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The NNELS Print-Braille Collection

About these Books

These fifteen English-language print-braille books were produced for NNELS in March 2018 by a team using the Braille production tools of the Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

One set containing each of the 15 titles was sent to every province and territory in Canada. The idea is that public library networks in every region would be able to share these books locally and among each other and so share a seed collection of books in print-braille format.

Each book contains:

  • the original text of the book, complete with printed words and illustrations;
  • a Braille version of the printed words;
  • image descriptions in Braille;
  • QR codes which contain the text of the book and image descriptions.

The books in the collection were chosen by public librarians who love children’s books. If future projects arise, we hope to produce a collection of French-language print-Braille children’s books.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.

About the QR Codes

Readers can scan the QR Codes in the books with a smartphone or tablet -- there are many free QR Code reading apps. The QR Codes contain the text of the book, as well as the book's image descriptions.

People who active voice navigation features on their devices (such as VoiceOver on an iOS device) can hear the scanned text read aloud.

Title List

  1. Sweetest Kulu, by Celina Kalluk and Alexandria Neonakis
    A lyrical lullaby imbued with traditional Inuit beliefs, this bedtime poem describes the gifts bestowed upon a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.
  2. The Man with the Violin, by Kathy Stinson and Dusan Petricic
    This book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, a world-renowned classical violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert.
  3. You Hold Me Up, by Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel
    This vibrant picture book encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their everyday actions.
  4. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, by Danielle Daniel
    In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver, or moose.
  5. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, Eugene Yelchin 
    La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right, so the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed.
  6. The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
    While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree... until he sits on a bee.
  7. Something from Nothing, by Phoebe Gilman
    This adaptation of a favorite Jewish folktale describes how the blanket grandfather had made for young Joseph is transformed over the years into a jacket, a button, and, ultimately, a story.
  8. Millicent and the Wind, by Robert Munsch and Suzanne Duranceau
    The wind brings Millicent a hoped-for friend...
  9. One-Dog Canoe, by Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt
    When a girl and her dog set out on a canoe trip together, they're expecting a quiet afternoon for two. Then a beaver decides to join them, and that's just the beginning of their troubles...
  10. The Enormous Potato, by Aubrey Davis and Dusan Petricic
    Retold by professional storyteller Aubrey Davis, this classic story shows what can be accomplished when everyone lends a hand to solve a problem.
  11. Mortimer, by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
    It's Mortimer's bedtime, but he would much rather sing his rowdy song. Mom, Dad and even the police can't get him to quiet down.
  12. When We Were Alone, by David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett
    Winner of a 2017 GG. When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she grows curious. As she asks her grandmother questions, she learns about life in a residential school.
  13. Manners Are Not for Monkeys, by Heather Tekavec and David Huyck
    The old zookeeper has no idea how much trouble it will cause when she moves the monkeys into a cage near the picnic and play areas: the monkeys start behaving like kids!
  14. If Kids Ruled the World, by Linda Bailey and David Huyck
    This book delightfully describes, in wonderful detail, a small child's idea of utopia.
  15. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant
    Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom's dress-up center.

MARC Records

Please use the MARC records to add these books to your catalogues so they are findable and shareable. If you notice any errors in these records, or have questions about them, please write to Thank you!

Missing a Book?

Can't find a copy of these books? Please write to in case we can locate or send you an extra copy.


We would love to hear what you think of these books and what we can do to improve production in the future. We welcome all questions and comments: