Louisiana Children's Braille Reading Challenge

The Louisiana Organization of Parents of Blind Children knows how important braille literacy is to the success of blind and visually impaired children.  What better way to improve your braille reading skills other than by reading braille!  Our board is excited to announce to all blind or visually impaired children in Louisiana the 2017 Braille Reading Challenge.

This challenge will start September 18th and end December 3rd. The goal of the challenge is to increase your braille reading skills--no matter what your reading level. Below is an outline of the Braille Reading Challenge Requirements. 

braille reading challenge Leader Board

  • Pre-Reader: 
    • Levi: 23 Books
    • Addison: 18 books
    • Hayden: 10 books
    • Dominic: 8 books
  • Alternative Track Students:
    • Zane: 13 Books; 36 pages
    • Trae: 3 Books; 9 Pages
  • Early Elementary: 
    • Passion: 635 pages
    • Cash: 483 pages
    • Noah: 137 pages
    • Kayleigh: 183 pages
    • Brylee: 78 pages
    • Karlee: 9 pages
    • Myla: 5 pages
  • Upper Elementary: 
    • Bryson: 917 pages
    • Jordan: 875 pages
    • Strider: 540 pages
    • Nick: 261 pages
    • Allonah: 130 pages
  • Junior High: 
    • Nicholas: 1818 pages
    • Baylee: 1454 pages
    • Trinity: 927 pages
  • High School: 
    • Donovan: 2141 pages
    • Lindsay: 1440 pages
    • Patrick: 500 pages
    • Cierra: 310 pages


Braille reading challenge requirements and details:

  • Louisiana student and/or NFBL BELL Alumni
  • Register by September 29th
  • Keep a list of book titles and page counts (if applicable)
  • Submit titles and page counts monthly (weekly, if possible) so that students can view rankings and be motivated. There will be a form at the bottom of this page to submit your child's information.
  • You may count novels or stories read as part of school activities--but, the pieces must be literary and contain a title (e.g., To Kill a Mockingbird). This means that weekly reading stories would count.
  • You should only count each story or novel one time. We want to get our students reading a plethora of braille!
  • Submit final book titles and page counts by December 8th.

challenge Categories and Reading Goals:

  • Pre-Reader: (Infant through PreK)--The parent can read to the child or assist in reading. The goal is 30 books!
  • Alternative Track Students: (Students in a non-academic program): 20 books/stories or 75 pages!
  • Early Elementary: (Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Students)--The goal is 350 pages!
  • Upper Elementary: (3rd through 5th Grade Students)--The goal is 500 pages!
  • Junior High: (6th through 8th Grade Students)--The goal is 750 pages!
  • High School: (9th through 12th Grade Students)--The goal is 900 pages!



All participants will receive a welcome packet with goodies

$5 Gift cards and/or prizes will be awarded to those who complete the challenge goal for his/her category

The top three winners in each category will receive gift cards and additional prizes:

* 1st Place -- $30

* 2nd Place -- $15

* 3rd Place  -- $10


READING standards

With fluency comes comprehension. We should always strive to get our students reading faster.  Some parents have asked what is the "norm".  Ideally, if possible, you want your child reading with two hands so that achieving these speeds is possible.

There are many reading rate charts that are available by searching the internet. Fountas & Pinnell, a commonly reading assessment tool used in schools identifies the following expected Oral Reading Rates (Words per Minute) at grade and instructional levels:

  • End of 1st grade (J-K), 75-100 WPM

  • End of 2nd – 3rd grade (L-M-N-), 90-120 WPM

  • End of 3rd grade (N-O-P), 100-140 WPM

  • End of 4th grade (Q-R-S), 120-160 WPM

  • End of 5th grade (T-U-V), 140-180 WPM

  • End of 6th grade (W-X-Y), 160-200 WPM

  • End of 7th – 8th grade (Y-Z), 180-220 WPM


reading log submission

Student's Name *
Student's Name
List the book/story titles and pages Example: Put Me in the Zoo (29 pages) My School (2 pages)
I certify that the listed titles and page counts are an accurate account fo what my child has read in braille. *
*Pre-Readers are read to--preferably from braille that they are exploring, too.