Books

We recommend this selection of books relating to guide dogs, blindness, Braille, and disabilities. Books with a red star (star) next to title are GDA suggested reading for volunteer puppy raisers.

Book CoverLa Famiglia & Their Blind Advocate
By Dominic Sposeto

Dominic Sposeto recounts a family history spotted with Mafia affiliations. Blind at the ago of 20, Sposeto went on to become a criminal trial lawyer, and weaves a tale of intrigue, mystery and advocacy in this thrilling memoir.

Dominic is a Guide Dogs of America graduate. Profits from the sale of this book go directly to Guide Dogs of America where Dom has received his last four dogs.

Book CoverThe Right Dog for the Job:
Ira’s Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog

By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
This delightful photo-essay follows a puppy from his training to become a service dog to becoming a guide dog. In conversational tones, Patent describes Ira’s training with his raiser, who happens to be a teacher, and the 6th-grade class lucky enough to participate in the process. The golden retriever then moves on to more preparation with to become a guide dog, and is eventually paired with a blind man.

The author keeps the focus tightly on this animal and the people around him, but manages to slip in an extraordinary amount of information about the raising and training of guide dogs. She brings life to the narrative through details-Ira learning to ride the bus, for example, and practicing the proper way to enter an elevator so that it won’t close on his leash. The book comes to a satisfying conclusion when Ira and his new owner arrive at the 8th-grade graduation of the students who helped raise him. Myriad full-color photographs that will capture kids’ interest accompany the text.

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Guide Dogs:
From Puppies to Partners
By Diana Lawrenson
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The Two-In-One:

Walking With Smokie, Walking With Blindness
By Rod Michalko
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Dear Kilroy:
A Dog to Guide Us

By Nora Vitz Harrison

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Long Time, No See
By Beth Finke
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Venture’s Story:
Life & Times of a Guide Dog
By Diana Dawne
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Rugby & Rosie
By Nan Parson Rossiter
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Buddy:
The First Seeing Eye Dog

By Eva Moore
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Gunter:
A Guide Dog
By Marian Lund Modlin
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starHow to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With
By Clarice Rutherford
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starThe Art of Raising a Puppy:
By The New Skete Monks
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starNo Bad Dogs:
The Woodhouse Way
By Barbara Woodhouse
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starThe Dog’s Mind:
Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior
By Bruce Fogle
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Blindness
Encyclopedia of Blindness and Vision Impairment
By Jill Sardegna
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Living With Vision Problems:
The Sourcebook for Blindness and Vision Impairment

By Jill Sardegna
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Blindness:
History of a Mental Image in Western Thought
By Moshe Barasch
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Reflections:
The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France
By Therese-Adele Husson
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The Music of Silence
By Andrea Bocelli

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star Touching the Rock:
Experience of Blindness
By John M. Hull
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Touch the Top of the World:
A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See
By Erik Weihenmayer
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Twilight

Losing Sight, Gaining Insight
By Henry A. Grunwald
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Coping With Blindness:
Personal Tales of Blindness Rehabilitation
By Alvin Roberts

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Coping With Vision Loss:
Maximizing What You Can See and Do
By Bill G. Chapman
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The Imprisoned Guest
Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, the Original Deaf-Blind Girl
By Elisabeth Gitter
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Perceiving the Elephant
Living Creatively With Loss of Vision
By Frances Lief Neer

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On Sight and Insight
By John M. Hull
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A Field Guide for the Sight-Impaired Reader

By Andrew Leibs
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Compass Points:
How I Lived
By Edward Hoagland
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Planet of the Blind
By Stephen Kuusisto
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Do You Remember the Color Blue?
And Other Questions Kids Ask About Blindness
By Sally Hobart Alexander

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Sight Unseen
By Georgina Kleege
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My Friend, You Are Legally Blind:
A Writer’s Struggle with Macular Degeneration
By Charles Champlin
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star Living With Low Vision:
Resource Guide for People With Sight Loss

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Sites Unseen:
Traveling the World Without Sight
By Wendy S. David
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Braille
Braille for the Sighted
By S. Harold Collins

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The Burns Braille Transcription Dictionary
By Mary F. Burns
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