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Books for Learning Sign Language

I. Learning the Language
II. Locating Sign Language Books
III. Using This List
IV. Sign Language Books - General
V. Sign Language Books - Music
VI. Sign Language Books - Parents
VII. Sign Language Books - with a Specific Focus
VIII. Sign Language Books by Title/Author - Index


I. Learning the Language

We receive numerous requests from people looking for books suitable to help them learn or improve sign language skills. Although this list is not comprehensive, the sign language books listed are representative of different skill levels.

Learning sign language from a book is difficult. Thus, we encourage you to enroll in sign language classes and to meet deaf people who use sign language. These approaches will enhance the learning experience and provide opportunities to practice and develop fluency in a conversational setting.

Several different sign systems exist. You want to be sure that the class you take offers what you want to learn--American Sign Language; signs in English word order; or a manually coded English system.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Also referred to as ASL, American Sign Language is a visual/gestural language with vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and syntax different from English. ASL is the language of the deaf community in the United States and Canada (except Quebec)—a cultural group of people who share a common language, values, attitudes, and experiences.

Some variants of sign language combine ASL signs in English word order. Different terms have been used over the years to identify these systems, among them "Pidgin Sign English" (PSE) and "contact signing."


Manually Coded English (MCE): Several different systems have been developed to provide a visual representation of English. MCE systems are typically used in educational settings with children rather than in social interactions among deaf adults. Two such systems, Signing Exact English (Gustason, et al) also referred to as SEE II and Signed English (Bornstein, et al) are used most frequently.

II. Locating Sign Language Books

Numerous national resources in the field of deafness market sign language books, but don't overlook the resources available in your own locality. In your search for sign language books, start with your local library. A local bookstore may not carry a particular book, but can order it for you directly from the publisher. Another possibility is agencies serving deaf people. Often they may stock small supplies of sign language texts for sale. Find out if there is such an agency near you.

III. Using this List

Each entry includes a bibliographic citation and a brief description of the book. Descriptions in section one include text difficulty level, with the exception of entries which are sign language dictionaries. Those books that present American Sign Language are coded ASL, and those that present Manually Coded English are coded MCE. The remaining texts and dictionaries present sign vocabularies and are not coded.

An index of books by title and author can be found at the end of this document. This index can assist you in finding specific titles easily.

We wish you luck with your efforts to learn sign language.

IV. Sign Language Books - General

Bahleda, S. J. (2000). Fingerspelling the Real World. Cincinnati, OH: Real World Press.

Contains more than 2,000 practice words including those relating to deaf history and culture, names from popular culture, history, geographic locations, and science and nature. Also provides tips for expressive and receptive fingerspelling, and exercises for signing numerical information. Revised. Beginner/any level.

Bornstein, H., Saulnier, K., & Hamilton, L. (1983). The Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.

This 464-page hardcover book contains more than 3,000 signs and 14 grammatical markers. Line drawings of signs and written descriptions are included. Beginner. MCE

Bornstein, H., & Saulnier, K. (1984). The Signed English Starter. Washington, DC: Kendall Green Publications.
This 230-page paperback book covers 940 basic signs. Information on sign systems, the use of markers and how deaf children learn English is also provided. Beginner. MCE

Bragg, B., & Olson, J. R. (1993). Meeting Halfway in American Sign Language: A Common Ground for Effective Communication Among Deaf and Hearing People. Rochester, NY: Deaf Life Press.

This text models sign communication through sequential black and white photographs for the stories, dialogues, and poems presented. The authors suggest a generic definition of ASL that includes all varieties of language that American deaf people employ when they sign, whether among themselves or with hearing people. The text features more than 1,200 black and white photos Intermediate. ASL

Butterworth, R. R. (1995). The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing. New York: Putnam.

This revised 450-page paperback dictionary gives line drawings and written descriptions of signs. Alphabetical entries include memory aids and sample sentences.

Butterworth, R. R., & Flodin, M. (1992). The Pocket Dictionary of Signing. New York: Perigee Books.

This revised, easy-to-use dictionary is arranged in an alphabetical format. The pocket-size guide contains 450 entries with accompanying directions and illustrations.


Butterworth, R. R., & Flodin, M. (1989). Signing Made Easy: A Complete Program for Learning Sign Language. New York: Perigee.

This manual presents vocabulary in sentence format. Each sign is illustrated, and descriptions for executing signs are given at the bottom of the page. Exercises at the end of each chapter are designed to give the student practice in giving and receiving signs and fingerspelling. Beginner. MCE

Cochran, C. (1982). Signing with Cindy. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Co.

This 84-page paperback uses photographs to illustrate the manual alphabet and some basic signs. Beginner. MCE

Cokely, D., & Baker, C. (1991). American Sign Language: A Student Text (Units 1-9).
Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

This 178-page softcover book helps students acquire conversational competence in ASL. The book uses line drawings to illustrate individual signs. Videotapes of these units and two additional texts (units 10-18 and 19-27) for students are available. Also available are ASL: A Teacher's Resource Text on Grammar and Culture and ASL: A Teacher’s Resource Text on Curriculum, Methods and Evaluation. Beginner/Intermediate. ASL


Costello, E. (1995). Signing: How to Speak with Your Hands. New York: Bantam Books.

This revised 288-page paperback dictionary organizes chapters of signs by topic. Each entry includes a line drawing and a written description of the sign. This book also includes some tips on American Sign Language grammar and syntax at the beginning of each chapter. Beginner/Intermediate.

Costello, E. (1994). Random House American Sign Language Dictionary. New York, NY: Random House.

Comprehensive dictionary containing more than 5,000 signs and entries in an alphabetical format. Illustrates the different signs for different meanings of the same word. Provides step-by-step instructions showing how to form each sign.

Fant, L. (1994). The American Sign Language Phrase Book. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books.

This 368-page paperback book organizes line drawings of signs into 17 topic areas. The book is intended for people who may have some sign language vocabulary but know little about American Sign Language grammar. It is similar to foreign language phrase books used for traveling. Beginner. ASL


Fant, L. (1989). Say it with Hands. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf.

This revised 161-page paperback provides line drawings of about 500 signs. Each of the 45 lessons includes practice sentences. Beginner. ASL

Flodin, M. (1994). Signing Illustrated: The Complete Learning Guide. New York, NY: Perigee Press.

Contains more than 1,350 signs and vocabulary review exercises, arranged by category. This book takes a fast and simple approach to learning, with unique exercises designed to sharpen signing skills, enhance sign recognition, and improve recall. Beginner. ASL

Flodin, M. (1996). Signing Everyday Phrases. New York, NY: Perigee Press.

Contains more than 3,100 commonly used phrases in sign language, with illustrations, and arranged by topic. Designed to assist hospital workers, doctors, police, firefighters, emergency personnel, waiters and waitresses, and others who may need to provide special services for and communicate with deaf people. Beginner/Intermediate. ASL


Guillory, L. M. (1966). Expressive and Receptive Fingerspelling for Hearing Adults.
Baton Rouge, LA: Claitor’s Book Store.

This 42-page paperback booklet helps teach fingerspelling phonetically. Line drawings of the American manual alphabet, drill lists, a discussion of fingerspelling, and hints are included. Beginner/any level.

Grayson, G. (2003). Talking with your Hands, Listening with your Eyes: A Complete
Photographic Guide to American Sign Language. New York: Square One Publishers.

This 324-page paperback features photographs depicting over 900 signs, with additional
clarifying photos showing the handshapes used in the sign. The definitions list both the
English translation of the signs and their synonyms. Also, the book’s unique index allows
readers to look up a sign by its antonym. Includes informative insets about Deaf culture and the history of sign language. Beginner/Intermediate. ASL

Gustason, G., Pfetzing, D., & Zawolkow, E. (1993). Signing Exact English. Los Alamitos, CA: Modern Signs Press.

This revised 431-page paperback includes signs for nearly 4,000 words listed alphabetically, plus signs for letters, numbers, prefixes and suffixes. Line drawings with written descriptions are provided for each sign. A student workbook, videotapes, and a Spanish edition of the book are also available. Beginner. MCE

Gustason, G. (1983). Teaching and Learning Signing Exact English: An Idea Book. Los Alamitos, CA: Modern Signs Press.

This 470-page manual, packaged in a three-ring binder, provides activities and sample curricula for teaching Signing Exact English. Beginner/Intermediate. MCE

Hoemann, H. (1986). Introduction to American Sign Language. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green Press.

This 128-page hardcover book presents the structural features of ASL. A chapter on deafness and American Sign Language is also included. A separate workbook is available to accompany the text. Beginner. ASL


Humphries, T., Padden, C., & O’Rourke, T. J. (1994). A Basic Course in American Sign Language. Silver Spring, MD: T. J. Publishers.

