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.
I was delighted to take “Once Upon a Sign” on the road this summer to Fairfax County Public Library in Virginia! The Burke Connection featured the program in its article on the many wonderful programs available at the Burke Centre Library. Check it out here.
“Little Hands Signing” was featured in the June 13 edition of the Carroll County Times! Click here to read the article.
Dawn Babb Prochovnic, author of the “Story Time with Signs & Rhymes” series, recently interviewed me for her blog. Find out probably more than you ever wanted to know about how I fell into ASL storytelling, learn some tips for signing with young children, and don’t forget to check out Dawn’s books while you’re there! Read the full interview here.
In conjunction with my “Little Hands Signing: Holiday Signs” program at the Eldersburg Library on Thursday, December 19 at 9:45 am and 10:45 am, the Eldersburg Advocate has published this terrific article by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf about my Little Hands Signing classes:When Kathy MacMillan was children’s services supervisor of the Eldersburg branch of Carroll County Public Library, she encountered a deaf kindergarten teacher who would come in seeking storybooks for her students. MacMillan decided she wanted to communicate with her, which led her to enroll in a basic American Sign Language course at the Catonsville campus of Baltimore County Community College. Thirteen years later, after a stint teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf, MacMillan is a certified ASL interpreter and a published author. She no longer is full-time at the Eldersburg branch, but said she still tries to host programs there monthly as substitute staff, to teach children and adults basic sign language and its benefits. “I love to go back to teach,” MacMillan said. “Everyone is welcome.”
“In her presentations at libraries, child care centers, and schools, storyteller Kathy MacMillan always makes her audience members part of the show, whether it’s getting them to move their hands like butterflies, pretend to dig for treasure, or act like dinosaurs. Incorporating music, costumes, props, and, most importantly, movement, MacMillan’s goal is to keep her audience engaged while providing them with an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL).”