Thursday, September 24, 2020

In honor of International Sign Language Day on September 23rd, we have incorporated signing into each of our Virtual Disability Playgroup sessions in September.

There are many sign languages across the world, even containing different dialects within the same language. Sign languages are an important communication tool and are almost always the primary language for the deaf community and hard-of-hearing people.

However, signing can be an effective form of communication for everyone, especially children.

Whether your child will rely on sign language to communicate, you are hoping to start communicating with your baby before they can talk, your child is non-verbal and you want to communicate or your family wants to learn more about these languages in general, I hope that you will find this compilation of books useful.

Board Books

Wow First Words: Teach Your Baby Sign Language! by Hyperion

  • With this book, babies as young as six months will be able to express simple words and concepts through signing--even before they can talk!  This is a great book for all babies and preschoolers, not just for the hearing-impaired.

Wow Feelings: Teach Your Baby Sign Language! by Hyperion

  • A unique board book teaches pre-verbal children how to communicate through fun and easy-to-learn signs so that they can let their parents know when they are happy, hungry, sleepy, and excited!

Out For a Walk: a Baby’s First Sign Book by Kim Votry and Curt Waller

  • Provides words, illustrations, and sign language for common objects.

Nita’s First Signs by Kathy Macmillan

  • Nita communicates with her parents in sign language to ask for snacks, play ball, and express love.

Hip Hip Hooray! It's Family Day! : Sign Language For Family by Dawn Babb Prochovnic

  • In this rhyming story accompanied by sign language diagrams, a child enjoys spending time with various family members, including Mommy and Daddy, Auntie Karen and Grandma Rosie, and Baby Jordon and Cousin Nikki. 

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep! by Annie Kubler

  • Teaches children how to learn sign language by singing a familiar nursery rhyme while signing along.

Children’s Books

Opposites = : Los Contrarios by Kathleen Petelinsek

  • An introduction to sign language with English and Spanish for each word.

Pets, Animals, and Creatures by Jane Phillips

  • Provides the sign language equivalent for the animal pictured.

Hands & Hearts by Donna Jo Napoli

  • Highlights the bond between a mother and her child while providing a gentle introduction to sign language during their day at the beach

Max Learns Sign Language by Adria F. Klein

  • Max takes a class in sign language so that he can talk with his friend, Susan, who cannot hear.

The Nest Where I Like To Rest: Sign Language For Animals by Dawn Babb Prochovnic

  • Discusses a bird nest and shows some sign language for different words.

The Best Day in Room A : Sign Language for School Activities by Dawn Babb Prochovnic

  • Learn to use sign language while doing fun activities in Room A.

Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman

  • Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet.

Moses Goes to the Circus by Isaac Millman

  • Moses, who is deaf, has a good time with his family at the circus, where they communicate using sign language. Includes illustrations of some of the signs they use.

The Best Worst Brother by S.A. Bodeen

  • Older sister Emma tries to be patient while teaching three-year-old Isaac, who has Down syndrome, how to communicate using sign language. Includes questions and answers about sign language.

The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language by Gallaudet University Press

  • Offers a dictionary of American sign language featuring over one thousand sign drawings with corresponding English words, usage in sentences, and illustrations, as well as an introduction explaining fingerspelling and signing. 

We Can Sign! : An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids by Tara Adams

  • Bursting with almost 200 fully-illustrated signs, memory tips, and more, this instructional aid for sign language for kids makes mastering ASL easy. Ten chapters take you all the way from sign language basics and conversation phrases to must-have vocab. Get signing today!

My First Book of Sign by Pamela Baker

  • Pictures of children demonstrate the forming in sign language of 150 basic alphabetically arranged words, accompanied by illustrations of the words themselves. Includes a discussion of fingerspelling and general rules for signing.

A Kid’s Guide to Sign Language by Kathryn Clay

  • Step-by-step instructions show how to perform useful phrases using American Sign Language

Teaching Your Baby/Child Sign Language

The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language : 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know by Tracey Porpora

  • Offers a guide for parents to teaching an infant to understand beginning sign language.

Essential Baby Sign Language : The Most Important 75 Signs You Can Teach Your Baby by Teresa R. Simpson

  • Featuring seventy-five of the most important signs babies need every day, this book helps you start signing now. These signs not only let you know what your child is trying to say, but also deepen your parent-child bond and stimulate his or her development.

Baby Sign Language Basics : Early Communication for Hearing Babies & Toddlers by Monta Z. Briant

  • Provides more than 300 American Sign Language (ASL) signs, illustrated with the same clear, easy-to-understand photos and descriptions. Baby-specific signing techniques, songs, and games are also included to make learning fun and to quickly open up two-way communication.

Baby Sign Language for Hearing Babies by Karyn Warburton

  • A practical, illustrated reference for parents explains how to teach babies a variety of simple hand signs and gestures that can ease communications between parents and young children who are unable to talk, with photographs and drawings that illustrate each sign, clear instructions, difficulty ratings, and more. 

Baby Talk : A Guide to Using Basic Sign Language to Communicate With Your Baby by Monica Beyer

  • Studies have shown that babies who are taught to use signs to express themselves before they can actually speak are more contented because they can communicate their basic needs (and ideas!) and also are more skilled at speaking once they begin to acquire language. Full of practical tips, real anecdotes, and straightforward diagrams of more than sixty basic American Sign Language signs, Baby Talk is the essential baby-signing handbook for parents, relatives, and caregivers-and their babies, who are just a little too young to express themselves verbally.