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Appropriate for adults who are completely new to signing, this authoritative guide on sign language helps them engage with children up to age five, regardless of their hearing ability. Each of the eight chapters contain a variety of activities, such as games, finger plays, songs, and crafts, which help children develop language learning, improve communication and self-expression, and raise their self-esteem. All vocabulary comes from American Sign Language (ASL), a language with formalized grammatical conventions that stimulates language centers of the brain. Illustrations of the relevant signs are prominently featured throughout the book, and the activities have all been tested in the author's own "Little Hands Signing" classes since 2006.

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Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is the author of the Young Adult fantasy novel SWORD AND VERSE (HarperCollins, 2016) , as well as multiple resource books for librarians and parents, including LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS (Huron Street Press, 2013) . A writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, librarian and signing storyteller, she holds National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Her diverse career includes working as a children's librarian at public libraries, working a school librarian at the Maryland School for the Deaf, leading the Eldersburg Library Bookcart Drill Team, and performing as Scooby-Doo, Velma, and a host of other characters at a theme park. She lives in Owings Mills, MD with her husband and son. Find out more about her books at www.kathymacmillan.com.

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