• Happy World Braille Day 2022! – Cover Reveal – Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School

    Hyacinth and me are so excited! We haven’t finished revising the book yet, but it’s World Braille Day, and we wanted to show you the cover for Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School.

    It has both print and braille, although it’s a picture, so the braille won’t display if you’re reading this with a screen-reader. I decided I didn’t want my name on the front cover, so it has the title, subtitle, and Hyacinth Grey.

    Happy 2022 and Happy World Braille Day!

  • What do World Braille Day and Our Place have in common?
    Happy World Braille Day! ⠠⠓⠁⠏⠏⠽ ⠠⠺⠕⠗⠇⠙ ⠠⠃⠗⠁⠊⠇⠇⠑ ⠠⠙⠁⠽⠖
    This year is the third World Braille Day, and we’re happy to be able to make this announcement on the day we celebrate Louis Braille’s accomplishments and the spread of braille around the world! For a while now, Hyacinth and Michael have been working on a series of stories for people in kindergarten called “Our Place.” While we don’t have the back cover “About the Book” stuff finished yet, we’re so excited to tell you that the series is about Monica and Brad, a set of blind twins. Their stories will be both fun to read, and also educational. You’ll meet them, their family, friends, and teachers along the way, and you’ll also learn about braille! Hyacinth writes, and Michael explains braille. We don’t know when the first book will be finished, but we hope it’s before or on the next World Braille Day!
  • Site Launch
    Dear Reader, Welcome to HGB4YR, my new website dedicated to young readers. My name is Hyacinth Grey, and I love to talk about writing! I also love to write, and later this year, I plan to publish the first book in a series of books about kids in kindergarten. The first book is called “Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School.” I can’t wait to share more information with you. 🤸
  • The Journey Begins
    Thanks for joining me!
    Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Coming Soon – Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School

The coloring pages and full color illustrations are ready, but we’re still working on the text of the book.

About the Book

Brad and Monica are five-year-old twins, and they’re just about to start school. Both of them are blind, so they will learn to read and write braille. At school, they meet Mrs. Perkins, their teacher, and Mr. Ishikawa, a teaching assistant. They make new friends and have fun singing. The only problem is that one of them doesn’t like reading, and the other one hates math!

Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School is written in both print and braille. It is an engaging and educational story, and readers of all ages will have fun learning how braille works.

The print, braille, and illustrations in this book are all in a visual form, so this book is not accessible to tactile readers. For updates on this topic, please visit:


About the Author

Hyacinth Grey loves to write. Her husband, Michael, is blind, and together they want to tell a story that also teaches about braille.

For a free coloring book of the pictures in this story, and for announcements of more stories about Brad and Monica, please visit Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers.