Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

Great kids' books that are also available as audiobooks and in Braille

Erin Groth is the Youth Services Librarian at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, where she works with children who are blind or visually impaired. She lives in Seattle and is a lover of books, dogs and making messes.

 

Alma and How She Got Her Name

by Juana Martinez-Neal

[Available in braille and audiobook formats]

Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is worried that her long name doesn’t fit — not on her drawings or on herself! This adorable book celebrates family and tradition, with honor names at the center. Little ones and grown-ups alike will be just as interested in each of Alma’s namesakes, and this sweet book might inspire a look through your own family’s photo albums. A great book to read together!

 

Monsters Under Bridges: Pacific Northwest Edition

by Rachel Roellke Coddington, illustrated by Jolby [Available in braille and audiobook formats]

Get ready to strap on your bike helmet and go monster hunting with this adorable guide to bridges of the PNW and the fabled creatures who live under them. You may already know the Fremont Troll, but have you heard of the 18 other beasts below the Aurora Bridge? Adventurers at first- and second-grade reading levels will devour the colorful illustrations and humorous descriptions in this thrilling guide to local legends.

 

How to Read a Book

by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

[Available in audiobook format]

Though the title might sound like a simple how-to guide, this scrumptious little book is sure to foster a love of reading no matter your age. Bright mixed-media illustrations bring Kwame Alexander’s rich text to life in this story that reads like a loving ode to literature. Parents will enjoy this just as much as their preschoolers do!

 

Under My Hijab

by Hena Khan, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel

[Available in braille and audiobook formats]

Each page of this beautiful story describes one of the important women in a little girl’s life, from her grandma to her cool artist aunt to her friendly scout leader. And all of them have something in common: each woman wears her hijab with individuality. Rhyming text and detailed illustrations bring each member of the community to life in this charming tale for readers young and old.

 

More book picks:

Stories with girl-driven narratives

Understanding ourselves: Kids’ books about emotions, money and more

Claiming your space: Kids’ books on mindfulness and advocacy

‘My Heart Fills with Happiness,’ and other kids’ books that radiate joy

Great kids’ books also available as audiobooks and in Braille