Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Debra Bonde
Primary Contact Name
Debra Bonde
Main Address

14151 Farmington Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
United States

PO Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151
United States

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 2023, with a small staff, and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced 48,254 braille books and articles, 68% of which were given away for free! The others were distributed at an average of just $10 a book. Since 1984, Seedlings has distributed over 750,000 books!

Interesting Info
  • In 2023 Seedlings was able to give away 68% of our books completely FREE! In 2024, Seedlings will celebrate its 40th anniversary!
  • Seedlings operates solely out of its small office in Livonia, Michigan with a small, tight-knit team of staff and volunteers.
  • Seedlings books are kept at a lower cost than what it takes to produce them, an average of only $10 a book.
Geographic Location

Wayne County, Detroit, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Michigan

Volunteer Opportunities


Adopt-A-Reader Today!
Repeats daily, 9am - 9pm
Duration of 12 hours
Read More

Seedlings' 2024 Online Auction
Repeats daily, 9am - 11:59pm for 3 times
Duration of 14 hours 59 minutes
Read More

Thank you to our volunteers!