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Six Dots: Insight #10

Now that our phones are also cameras, it’s easy to be a good photographer and to participate in photo contests. Here’s one, sponsored by the National Braille Press, that raises awareness of braille use around the world, is easy to enter, and ends on March 31st.

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Six Dots: Insight #7

Six Dots is now two weeks old! The creative team at Knopf, illustrator Boris Kulikov, and I, are delighted that the book has thus far received excellent reviews and three stars (from Publisher’s Weekly, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and School Library Journal). You can read what the reviewers say about it. Also,

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Six Dots: Insight #6

Note: With the publication of Six Dots just a few days away, I’m receiving some interesting questions from book people across the country! In the next several posts, I’ll choose one of these questions and share my answer here on Insights. Q: Can you share a story about how braille is combining with modern technology? A: I’m

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Six Dots

Six Dots: Insight #5

Note: With the publication of Six Dots just a month away, I’m receiving some interesting questions from book people across the country! In the next several posts, I’ll choose one of these questions and share my answer here on Insights. Q: Why did you choose Helen Keller’s quote for your book? A: In a televised

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Six Dots: Insight #4

Here in the U.S., the Braille language is all around us—in our schools, churches, public libraries, office  buildings and restaurants. But how much do we notice it? And how much do we, the sighted, stop to think about those with visual impairment? Take the following brief quiz and see how much you know (all statistics

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Six Dots by Boris Kulikov

Six Dots: Insight #3

Visual impairment does not equal intellectual impairment. The Braille family knew this, the students at the Royal School for the Blind knew this, and Louis Braille—most of all—knew this. But even in our supposedly more enlightened 21st century, we need to be reminded that those who are differently-abled share the same human spirit, intellectual capacity,

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