This revised 288-page spiral-bound paperback presents 22 lessons, each including exercises with examples, vocabulary, and a discussion of ASL structures. An appendix provides answer keys for the exercises. Accompanying videotapes and a Spanish edition are also available. Beginner. ASL

Humphries, T., & Padden, C. (1992). Learning American Sign Language. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

This spiral-bound manual contains more than 1,000 signs and over 70 exercises for practice in ASL structure and grammar. An accompanying videotape is also available. Beginner. ASL

Kettrick, C. (1984). American Sign Language: A Beginning Course. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf.

This 200-page spiral-bound book provides a set of 19 lessons. Line drawings illustrate signs. A separate teacher’s guide is available. Beginner. ASL

Lane, L. (1990). The Gallaudet Survival Guide to Signing. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

This 203-page, revised, pocket paperback dictionary provides approximately 500 words in alphabetic order with illustrated signs and written descriptions. Beginner. ASL

Lawrence, E. (1977). Sign Language Made Simple. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House.

This 240-page hardcover includes 40 lessons with sentences, word drills and line drawings to clarify more than 1,500 signs. Beginner.

Lazorisak, C. & Donohue, D. (2004). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conversational Sign
Language Illustrated. Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books.

This 288-page paperback provides a user-friendly introduction to Sign Language. The
book teaches Contact Signing as a compromise between ASL and Signed English.
Illustrated by over 500 photographs. Includes a DVD of every signed phrase in the book.
Beginner.

Madsen, W. J. (1972). Conversational Sign Language II. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.

This 218-page paperback, designed for intermediate students, is divided into three areas: A review of basic signs and fingerspelling, English idioms in sign language, and sign language idioms. Intermediate. ASL

Madsen, W. J. (1982). Intermediate Conversational Sign Language. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.


This 377-page paperback volume offers 25 ASL lessons, each including an English paragraph with an ASL gloss, vocabulary review, drills, and sentences for translation practice. The book uniquely presents signs, represented by line drawings, in sentence form only. Intermediate. ASL

O’Rourke, T. J. (1973). A Basic Course in Manual Communication. Silver Spring, MD: T. J. Publishers.

This 158-page book offers more than 700 signs organized by handshape, location, and movement. Basic vocabulary grouped into one section, practice lessons into another. Beginner. ASL

Piskula, A. L. (Ed.). (1994). Reaching out with Sign: A Basic Sign Language Phrase Manual. Elwyn, PA: Elwyn, Inc.

Designed for teaching functional sign language skills to deaf people with developmental disabilities, the text can also be used by beginners in sign language whose goal is to communicate in ASL at a functional rather than fluent level. Good for nonreaders who want to learn signs; the text is supplemented by photographs with symbols indicating directions and movements of the hands. Beginner. ASL

Riekehof, L. (1987). Joy of Signing, 2nd ed. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House.

This 352-page hardcover dictionary presents 1,500 signs organized by topic. Each entry includes a line drawing and written description of the sign and a possible etymology. Appendices discuss ASL features which are useful in conversational signing. A set of videotapes may be purchased to accompany the book.

Shroyer, E. H., & Shroyer, S. P. (1984). Signs Across America. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.

This 285-page paperback reference book includes detailed line drawings that show how various signs are made in different locations across the United States. Intermediate. ASL

Shroyer, E. H. (1982). Signs of the Times. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.

This 433-page paperback volume organizes line drawings of 1,185 signs into 41 lessons. Each lesson gives practice sentences and English glosses and synonyms to help teach signing in English word order and Manually Coded English. Beginner. MCE

Smith, C., Lentz, E. M., & Mikos, K. (1988). Signing Naturally. Berkley, CA: DawnSignPress.

This book is based on the functional-notational approach to teaching and learning sign language, meaning that lessons are organized around everyday interaction. The curriculum includes detailed lessons and activities. Material on deaf cultural values, norms, and behaviors is also presented. A teacher’s curriculum and review videotape are available, as well as a student workbook and videotape. Beginner. ASL

Sternberg, M. (1998). American Sign Language Dictionary Unabridged. New York: Harper and Row.

This revised 1,132-page hardcover dictionary lists approximately 5,000 signs and their variations. Entries include line drawings and written descriptions of the signs, and the pronunciations, etymology and synonyms for the English equivalent are also provided. Includes foreign language indexes which cross reference seven spoken languages with the signs.

Sternberg, M. (1998). American Sign Language Dictionary. New York: Harper and Row.

