Children's Services

Please visit the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service website at:

Children's Services

Reading is for everyone, and talking books are for all ages! Whether your child has a visual, physical, or reading disability, talking books can help your child discover the joy of reading. We have a great selection of children's books available, including story book classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Little Prince, popular series like Harry Potter and Junie B. Jones, and Young Adult books like The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars. Books are available in digital cartridge, braille, and BARD download formats.

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Magazines for children are available as well, including Cricket, National Geographic Kids, and Sports Illustrated Kids. Format availability varies by magazine. 

Available Magazines

NLS Kids Zone Catalog

You can search our catalog for all of our children's materials, but NLS has a great tool called the Kids Zone Catalog to specifically search their children's collection. The NLS Kids Zone catalog is an easy way to search for audio and braille books for preschool through grade 8 readers, and can be searched by popular book awards such as the Newberry Medal.

NLS Kids Zone Catalog


Talking books does not provide text books, but our collection of fiction and non fiction titles can be used for reading assignments and other curriculum requirements. Teachers can also assist your child with talking books at school. For more information about talking books in the classroom, please call 1-800-426-0709. Check the links below for accessible textbook services.

American Printing House for the Blind

Learning Ally

Learn Out Loud


Family Connect

Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Library of Congress Kids and Families

Paths to Literacy

Children's Book Lists

Go for the Gold- Olympics Book List.docx

Schneider Family Book Awards.docx

Children's 2015 Award Winners.docx

Young Adult 2015 Award Winners.docx