By Carmen Willings
Although there are a number of famous people who were blind, Helen Keller is by far one of the more well known. Most people are familiar with her story from early childhood and the illness that left her both deaf and blind, but less are familiar with her later life that included contributions to the field of blindness that continue to impact people with visual impairments today. Her story is one of overcoming overwhelming odds and becoming an inspiring person for many. The following books are about or by Helen Keller.
Keller, Helen. The Story Of My Life: With Her Letters (1887-1901) And A Supplementary Account of Her Education, Including Passages From the Reports And Letters Of Her Teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan. This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. The book has occasional imperfections and missing and blurred pages due to the scanning of the original artifacts that weren't always of best quality.
Keller, Helen. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life. All the familiar stories, and some less known, are included in this autobiography. This memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
Keller, Helen. The World I Live In. In this autobiography, Helen describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the argument that the whole spectrum of the senses lies open to her through the medium of language. This edition includes her early essay "Optimism," as well as her first published work, "My Story," written when she was twelve.
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biography) Holiday House, 1992. Ages 6 and up. The biography of Helen Keller who became both blind and deaf. The story of her childhood, how Annie Sullivan taught her and the impact and achievements she made.
Lundell, Margo. A Girl Named Helen Keller. Cartwheel, 1995. This book describes the early life of Helen.
Rapporport, Doreen. Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller. This picture book biography is an introduction to the story of Helen Keller for young children.
Davidson, Margaret. Helen Keller. This bestselling biography of Helen Keller tells how, with the commitment and lifelong friendship of Anne Sullivan, she learned to talk, read, and eventually graduate from college with honors.
Hurwitz, Johanna. Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4). The story of Helen Keller is brought into a beginner reader level through this book.
Norwich, Grace. I Am: Helen Keller. This biography is part of a series featuring important people from history. This biography tells of Helen's accomplishments and features illustrations, a timeline, maps, sidebars and a top ten list of important things to know about Helen Keller.
Thompson, Gare. Who Was Helen Keller. Grosset & Dunlap, 2003. This book tells the story of Helen Keller. This illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers. It includes line drawings and sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille.
Garrett, Leslie. Helen Keller: A photographic story of a life. This biography of Helen Keller provides full-color photographs of Helen, as well as places, artifacts, definitions of key words and sidebars on related subjects.
Graff, Stewart. Helen Keller (Young Yearling Book). This biography of Helen Keller is written for children ages 8 to 12. Like others, it tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.
Lawlor, Laurie. Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. This biography of Helen Keller is written for children ages 10 and up. Like other biographies, it tells the familiar story of Helen Keller. However, Lawlor also includes lesser known information about Keller's life and views giving the reader more insight into her character.
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