Wednesday, October 23, 2019

American Sign Language for Kids: 101 Easy Signs for Nonverbal Communication

American Sign Language for Kids: 101 Easy Signs for Nonverbal Communication is a well made tutorial for caregivers, teachers, and other resource people for learning and using simple ASL especially with children. Released 8th Oct 2019 by Rockridge Press, it's 176 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.

This is a appealing and well illustrated book for learning and teaching young people some basic ASL. The introduction gives some background info as well as a 'how to use this book' walk-through.  The following chapters introduce some of the history of ASL (as well as SEE and PSL) some of the benefits of learning and using ASL in the family, as well as how to efficiently make a habit of using ASL as well as finding (or forming) a support network.

The book introduces signs gradually starting with 10 basic and important signs: drink, food, mom, dad, me, bathroom, home, yes, no, and I love you. Later chapters cover family and feelings, mealtimes, at home (clothes, household items and situations), playtime, conversation, alphabets and numbers. The book also includes a nice bibliography, resources (with active hyperlinks), and some cool learning activities.

For Kindle Unlimited subscribers; this title is available in the KU subscription to borrow and download for free. It's also worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is a very resource rich, accessible, and fun book for learning ASL together with youngsters. It would also make a superlative library book (school, classroom, public) or extracurricular activity (scouting, etc).

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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