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 the winners of our 2018 Braille Reading Challenge.

Final Leader Board 2018

  • Pre-Reader:

    • First Place--Levi Durbyn (28 books)

    • Second Place--Hayden Ramagos (8 books)

    • Third Place--Addison Gremillion (7 books)

  • Alternative Track Students:

    • First Place for Most Stories--Zane Nehl

    • First Place for Most Pages--Trae Vallot

  • Early Elementary:

    • First Place--Cash Williams (98 pages)

    • Second Place--Logan Sykes (3 pages)

  • Upper Elementary:

    • First Place--Bryson Selby (1730 pages)

    • Second Place--Passion Augustus (895 pages)

    • Third Place--Kayleigh Horst (212 pages)

  • Junior High:

    • First Place--Nicholas Tarver (1978 pages)

    • Second Place--Baylee Richardson (1694 pages)

    • Third Place--Strider Lavern (79 pages)

  • High School:

    • First Place--Donovan Chasson (3368 pages)

    • Second Place--Lindsay Adair (1039 pages)

    • Third Place--Patrick Parker (330 pages)

Braille reading challenge requirements and details:

  • Louisiana student and/or NFBL BELL Alumni

  • Starting reading date is 8-27-18 and ending date is 11-30-18

  • Register by September 3, 2018 to be included

  • 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 40 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!

  • Middle/Junior High: (6th through 8th Grade Students)--The goal is 1000 pages!

  • High School: (9th through 12th Grade Students)--The goal is 1500 pages!



All READERS will receive a packet with goodies and a t-shirt.

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

* 1st Place -- $20

* 2nd Place -- $15

* 3rd Place  -- $10

Child's Name *
Child's Name
I certify that the listed titles and page counts are an accurate account of what my child has read in braille during the time span of Sept. 27th- and Nov. 30th, 2018: *

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