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American Sign Language Dictionary, Abridged Edition. Martin Sternberg, $31.00

A must for parents, instructors, and students, American Sign Language Dictionary includes everything you need to know to communicate clearly using ASL. This illustrated abridgment of the most authoritative reference book on sign language features more than 5,000 signs and 8,000 illustrations, as well as clear, detailed instructions to help you master each sign.



The American Sign Language Phrase Book with DVD, 3rd Edition. Lou Fant & Barbara Bernstein Fant, $29.95

The American Sign Language Phrase Book is the reference guide to everyday expressions in American Sign Language. Clearly illustrated with hundreds of line drawings, this book focuses on areas such as health, family, school, sports, travel, religion, time, money, food and drink, and small talk. This edition's new chapter on technology boasts 50 signs to help you communicate about the Internet, computing, video relay, and more. There is even a chapter that gives you signs for communicating about signing: asking people to sign slower, indicating your finger-spelling ability, and requesting help with your fledgling skills. From asking simple questions to more complex phrases, The American Sign Language Phrase Book gives you the power to communicate easily and comfortably in ASL.

The accompanying DVD features more than 500 ASL phrases, with right and left handed signers demonstrating every phrase in the book from Chapter 3 through the appendix.

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The Canadian Dictionary of ASL. Carole Sue Bailey & Kathy Dolby, $100.00

Developed in conjunction with the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, this comprehensive new dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL) has over 8700 signs, many unique to Canada. Material for this extensive work has been drawn from many sources and includes input gathered from members of Canada's Deaf community over the past twenty years. The Canadian Dictionary of ASL offers clear illustrations and sign descriptions alongside English definitions, making it a valuable reference for Deaf and hearing users alike. Authoritative and up-to-date, The Canadian Dictionary of ASL will prove to be the standard reference for years to come.


The Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary. Harry Bornstein et al, Editors, $49.95

The Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary is the premier volume of the Signed English series. This complete dictionary more than 3,100 signs, including signs reflecting lively, contemporary vocabulary.

The American Manual Alphabet, numbers, and sign markers all are located in the front of the book for easy reference. Other sections provide a general description of the Signed English system, its logic, and its use.


The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language. Clayton Valli, Editor in Chief, $68.95

  • More than 3,000 ASL Sign Illustrations
  • Fully Searchable Full-Color DVD Featuring Every Sign
  • Special ASL Classifier Section
  • Complete Index of English Synonyms for Every Sign

The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language contains more than 3,000 illustrations — the most useful selection of signs to be found in any single ASL reference resource. Each sign illustration, including depictions of finger-spelling when appropriate, incorporates a complete list of English synonyms. A full, alphabetized English index enables users to cross-reference words and signs throughout the entire volume. The full-color DVD included with this dictionary features a diverse group of native ASL signers demonstrating how to form each of the 3,075 signs. Fully searchable, users can view a sign and quickly go to its synonyms. This and the many other exclusive features in The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language combine to make it the outstanding ASL reference for all instructors, students, and users of ASL.

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The Joy of Signing, 3rd Edition. Lottie Riekehof, $39.99

The Joy of Signing is one of the most comprehensive guides available for mastering the current basic signs used to communicate with deaf people in either the word order of the English language or in the American Sign Language pattern. Families as well as professionals will appreciate this manual's conceptually based vocabulary. This edition provides basic vocabulary needed for persons entering interpreter training programs. Over 1,500 signs are clearly illustrated and grouped by chapter into their natural categories. Special Features:

  • Easy-to-understand instructions and descriptions
  • Helpful line drawings for each sign
  • Sections include the history of sign language, the art of signing, language patterns of signs, and an illustrated guide for finger-spelling

The Kids' Pocket Signing Guide: the Simple Way to Learn to Sign Using Everyday Phrases. Mickey Flodin, $16.50

Featuring easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for the most commonly used phrases and an extensive index for easy reference, The Kids’ Pocket Signing Guide is organized by general topic, enabling children to converse with hearing-impaired friends and family members on such subjects as:

  • Pets and animals
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Travel and holidays
  • Snacks and food
  • Numbers and money
  • Clothes and colors
  • Nature and science
  • Time and weather
  • School and careers
  • And much more

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Learn American Sign Language: Everything You Need to Start Signing. James Guido, $27.95

American Sign Language (ASL) is a vibrant, easy-to-learn language that is used by approximately half a million people each day. Current with the latest additions to ASL and filled with thousands of brand new photographs by deaf actors, Learn American Sign Language is the most comprehensive guide of its kind.

With it, you will be able to:

  • Learn more than 800 signs, including signs for school, the workplace, around the house, out and about, food and drink, nature, emotions, small talk, and more
  • nlock the storytelling possibilities of ASL with classifiers, easy ways to modify signs that can turn "fishing" into "catching a big fish" and "walking" into "walking with a group"
  • Find out how to make sentences with signs, use the proper facial expressions with your signs, and other vital tips

Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. Kathy MacMillan, $19.95

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). Illustrations of the relevant signs are prominently featured throughout the book.

