Last fall, Yvette Landry performed at the Library of Congress and played on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Landry will soon return to this national stage in book form. Yvette’s two children’s books, “Madame Grand Doigt” and “The Ghost Tree,” have been accepted into the Library Of Congress’s special collections. The books were originally accepted into the Library’s Children’s Collection during her September performances. But “Madame Grand Doigt” will now be translated into braille and become part of BARD, the Braille and Audio and Reading Download service from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The service’s youth librarian selected “The Ghost Tree,” Landry’s children’s book from 2014, for their audio collection.
Library Of Congress officials told Landry because of a heavy backlog, Landry’s books will take some time to produce. But, “They’re in the system and moving forward.”
Edmund O’Reilly, head of the library’s Collection Development Section, told Yvette that their visually impaired selections were mainly national bestsellers. But she was undeterred. “I told him both of the books are regional folk tales and that we have a very high population of individuals that are visually impaired or have Usher Syndrome,” said Landry. “I thought it would be a good thing to have those books available for those who would want to read it. He said thank you again and they’d get a copy of the books and review them. But basically, it was don’t keep your hopes up.”
Three months later, Yvette received an email stating that “Madame Grand Doigt ” is going to be produced in braille and “The Ghost Tree” will be in audio production.
In March, “Madame Grand Doigt” became a finalist in the Juvenile Fiction Category for the 2016 Forward INDIES Book of the Year Award. More than 2,250 entries were considered. Winners will be announced June 24, 2017.
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