This book is an abridged edition of American Sign Language: A Comprehensive Dictionary. This book contains 3,300 entries and cross-references. Each entry has a clear illustration and easily understood directions for forming and using each sign. Revised.
Sternberg, M. (1994). American Sign Language Concise Dictionary: Revised Edition. New York: Harper and Row.

This revised pocket-size edition of the American Sign Language Dictionary contains 1,500 entries of the most commonly used words and phrases in American Sign Language. Entries include clear illustrations and extensive cross-references.

Sternberg, M. (1996). Essential ASL: The Fun, Fast, and Simple Way to Learn American Sign Language. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

A pocket-sized abridged version of an ASL dictionary containing more than 700 frequently used signs with 2,000 illustrations and 50 common phrases.

Stewart, D. (1995). American Sign Language the Easy Way. New York: Barron’s
Educational Series.

This 474-page paperback includes 36 lessons for learning ASL, and line drawings illustrating more than 800 signs and their multiple meanings. Included are chapters on Deaf Culture, “facial grammar”, and the chief grammatical rules of ASL. Beginner. ASL

Tennant, R., Brown, M.G., & Nelson-Metlay, V. (1998). The American Sign Language
Handshape Dictionary. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

This 408-page hardcover dictionary organizes signs by handshape rather than
alphabetically, so that readers can look up signs that they have seen for which they do
not know the English language meaning.

V. Sign Language Books - Music

Bornstein, H., Saulnier, K., & Hamilton, L. (1984). Songs in Signed English. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.

This revised full-color song book was designed especially for deaf children. It includes eight popular children’s songs in Signed English. A 7-inch, 33-rpm record presents the songs with a simple voice and piano accompaniment.

Gadling, D., & Pokorny, D. (1979). You’ve Got a Song. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf.


This 32-page paperback presents songs with sign language, providing musical arrangements, words, and signs for nine songs.

Gadling, D., Pokorny, D., & Riekehof, L. (1976). Lift Up Your Hands. Washington, DC: The National Grange.

This 33-page paperback includes 10 traditional songs. Each song has musical arrangements, words, and sign illustrations.

Keller, C. D. (Ed.). (1995). Hymns for Signing. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

Contains ASL translations for more than 600 hymns. Useful for signers in providing better access to hymns for deaf people. ASL

Wojcio, M. D., Gustason, G., & Zawolkow, E. (1982). Music in Motion. Los Alamitos, CA: Modern Signs Press.

This children’s songbook features 22 songs in Signing Exact English. MCE


VI. Sign Language Books - Parents

King, J. F., & Kelley-King, J. (1995). American Sign Language Basics for Hearing Parents of Deaf Children. Hillsboro, OR: Butte Publications.

Each chapter of this 148-page text introduces a specific ASL concept (e.g., declarative statements, questions, timeline in ASL, word order) and provides parents with related information, exercises, and activities. Each activity section includes games and activities for use with the child and other family members. The practice section lists the English sentence and a gloss for ASL (written ASL approximation of the English sentence). Two supplemental videotapes are also available. Beginner. ASL

O’Rourke, T. J. (1978). A Basic Vocabulary: American Sign Language for Parents and Children. Silver Spring, MD: T. J. Publishers.

This 240-page paperback dictionary presents approximately 1,100 line drawings of signs in alphabetical order.


Shroyer, E.H. (1988). Signing English: For Parents, Teachers, and Clinicians. Greensboro, NC: Sugar Sign Press.

This 478-page paperback book provides vocabulary lists, illustrated signs and sentences, and activities in 41 different categories covering approximately 2,000 signs.

VII. Sign Language Books - With a Specific Focus

Caccamise, F., et al. (1975). Technical Signs: Manual(s). Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

This set of manuals was developed through the Technical Signs Project—a national system for the collection, evaluation, recording, and sharing of technical signs. Manuals range from 49-380 pages and prices vary. Each manual is sold separately:

Project Overview
Reading Technical Sign Diagrams
Mathematics
Communication: Audiology and Speech Pathology
Career Education
English
Religion/Catholic
Theater
Social Work

Costello, E. (2001). American Sign Language Computer Dictionary. New York: Random House
Reference.

This unique 288-page paperback dictionary lists signs related to computer technology.
Part of a three-part series of topical sign language references by Elaine Costello. Features
full-torso illustrations with complete definitions and clear descriptions of the signs, and
multiple cross-references for quick and easy lookup.

Costello, E. (2003). American Sign Language Legal Dictionary. New York: Random House
Reference.

