Last week, I posted on a few the great ASL resources available at the San Antonio Public Library! Did anyone try them out? Let me know what you liked in the comments below!
In the meantime, several more books about ASL have arrived at my local branch–here are my favorites!
Max Learns Sign Language by Adria F. Klein is a great book for preschoolers who are learning sign language. The story is simple: a boy takes sign language classes so that he can communicate better with his friend who is deaf. The illustrations are bright and colorful, the signs mentioned in the book are great, and there are even a few signs in the background (posters in the classroom where Max takes classes)–Addie (my almost-five year old) liked looking at the pictures and figuring out what signs were being used. The only drawback to this book is there is no glossary of signs in the back…if you don’t already know the signs shown, you’ll need a dictionary or an online signing site to figure them out.
One of the first things we do when we get to the library is head for the board book section. I find all kinds of fun books there! Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler is one of a few Sign and Singalong books that the San Antonio Public Library has in their catalog. The illustrations are fun and really capture my toddler’s attention. This is a common song sung to babies, so it’s helpful for parents to learn signs to go along with the words. BUT…
If I was going to BUY an Annie Kubler book (and you better believe that I am!), this is the book I would pick! The library version is a big board book (maybe 10×10″?) and features eight signs to a spread with the cutest illustrations of babies I’ve ever seen. The signs are all very useful (eat, hot, all done, bath, ball, bear, etc.)–definitely words your baby would learn first…and okay, I like that “cookie” is one of the eight food signs included in this book. 🙂 Each page has a signing tip for parents in small type across the bottom. I think I’m going to get a few of these for baby gifts!
It never occurred to me to check out an ASL dictionary from the library, since we all have easy access to the Internet now! This dictionary has a TON of words (5,000+) and we had a great time thumbing through it at class last week, looking up a variety of signs. It’s important to note that this is NOT a children’s dictionary, so there are signs for more adult topics included.