Oskar's Book Series Wins Recognition from the National Federation of the Blind

Blind Internet Cat Wins National Federation of the Blind’s Prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award

SEATTLE, WA—The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announces Oskar & Klaus Publishing, an independent publisher based in Seattle, WA and Lincoln, NE, as the winner of the 2016 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and extraordinary accomplishments toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. Oskar & Klaus Publishing has published two books based on the fantastic adventures of Oskar, a blind cat, and his sighted cat pal Klaus. The book series demonstrate a spirit of tenacity and exploration that the authors hope to cultivate in both blind and sighted readers alike. Accepting the award, Mick Szydlowski stated, “The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award only strengthened our commitment to creating a book series that aligns with the goals of the federation by challenging readers to live lives full of limitless adventure, free from the burdens of society's prejudices, misunderstandings, and low expectations.”

Oskar the Blind Cat burst onto the scene in 2011 as an overnight YouTube sensation. Soon, Oskar’s videos garnered over 15 million views while the thrill-seeking blind kitten amassed hundreds of thousands of social media followers. Interest in Oskar’s story led to media appearances, including Time Magazine, Fox & Friends, The Ellen Degeneres Show and many, many more. Most importantly, millions of people around the world have learned that blindness  does not prevent someone from living a happy, fulfilling and exciting life.

Today, the book series is available in both print and print/braille formats at www.OSKARandKLAUS.com.

Oskar & Klaus Publishing founders, Mick Szydlowski and Travis Bossard, accepted the Dr. Jacob Bolotin award in the amount of $10,000 at the NFB National Convention in Orlando Florida on July 5th, 2016. Past winners include Apple Inc. and inventor Ray Kurzweil.

For more information about the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards Program, visit: 


About the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program

Named for a pioneering blind physician who practiced in the early twentieth century, the Dr. Jacob Bolotin awards are made possible through the generosity of his late nephew and niece. Their bequest, the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust, allows the National Federation of the Blind to provide direct financial support to people and organizations that are improving the lives of the blind throughout the United States.

Share the award-winning adventures with somebody in your life!

Also, consider donating a print or braille copy to your local library system. Access to stories that demonstrate the capabilities of confident blind characters is extremely important for both blind and sighted children.

CLICK HERE to check out the Oskar & Klaus books in both PRINT and PRINT/BRAILLE formats! Plus, get your books PAWtographed by Oskar & Klaus! 

Both Oskar & Klaus adventures are now available in Print/Braille format!

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  • Aunt Bon - July 24, 2016

    Congratulations, Oskar! You are an awesome feline! Your stories are simply the best. Love from all of us in Nebraska.

  • Sumara - July 23, 2016

    Congrats to Oskar, Klaus and your human family who brings us so many smiles and giggles through your Videos!!!!! And thank you, Klaus, for living the life you want and showing the world that the blind can be leaders to.

  • Linda Dennis - July 21, 2016

    Congratulations! What a wonderful recognition. I’m so happy you’re all doing well and enjoying life.

  • Barb Shiffermiller - July 21, 2016

    Congratulations! Good to see that all your hard work is being recognized!

  • Matthew Cook - July 21, 2016

    I have both books and they are great! This is awesome that Oskar has won this! Ijust cant wait for the next book! Great job, so cool!

  • Deborah L. Woracek - July 21, 2016

    Congratulations on a wonderful achievement!! Keep up the fantastic work! Miss you!

  • Lee Bordenet - July 20, 2016

    Congratulations Oskar and Klaus too! I love all your videos that I’ve seen and it’s great that you guys got a national award!

  • Sonja Rasmussen - July 20, 2016

    That is soooo cool! Keep up the good work, Oskar and Klaus and all your human supporters!

  • Tammy - July 20, 2016

    I am so happy that Oskar, and his best friend Klaus, are being recognized by this organization. Oscar has a way of touching people’s hearts. I have both books and they are a wonderful read for both children and adults. Congratulations!

  • Pam Drake - July 20, 2016
    Congratulations to all, Oskar, Klaus, and their human family! My spouse and I are both totally blind. What a fascinating lovable way to show that the blind, on two legs or four, can live a life filled with fun and adventure! We bought the first print book and calendar for Dave’s small granddaughter. I’m going to contact our local library about donating print/Braille copies of the books. I may be selfish, and read them first!
  • Shelly - July 20, 2016

    Congratulations on the award. They are both awesome books and help people “see” that the blind are not helpless. Oskar is a wonderful little cat, and so is Klaus of course, but not in the same way. All, even animals, are individuals with their own unique set of quirks and don’t we love them for that? Congratulations again on the award, keep up the good work.

  • andrew harvey - July 20, 2016

    Mick and Bethany you two are totally amazing. You took a blind kitten into your home and then unknowingly placed him into the hearts of the world. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • Kelly Etheridge - July 20, 2016

    Congratulations Oskar & Klaus! What a prestigious and pawtastic achievement. I love the books and love their spirit of adventure. Most of all, I love you Oskar & Klaus! Nothing but smiles when I come across your adventures in my Facebook news feed. You’re PAWESOME!!!!! <3

  • Jennifer - July 20, 2016

    That is pawtastick oskar and klaus and you too are just adoreable I ?? you guys….now you won this award…what are you going to do now, go to Disneyland ????

  • Diane Ricciardi Stewart - July 20, 2016

    GRATZ Oskar (& Klaus)!!!! That is PAWtastic!! My crew of 12 adopted/rescued kitties and I love you bunches!! ♥♥♥

  • steve poynor - July 20, 2016

    That is a fantastic achievement !!!!! too bad your just a cat and don’t have a clue. But we love you anyway.. I was thinking about you last night while one of my cats were sitting on that pumpkin toy and the other had the Klaus rocket killing it !

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