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My First Book of Sign. Pamela Baker, $33.95

Pictures demonstrate young children using signing 150 basic alphabetically arranged words, accompanied by illustrations of the words themselves. Includes a discussion of finger-spelling and general rules for signing.


The Signed English Starter: a Beginning Book in the Signed English System. Harry Bornstein & Karen Saulnier, $20.95

The Signed English Starter is the first book to use when learning Signed English. It contains 940 basic signs presented topically, a method especially suited to beginning signers.

The organization of the volume facilitates learning. It provides a basic, functional sign vocabulary; a systematic progression in the use of the 14 sign markers; discussion of the unique features of a manual English system; a glossary of terms; and a page of exercises following each of the 12 chapters in the book. The words have been selected to be of most value to young children.


The Signing Family: What Every Parent Should Know about Sign Communication. David Stewart & Barbara Luetke-Stahlman, $36.50

Parents of deaf children concerned with finding the best means of communication for their family will welcome the straightforward, reader-friendly information found in The Signing Family. In a style both positive and pragmatic, authors Stewart and Luetke-Stahlman employ common-sense reasoning to establish the importance of teaching deaf children language fundamentals as early as possible. This essential book for parents continues by explaining why the visual-gestural nature of signing is generally the best language mode for deaf children.

Asserting that the choice of sign communication depends upon the specific needs of each family, The Signing Family shows parents how to create a set of goals for signing centered around the needs of their deaf child. Individual chapters follow that describe in even-handed terms the major signing options available: American Sign Language, Signed English, Signing Exact English, and Contact Sign. Readers will learn how each of these signing methods originated and, in the case of English signing systems, why they were created and what they are meant to impart to deaf children. Armed with the thorough information supplied by The Signing Family, parents can determine how each type of signing maps onto their goals for themselves and their child, both within the family and in the educational system.

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Signing for Kids: the Fun Way for Anyone to Learn American Sign Language, Revised. Mickey Flodin, $20.00

With helpful hints, tips and an extensive index, Signing for Kids is a terrific book for beginners or for those who want to brush up on their signing skills. This revised, expanded version includes a new section on computer and technology terms.


Signing Illustrated: the Complete Learning Guide. Mickey Flodin, $20.00

Here is the complete learning guide that teaches American Sign Language by "category," the most popular and preferred method of teaching and learning. This easy-to-use guide is updated and expanded to include new computer and technology signs and offers a fast and simple approach to learning. Includes:

  • Vocabulary reviews
  • Finger-spelling exercises
  • Sign matching and memory aids
  • A complete glossary and a comprehensive index
  • Clear instructive drawings

Time to Sign: Sign Language for Kids. Kathryn Clay, $9.95 (ages 5-9)

This helpful kid-friendly guide teaches the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). Kids will learn hundreds of words and phrases to help them communicate in everyday situations. Instructions on how to fingerspell the alphabet provides a good base to get started. It's time to sign!

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Complete Booklist

Signing Resources/Adults

American Sign Language Dictionary, Abridged Edition. Martin Sternberg, $31.00

The American Sign Language Phrase Book with DVD, 3rd Edition. Lou Fant & Barbara Bernstein Fant, $29.95

The Canadian Dictionary of ASL. Carole Sue Bailey & Kathy Dolby, $100.00

Come Sign with Us: Sign Language Activities for Children, Revised Edition. Jan Hafer & Robert Wilson, $45.95

The Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary. Harry Bornstein et al, (eds), $49.95

Concise American Sign Language Dictionary. Elaine Costello, $10.99

The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language. Clayton Valli, Editor, $68.95

The Joy of Signing, 2nd Edition. Lottie Riekehof, $32.50

Learn American Sign Language: Everything You Need to Start Signing. James Guido, $27.95

Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. Kathy MacMillan, $19.95

The Signed English Starter: a Beginning Book in the Signed English System. Harry Bornstein & Karen Saulnier, $20.95

The Signing Family: What Every Parent Should Know about Sign Communication. David Stewart & Barbara Luetke-Stahlman, $36.50

Signing Illustrated: the Complete Learning Guide. Mickey Flodin, $21.00

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Signing Resources for Kids

Come Sign with Us: Sign Language Activities for Children, Revised Edition. Jan Hafer & Robert Wilson, $45.95

The Kids' Pocket Signing Guide: the Simple Way to Learn to Sign Using Everyday Phrases. Mickey Flodin, $16.50

My First Book of Sign. Pamela Baker, $33.95

Signing for Kids: the Fun Way for Anyone to Learn American Sign Language, Revised. Mickey Flodin, $20.00 (8 and up)

Time to Sign: Sign Language for Kids. Kathryn Clay, $9.95 (ages 5-9)

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