This one-of-a-kind dictionary lists signs pertinent to the legal setting. Part of a three-part series of topical sign language references by Elaine Costello. Features over 1,000 signs
with complete definitions and full-torso illustrations.

Costello, E. (2000). American Sign Language Medical Dictionary. New York: Random House
Reference

This 384-page paperback dictionary includes over 1,000 signs for the medical setting, useful to patients and doctors alike. Part of a three-part series of topical sign language references by Elaine Costello. Includes full-torso illustrations and clear descriptions of the signs.

Costello, E. (1997). Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for all Faiths. New York: Bantam Books.

This revised guide includes vocabulary for effective communication in religious settings. More than 500 signs are included. The book also contains a special section of favorite verses, prayers, and blessings. A complete index and cross-references are also included.

Garcia, W. J. (1983). Medical Sign Language: Easily Understood Definitions of Commonly Used Medical, Dental, and First Aid Terms. Springfield, IL: Thomas.

This book explains medical terms and shows how to translate the English words into American Sign Language. Each entry lists the term, succinctly defines it, and places it in context. Detailed descriptions of the appropriate sign or signs follow, accompanied by clear line drawings of each sign. This guide serves as both an ASL medical phrase book and as a medical dictionary. (This book is available directly from the publisher: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62717, 217-789-8980 Voice.)

King, J. F. (1994). Underwater Communication: A Guide for SCUBA and Commercial Divers. Hillsboro, OR: Butte Publications.

Teaches how to communicate effectively while underwater. Includes vocabulary related to boats, underwater life, and SCUBA-related topics.

 

Minkin, M., & Rosen-Ritt, L. (1991). Signs for Sexuality: A Resource Manual for Deaf and
Hard of Hearing Individuals, their Families, and Professionals. Seattle, WA: Planned Parenthood of Seattle-King County.

The new, updated version of this manual provides more than 90 new terms covering sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and reproductive health. This spiral-bound book includes more than 250 vocabulary terms and over 600 photographs showing signed words and phrases.


Piskula, A. L. (Ed.). (1994). Reaching out with Sign: A Basic Sign Language Manual. Elwyn, PA: Elwyn, Inc.
Designed for teaching functional sign language skills to deaf people with developmental disabilities, the text can also be used by beginners in sign language whose goal is to communicate in ASL at a functional rather than fluent level. Good for nonreaders who want to learn signs; the text is supplemented by photographs with symbols indicating directions and movements of the hands. Beginner. ASL

Proctor, C. O. (Ed.). (1996). NTC’s Multilingual Dictionary of American Sign Language. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Co.

Contains 2,500 entries in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish—each illustrated with an appropriate representation in American Sign Language.

Shroyer, E.H. (1988). Signing English: For Parents, Teachers, and Clinicians. Greensboro, NC: Sugar Sign Press.

This 484-page paperback book provides vocabulary lists, illustrated signs and sentences, and activities in 41 different categories covering approximately 2000 signs.

Shuart, A.K. (1986). Signs in Judaism: A Resource Book for the Jewish Deaf Community. New York: Bloch Publishing Co.


This 176-page paperback volume was designed specifically for use by the Jewish Deaf community. This book includes background information and passages from the Torah and Talmud, some Hebrew or Yiddish transliterations, and English and Hebrew or Yiddish words. Signs are illustrated by line drawings. Also included are regional variations of many signs, borrowed signs from Israel, and cross references for similar signs for some words. (This book is available directly from the publisher: Bloch Publishing Co., 37 West 26th, New York, NY 10010, 212-532-3977 Voice.)

Vold, F., Kinsella-Meier, M. A., & Hilley, M. C. (1990). Signing with your Clients: A Practical Manual for Audiologists and Speech/Language Pathologists. Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press.

This book, designed for use with deaf and hard of hearing clients, shows how to sign the most frequent questions and statements used by clinicians. The manual includes more than 500 line drawings illustrating the signs for 237 sentences.

Woodward, J. (1980). Signs of Drug Use. Silver Spring, MD: T. J. Publishers.

This book provides more than 160 different signs related to drug and alcohol use. Signs are clearly illustrated and notes on the derivation of each sign are presented. A videotape to accompany this book is also available.

Woodward, J. (1979). Signs of Sexual Behavior. Silver Spring, MD: T.J. Publishers.

This book serves as an introduction to signs used by the deaf community to communicate about sexual behavior. More than 100 signs are illustrated and notes are provided on the derivation of signs. An accompanying videotape may also be purchased.


