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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 Story of My Life

By Helen Keller

1903. W. W. Norton & Company, New York


Available in braille from the following sources:

1. American Foundation for the Blind
Free online
http://www.afb.org/mylife

2. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users
www.loc.gov/nls/
1-800-424-8567

3. Bookshare.org
Available for download in HTML, TXT, DAISY, and BRF formats. (Membership not required for download.)
http://www.bookshare.org




Related Web Sites

• http://www.afb.org/braillebug/hkmuseum.asp - Of course you'll want to start with the American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Kids Museum Online. You'll be able to follow Helen Keller's remarkable life from childhood through adulthood.
• http://www.afb.org/braillebug/askkeller.asp - Once you've poked around the Helen Keller Kids Museum Online, you can ask a question of Keller Johnson Thompson, who is Helen Keller's great-grand-niece. See what the question of the month is and pose your own question, too.
• http://www.helenkellerbirthplace.org - Read more about Helen Keller's childhood home, Ivy Green.


Activities:

1. Learn the braille alphabet!
On the Braille Bug site, www.afb.org/braillebug, you can learn all 26 letters and the numbers as well. Also request your own Braille Bug alphabet cards.

2. Learn fingerspelling!
Helen Keller was deaf as well as blind. A famous scene in The Story of My Life is when Helen and her teacher Anne Sullivan were at the water pump, and Helen first connected the water flowing over her fingers with the word being fingerspelled into her hand by Annie. You can also learn the manual alphabet at: www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/kidsweb/amachart.html





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