision loss. They are numerous!

4. Talk with Visually Impaired Nurses
Talk with AFB CareerConnect mentors who are blind or visually impaired nurses and find out how they do their jobs. (Yes, it can be done!) Don't forget to first register for free as a CareerConnect user in order to send them an e-mail.

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