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 2017 Braille Reading Challenge.


FINAL braille reading challenge Leader Board 2017

  • Pre-Reader: 
    • First Place--Levi: 30 Books
    • Second Place--Addison: 28 books
    • Third Place--Hayden: 10 books
    • Honorable Mention--Dominic: 8 books
  • Alternative Track Students:
    • First Place--Zane: 19 Books; 50 pages
    • Second Place--Trae: 3 Books; 9 Pages
  • Early Elementary: 
    • First Place--Passion: 678 pages
    • Second Place--Cash: 611 pages
    • Third Place--Kayleigh: 210 pages
    • Honorable Mention--Noah: 137 pages
  • Upper Elementary: 
    • First Place--Bryson: 1301 pages
    • Second Place--Jordan: 875 pages
    • Third Place--Strider: 540 pages
    • Honorable Mention--Nick: 390 pages
  • Junior High: 
    • First Place--Nicholas: 2084 pages
    • Second Place--Baylee: 1504 pages
    • Third Place--Trinity: 1084 pages
  • High School: 
    • First Place--Donovan: 3260 pages
    • Second Place--Lindsay: 2030 pages
    • Third Place--Cierra: 563 pages
    • Honorable Mention--Patrick: 500 pages

Parent Survey

Parents, we are hoping to offer this contest annually. But, we would like your input so that we can make it the best that it can be for your children.

Parent or Teacher Name *
Parent or Teacher Name
Did your child enjoy the reading contest? *
Did the reading contest motivate your child to read more braille? *
Was it easy to report your student's reading logs? *
Did your child enjoy receiving a welcome packet? *
Is your child likely to participate again if this contest is offered again? *


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