Honoring Helen Keller: A Helen and Annie Booklist

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It was on this day {June 1} 1968 that Helen Keller died in Westport, Connecticut at the age of 87. Blind and deaf from infancy, Keller circumvented her disabilities to become a world-renowned writer and lecturer.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, on a farm near Tuscumbia, Alabama. A normal infant, she was stricken with an illness at 19 months, probably scarlet fever, which left her blind and deaf. For the next four years, she lived at home, a mute and unruly child. You can read more about Helen’s life here.

I have greatly loved the story of Helen Keller all of my life. On several occasions I’ve had the chance to bring the story of Helen Keller to life for my children and our friends. Each time it is a deeply moving experience as we walk into the world of the blind and deaf.

Recently I had the pleasure of picking up Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Raul Colon at our indie bookstore Union Street Books.


The inspiring story of Annie Sullivan and her student Helen Keller has captured the hearts and imaginations of people for over a hundred years. This beautiful picture book, with excerpts of Annie’s own letters to her former teacher Mrs. Sophia C. Hopkins, shares the trials, joys, and inspirations of teaching Helen.

The telling of this story lends well to young readers as Annie opens Helen’s mind by making the world her classroom and we get to learn right along side her. Inside the pages of this well crafted story we discover Helen learning sign language, and learning to read and write in braille. It is because of Annie’s help that Helen Keller grew up to be the advocate for special needs people and a most accomplished woman of her time.

Other Helen Keller Reads:

helen keller booklist

Who Was Helen Keller? by Gare Thompson and Nancy Harrison


Helen Keller (Scholastic Biography) by Margaret Davidson and Wendy Watson


History for Kids: The Illustrated Life of Helen Keller by Charles River Editors


Helen Keller (Young Yearling Book) by Stewart Graff and Polly Anne Graff


Helen Keller: The World in Her Heart by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome


Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport and Matt Tavares


Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) by Joseph Lambert


Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller


Have you read any of these books? Have you read them as a family? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!

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