Signing this Saturday at the MD Renaissance Festival

I’ll be signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD this Saturday! Hope to see you there!

A smiling white women with glasses and long brown hair looks at the camera while leaning over to sign a book. She is wearing a flower crown and a blue velvet gown. The covers of Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin, Nita's First Signs, and Nita's Day appear at the bottom of the graphic. Text reads: Meet Author Kathy MacMillan. Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Page After Page Bookstore. Saturday, September 11, 11 AM-5 PM

FB_IMG_1472502550592Saturday, September 11 from 11 AM-5 PM: Maryland Renaissance Festival: Visiting Author at Page After Page Bookstore

Come learn to write your name in the language of the gods and get your signed copy of Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin! September 11 is one of two American Sign Language Interpretation Days at the festival, so I will also be signing Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day. Find me at the author tent across from Page After Page Bookstore (inside the festival village).

NOTE: Tickets to the festival will ONLY be sold online this year, so make sure to purchase yours ahead of time at



Nita’s Holidays Storytimes in ASL and English

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Celebrate the holidays with Kathy MacMillan, author of NITA’S DAY and NITA’S FIRST SIGNS as we share stories, signs, and songs!  How does Nita celebrate with her family? Watch one of the storytime videos below to find out!

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in English

(presented in spoken English with closed captions)


Nita’s Holidays Storytime in American Sign Language

(presented in American Sign Language only with no voiceover)


Find out more about the Nita books

Order signed copies of NITA’S DAY, NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, and all of Kathy MacMillan’s books to benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund

Order your own Nita doll or other custom-made doll (all proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund)

Buy Autographed Books and Support Deaf Camp Scholarships!

Order now! Autographed copies of Nita’s First Signs, Nita’s Day and all of Kathy MacMillan’s books – along with some terrific bundle deals! – are available in Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore, with all proceeds going directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program. You can even have books personalized! T-shirts and custom-made dolls are also available.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.  I am proud to be a member of the DCI Board of Directors.

Remember, signed books make excellent holiday gifts!  Order now!


Thank You Rhyme: A Rhyme to Sign

In Nita’s First Signs, Nita learns about using her manners. Here’s a fun action rhyme that reinforces the ASL sign THANK-YOU!

Thank You Rhyme: A Rhyme to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

Roll the Ball: A Song to Sign

In Nita’s First Signs, Nita loves to play with her colorful ball! Here’s a followup song to sign with young children using American Sign Language to introduce and reinforce manners signs and turn-taking.

Roll the Ball: A Song to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

Book Riot’s Best Baby Sign Language Books for Parents

Summer Loomis has posted a roundup of 6 of the best baby sign language books for parents over at Book Riot – and Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day are both featured!  Check out the complete list here.

Storytime Any Time with Nita

Missed the Nita’s Day launch celebration storytimes? Catch ’em on video below!

Nita's First Signs final coverNita’s First Signs Storytime: 

in Spoken English with closed captions

in American Sign Language


Nita’s Day Storytime:

in Spoken English with closed captions

in American Sign Language


May 5 and 12: Live Online Storytimes in ASL and Spoken English!

Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents publishes May 12, so to celebrate I am offering 4 live storytime events for the whole family! 

Facebook Live Nita’s First Signs Storytimes:


Facebook Live Nita’s Day Launch Day Celebration Storytimes:


And check out all these upcoming webinars! (Click on the graphics for more information.)




Here’s NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, presented in American Sign Language, as part of #OperationASLStorytime and hosted by D-PAN.TV: The Sign Language Channel.

(English captioning coming soon for the signing impaired.)

There are SO many wonderful ASL story videos in this collection. Don’t miss my very favorite one: a retelling of PETE’S A PIZZA by William Steig in ASL, English voiceover, and dramatic pizza play.

Free Classroom Skype Visits for World Read Aloud Day!

World Read Aloud Day, founded by LitWorld, is an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. Check out the World Read Aloud Day homepage for free resources and activity guide! You can even sign up for a free classroom Skype visit with me or another author to celebrate World Read Aloud Day! (I can present in ASL or spoken English.)


I’m so excited that Nita’s First Signs and She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised their Voices and Changed the World are featured in the Familius World Read Aloud Day Booklist!