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Sign Language: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about sign language is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life!

My First Baby Signs book
#1
My First Baby Signs
Written by Phil Conigliaro and illustrated by Tae Won Yu
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

At six months or so baby knows what she wants, but just can’t say it yet. Until now. Baby sign language is a proven bridge between baby talk and first English, and here’s the clearest way to learn it. With pull tabs that demonstrate exactly how to make each sign, My First Baby Signs teaches parents and babies eight essential words: “all done,” “milk,” “eat,” “more,” “thank you,” “bath,” “help,” and “bed.” Just pull the tab, point to the moving sign, and say the word. Your baby will be signing in no time.

Dad and Me in the Morning book
#2
Dad and Me in the Morning
Written by Patricia Lakin and illustrated by Robert G. Steele
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Early one morning, a young boy wakes to the light of his alarm clock. He puts on his hearing aids and clothes, then goes to wake his father. Together they brave the cold as they walk down the dirt road that leads to the beach. Lakin's understated story reminds readers that sometimes the best way to communicate doesn't involve words, while Steele's watercolor illustrations show that beauty is never far away.

Nita's First Signs book
#3
Nita's First Signs
Written by Kathy MacMillan and illustrated by Sara Brezzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita's First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference. Baby sign language collections aren't complete without Nita!

ABC Baby Signs book
#4
ABC Baby Signs
Written and illustrated by Christiane Engel
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

ABC Baby Signs is a charming third installment in Christiane Engel's illustrated ABC for Me series, following in the footsteps of ABC Yoga and ABC Love. ABC Baby Signs features twenty-six of the most common, simple baby signs, such as "all done," "more," and "please," to teach babies and toddlers basic ways to communicate with their hands before they can verbalize their needs. This title features one sign per letter of the alphabet, a cute rhyming story, adorable illustrations, and sweet, illustrated demonstrations. Kids and their parents will love learning baby signs together!

Hands & Hearts book
#5
Hands & Hearts
Written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Amy Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving hands that use American Sign Language. Readers will learn how to sign 15 words using American Sign Language with the help of sidebars that are both instructive and playful. And the beautifully illustrated beach scenes will appeal both to the deaf community and to hearing parents and children, who will enjoy this gentle introduction to some basic words in ASL. Hands & Hearts is a picture book unlike any other, revealing the special bond between mother and child.

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