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!



Purchase Signed Books and Support a Great Cause!

Signed books make excellent holiday gifts! Order yours now from the Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore. All proceeds go directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program. 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.

To have a book personalized, simply note name(s) in the comments section on the order form. Order now!

DCI Bookstore

NITA’S FIRST SIGNS is a 2018 INDIES Silver winner!

Nita’s First Signs has been named a winner in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards earlier this month. The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2018 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. You can view all of the winners here.

“Being surrounded by the year’s best books from independent writers and publishers is a humbling and invigorating experience that we take seriously at every step of the judging process,” says Managing Editor Michelle Anne Schingler. “As the INDIES progress, our editors, and our librarian and bookseller judges, have the honor and the privilege of discovering and rediscovering independent titles that give us hope about the future of publishing and that, at their best, make us consider the world around us anew.”

Nita’s First Signs, written by Kathy MacMillan, illustrated by Sara Brezzi, published by Familius Press is the 2018 Silver Winner in the category Picture Books, Early Reader.

Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 56 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 10 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then mailed to individual librarians and booksellers charged with picking the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners.


Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the publisher of the only review journal completely devoted to independent publishing: Foreword Reviews, a Folio: award-winning bimonthly print review journal. Foreword exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, with staff based worldwide.

June Storytimes and Events

Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 AM-1 PM: Cecil County Public Library Children’s Book Festival

Location: North East Community Park, North East, MD 21901

Authors and fun family activities! I’ll be signing She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Check out the complete festival lineup here!


Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at the Martha Washington Library,
    6614 Fort Hunt Rd Alexandria VA 22307
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 2:30 PM at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 AM: Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 2:30 PM: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr., Alexandria, VA 22315

I’ll be appearing at more Fairfax County Public Library locations in July! See the full schedule here.


Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.


Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 AM: Signing at the American Library Association Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)

My co-author Christine Kirker will be signing More Storytime Magic at the ALA Bookstore. Christine will also be signing her newest solo ALA Editions title, 25 Projects for Global Explorers.

NITA’S DAY available for pre-order!

Nita and her family are back in an all-new adventure that teaches 10 basic American Sign Language signs for babies and their grownups to use throughout the day: wake up, change, clothes, eat, potty, go, play, bath, book, and bed. 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. No signing book collection is complete without Nita!

Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents

by Kathy MacMillan; illustrated by Sara Brezzi. Familius Press, 2020

Pre-order now:

Learn more about the Little Hands Signing series here!

Nita's First Signs final cover