Resources for Signing in Storytime or the Classroom

The following resources are ones that I personally recommend and are not a comprehensive list of available resources on this topic.

10 ASL Signs for the Classroom (7:45): A video guide.

1001 Books in ASL: Favorite picture books with multiple translation options including word-for-word, full ASL, and visual gesture/mime.

American Sign Language (ASL) in Your Library by Renee Grassi. Association for Library Service to Children blog, December 26, 2013: An overview of useful resources for incorporating ASL into library services.

ASL Bingo cards: Printable bingo cards featuring the American manual alphabet and numbers.

ASL Nook: Featuring a family of native ASL users, each short ASL Nook video centers on a theme, from school signs to patriotic signs to animal signs, presenting language in context, showing the adults and children interacting.

ASL Storytelling Library: A project of Crossroads, a collaboration between Education Service Center Region 11, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf, this collection of videos features picture books interpreted in ASL, with accompanying vocabulary videos.

ASL Tales: The Princess and the Pea by Alicita Rodriguez and Joseph Starr and Pinky Aiello. Book and DVD, 2008.

ASL Tales: The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Susan Schaller and Connie Clanton and Dee Clanton. Book and DVD, 2013.

ASL Tales: Rapunzel by Judy Hood and Pinky Aiello. Book and DVD, 2008.

ASL Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare by Susan Reiners and Daniel Winship and Alisha Bronk . Book and DVD, 2013.

Baby’s Favorite Rhymes to Sign by Penny Warner. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010.

DB Central’s Story Time Virtual Book Readings:  A project of Central Michigan University’s CHARGE Syndrome Research Lab, this series includes book readings, with ASL interpreting, corresponding vocabulary videos, and lesson plans.

Elephant Game: A fun visual; game for groups.

The Gallaudet Children‘s Dictionary of American Sign Language: A browsable video version of the classic resource, featuring child and teen sign models.

Gallaudet font: A downloadable font of the American Manual alphabet and numbers 0-10.

Group Management Signs (1:24): A video from Kathy MacMillan.

Kathy MacMillan YouTube Channel: ASL resources for educators and librarians.

“Keep ‘Em Reading: Deaf History Month and ASL” by Kathy MacMillan. Library Sparks web resource, May 2006: Recommended resources for teachers and librarians, along with games and activities suitable for the classroom or programs.

Learn to Sign the Fun Way: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking with Games, Puzzles, and Activities in American Sign Language by Penny Warner.  Prima, 2001.

Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together by Kathy MacMillan. Hands Up Press, 2023: A resource guide for caregivers and educators for signing with all children ages birth-6 to support early literacy.

Little Hands Signing Storytime & Craft Ideas Pinterest Board: Kathy MacMillan’s collection of  favorite ideas from around the internet for sharing ASL with kids, along with links to her own videos showcasing signing rhymes and songs.

Mealtime and Bedtime Sing and Sign by Anne Meeker Miller. Da Capo Press, 2008.

Nita’s Day Teacher/Librarian Guide: Suggestions for sharing Nita’s Day in storytime or the early childhood classroom, with tips and related activities.

Nita’s First Signs Teacher/Librarian Guide: Suggestions for sharing Nita’s First Signs in storytime or the early childhood classroom, with tips and related activities.

Once Upon a Sign series. DVD. Many favorite fairy tales available. DawnSignPress, 2015.

Once Upon a Sign: Using American Sign Language to Engage, Entertain, and Teach All Children by Kim Taylor-DiLeva. Libraries Unlimited, 2011.

Rocky Mountain Deaf School Toddler Program ASL Storytelling YouTube Channel: Stories for young children in American Sign Language.

Sign, Sing, and Play! Fun Signing Activities for You and Your Baby by Monta Z. Briant. Hay House, 2006.

Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom by Kirsten Dennis and Tressa Azpiri. Redleaf Press, 2005.

Signs for Me: Basic Sign Vocabulary for Children, Parents, and Teachers by Ben Bahan and Joe Dannis. DawnSignPress, 1990.

Signing Savvy: This online video dictionary of signs is clear, accurate, and easy to use. Though the search function on the site is limited to subscribers, you can access as many signs as you want through the alphabetical index, or go to Google and search signing savvy + the term you are looking for.

Signing Time: The online home of the highly recommended “Signing Time” DVD series features downloadable song lyrics, FAQ pages, and lots of activities for kids.

Signing with Children in Storytime or the Classroom: A 6-week asynchronous eCourse from the American Library Association, taught by Kathy MacMillan.

Signing with your Preschooler (1:53): A video from Kathy MacMillan.

Simple Signing with Young Children: A Guide for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teachers by Carol Garboden Murray. Gryphon House, 2007.

Songs for Little Hands Activity Guide and CD by Monta Z. Briant and Susan Briant. Hay House, 2008.

Start to Finish Storytimes from Dawn Babb Prochovnic: The author of 16 picture books in the Story Time With Signs & Rhymes series provides detailed lesson plan/storytime ideas for each book.

TN Deaf Library YouTube Channel: Signing Story Time videos featuring a variety of themes.

Try Your Hand at This!: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs by Kathy MacMillan. Scarecrow Press, 2006.

See also:

Resources for Signing with Babies and Young Children

Picture Books About American Sign Language and Deaf Culture