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Talking Books


Here's an idea for older readers who would like to share their best reading asset -- their eyes.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
  • Cultural Heritage, Drama
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Minimal
  • Indoor, Outdoor, Traveling
  • Play

MATERIALS: Cassette recorder, blank cassette.

National organizations like Recording for the Blind audition adults to narrate books on tape, or talking books, for people who are visually impaired. Your children may be able to do the same thing on a local level, or for a friend or a member of the family. Library Special Services. Encourage your children to phone the main branch of the local library to inquire whether the library system offers recording services for people in the community who are visually impaired. If so, can they volunteer to narrate a book for a younger reader? Even if there is no precedent, the director of services may be interested in your children's proposal. Narrating books is not as simple as it sounds. A recording must be clear, have interest and expression, and be error-free. Reading to Grandma or Grandpa. Does a grandparent or other family member have cataracts or some other visual handicap that prevents him or her from reading? Your child's offer to read aloud on a regular basis -- books, newspapers, letters -- will represent a priceless gift as well as an opportunity to spend more time together. Your children might also be willing to help a grandparent find out about services available for people with visual impairments, or help order talking books from a local library or organization. Community Efforts. Your children's scout troop, youth group, or class can organize a read-aloud program for visually impaired children in the community, or for classmates. Volunteers take turns recording stories or reading aloud to the child at the child's home. Adults should help develop and supervise such an activity. Your children's youth group or troop can also inquire about the local librarys regular read-aloud programs, then pass on the information to visually impaired children and arrange to help them participate.

Talking Books