What We Do
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a small non-profit dedicated to producing free and low-cost quality braille books for children with vision loss and their families all over the world.
In 1984 Debra Bonde founded Seedlings from her basement in Detroit. She found that braille materials were scarce and expensive, and unfortunately still are, sometimes costing $100+ per book. Debra's goals were to increase the availability and lower the cost of braille books for children in order to promote their literacy skills and the love of reading.
In 2020, with a small staff, and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced nearly 30,000 braille books and articles, 60% of which were given away for free! The others were distributed at an average of just $10 a book. Since 1984, Seedlings has distributed a grand total of 608,885 books equaling over 25 million pages of braille!