The extended edition of Farsighted is coming very soon. You should be able to download the latest version for your eReaders within the next week–woohoo! The hardcover edition will follow a couple weeks later. And great news, even a braille edition is on its way, courtesy of a great charity called Seedlings. Read on to learn about this wonderful non-profit organization and how each purchase of Farsighted will help bring braille books to children
“Placing a book in a child’s hands is like planting a seed.”
— Seedlings Motto —
Opening a book is like entering a portal to another world. Even the dreariest of days can be made wonderful, thanks to good fiction. Books were my only friends for years. It never bothered me that the other kids didn’t want to play with me, because I knew my good friends Bunnicula, the Sweet Valley Twins, and the Babysitters’ Club were at home waiting. Reading offered me a solace and joy little else could.
Every child deserves the company of a good book, but for some, that company is hard to find. The truth of the matter is, braille books are expensive and difficult to attain, especially for families with limited means like Alex’s. There is an inherent bliss associated with the act of reading—a bliss that is simply not matched by listening to a story via audiobook. That’s why it’s so important to promote braille literacy and to give blind children access to the same books their sighted peers enjoy.
Luckily, I know a great charity that works hard to right this. Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost braille books for blind children in Michigan and around the world.
Like me, Seedlings was born in 1984. At that time, braille materials were scarce and expensive. In the years since its inception, Seedlings has added over twelve hundred books to their catalogue—from well-loved classics such as Charlotte’s Web to more contemporary reads like Farsighted. They generously offer these books to readers for far less than it costs to produce them.
To celebrate and promote Seedlings’ initiatives, five percent of all proceeds from paperback, hardcover, and eBook sales of books in the Farsighted series will be donated to this astounding charity. Additionally, a ten dollar donation will be made every time a braille edition of Farsighted is purchased.*
If you’d like to offer further help, please consider making a donation at:
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
Thank you for doing your part to assist this great mission; if you’ve purchased Farsighted, then you’ve already contributed! Remember, every ten dollar donation places another braille book in a child’s hands.
*The braille edition of Farsighted will be available for purchase via Seedlings in fall 2012.
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