Learn to Sign with Your Baby: 50 Essential ASL Signs to Help Your Child Communicate Their Needs, Wants, and Feelings is strongly recommended by Signs of Communication as the perfect way to get started signing with your child. You can read our full book review on our blog by clicking this link.
Communicate, connect, and bond with your baby with 50 essential, easy-to-learn ASL signs.
Your baby is crying. Are they hungry or are they tired? With 50 practical ASL signs that cover a child’s day, Learn to Sign with Your Baby will help you better understand your child and help them communicate with you. Author Cecilia S. Grugan, a Deaf parent, gives you detailed instructions and tips for how to master each sign, as well as helpful advice and fun activities for incorporating ASL into your life with baby. And with clear illustrations and video demonstrations for each sign, you can confidently start signing with your baby—and watch as your bond deepens and strengthens.
Learn to Sign with Your Baby includes:
- 50 of the most useful ASL signs. From “more” and “eat” to “change” and “hurt,” this book teaches the most relevant and practical terms for your daily life with baby—and makes signs for specific needs easy to find.
- Step-by-step color illustrations and video for every sign. The video for each sign can be accessed by a QR code; scan it for step-by-step guidance to confidently and correctly form each sign.
- Engaging activities make ASL fun. Play a game, sing a song—this book makes incorporating ASL into your life enjoyable and rewarding.
- Helpful tips. Tips for remembering the signs, how to effectively use them, and what to look for as baby signs back make ASL easy to learn and easy to use.
—Chana Ginelle Ewing, author of An ABC of Equality
“A delightful guide from a Deaf person’s perspective! It’s chock-full of useful information for those who want to communicate with their little ones in American Sign Language.”
—Stephanie Zornoza, founder of The ASL Shop
“This is the sign language book every parent needs for their baby. This practical, engaging guide of 50 essential signs is written from the perspective of a Deaf person raising a baby. It is thoughtfully organized in simple chapters that provide rationale for signing, tips for how to use signs, and delightful sign illustrations of vocabulary and language used in everyday routines.”
—Dr. Cheryl Johnson, owner and consultant at The ADE-vantage: Audiology and Deaf Education Consulting Services
“Insightful, authentic, and easy to follow, this book is required reading for families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and for everybody.”
—Sara Nović, author of the New York Times bestseller True Biz
“Language is critical to the development of all children. Learning basic sign language for babies and young children is beneficial for deaf and hearing children alike, along with hearing adults. We constantly communicate with children to instill language, facial expressions, and emotions. Learn to Sign with Your Baby will provide you with valuable information that will enable you to communicate with a broader audience of children, including those who are deaf!”
—Judith E. Heumann, international disability rights advocate and author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
“Helping children to communicate doesn’t have to happen by chance! In this lovely, well-articulated book, parents can find joy in nurturing confident, thriving children by giving them tools to communicate their wants and needs. I will be gifting this book to all the new parents I know.”
—Dr. Patricia Mulroy, founder and supervisor of World of Learning Institute
“This book will gently hold your hand as you enter the amazing world of communicating with your baby using American Sign Language! Filled to the brim with engaging illustrations, informative text, activity prompts, and vocabulary videos—you simply cannot go wrong with this book. As a founder of an American Sign Language program, I cannot wait to share this new resource with families!”
—Zoée Montpetit, founder of Queer ASL
“If you already follow Cecilia’s family on Instagram, you see how loving they are with their child as they navigate life as parents with experience and wisdom while using sign language. You can feel that same love and dedication while reading this book. Learn how to sign to your baby from an experienced Deaf person who gets it! Sign language is for everyone!”
—Melissa Elmira Yingst, community influencer and host of Melmira
“Finally! A book written by a Deaf author to raise your baby with sign language! Cecilia hits many important points about the Deaf community from their perspective as a Deaf person and parent. Hearing people need to read this so they don’t keep gathering myths about sign language and the Deaf community.”
—Loni Friedmann, American Sign Language instructor and DeafBlind advocate