VIII. Sign Language Books By Title/Author - Index

GENERAL

American Sign Language: A Beginning Course, by Catherine Kettrick
American Sign Language: A Student Text (Units 1-9), by Dennis Cokely and Charlotte Baker-Shenk
American Sign Language Concise Dictionary: Revised Edition, by Martin L. A. Sternberg
American Sign Language Dictionary, by Martin L. A. Sternberg
American Sign Language Dictionary Unabridged, by Martin L. A. Sternberg
The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary, by Richard A. Tennant, Marianne
Gluszak Brown, and Valerie Nelson-Metlay
The American Sign Language Phrase Book, by Lou Fant
American Sign Language the Easy Way, by David Stewart
A Basic Course in American Sign Language, by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, and Terrence J. O’Rourke
A Basic Course in Manual Communication, by Terrence J. O’Rourke
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conversational Sign Language Illustrated, by Carole Lazorisak
and Dawn Donohue
The Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary
, by Harry Bornstein, Karen L. Saulnier, and Lillian B. Hamilton, eds.
Conversational Sign Language II, by Willard J. Madsen
Essential ASL: The Fun, Fast, and Simple Way to Learn American Sign Language, by Martin L. A. Sternberg
Expressive and Receptive Fingerspelling for Hearing Adults, by LaVera M. Guillory
Fingerspelling the Real World, by Suellen J. Bahleda
The Gallaudet Survival Guide to Signing, by Leonard G. Lane
Intermediate Conversational Sign Language, by Willard J. Madsen
Introduction to American Sign Language, by Harry W. Hoemann
Joy of Signing, by Lottie Riekehof
Learning American Sign Language, by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden
Meeting Halfway in American Sign Language: A Common Ground for Effective Communication Among Deaf and Hearing People, by Bernard Bragg and Jack R. Olson
The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing, by Rod R. Butterworth
The Pocket Dictionary of Signing, by Rod R. Butterworth and Mickey Flodin
Random House American Sign Language Dictionary, by Elaine Costello
Reaching out with Sign: A Basic Sign Language Manual, by Anita L. Piskula
Say it with Hands, by Lou Fant
Sign Language Made Simple, by Edgar D. Lawrence
The Signed English Starter, by Harry Bornstein and Karen L. Saulnier
Signing: How to Speak with Your Hands, by Elaine Costello
Signing Everyday Phrases, by Mickey Flodin
Signing Exact English, by Gerilee Gustason, Donna Pfetzing, and Esther Zawolkow
Signing Illustrated: The Complete Learning Guide, by Mickey Flodin
Signing Made Easy: A Complete Program for Learning Sign Language, by Rod R. Butterworth and Mickey Flodin
Signing Naturally, by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, and Ken Mikos
Signing with Cindy, by Cindy Cochran
Signs Across America, by Edgar H. Shroyer and Susan P. Shroyer
Signs of the Times, by Edgar H. Shroyer
Talking with your Hands, Listening with your Eyes: A Complete Photographic Guide to
American Sign Language
, by Gabriel Grayson
Teaching and Learning Signing Exact English: An Idea Book, by Gerilee Gustason

MCE (manually-coded English)

The Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary, by Harry Bornstein, Karen L. Saulnier, and Lillian B. Hamilton, eds.
The Signed English Starter, by Harry Bornstein and Karen L. Saulnier
Signing Exact English, by Gerilee Gustason, Donna Pfetzing, and Esther Zawolkow
Signing Made Easy: A Complete Program for Learning Sign Language, by Rod R.
Butterworth and Mickey Flodin
Signing with Cindy, by Cindy Cochran
Signs of the Times, by Edgar H. Shroyer
Teaching and Learning Signing Exact English: An Idea Book, by Gerilee Gustason

MUSIC

Hymns for Signing, by Curt D. Keller
Lift up Your Hands, by Donna C. Gadling, Daniel H. Pokorny, and Lottie L. Riekehof
Music in Motion, by Michael David Wojcio, Gerilee Gustason, and Esther Zawolkow
Songs in Signed English, by Harry Bornstein, Karen L. Saulnier, and Lillian B. Hamilton
You’ve Got a Song, by Donna C. Gadling and Daniel H. Pokorny

PARENTS

A Basic Vocabulary: American Sign Language for Parents and Children, by Terrence J. O’Rourke
American Sign Language Basics for Hearing Parents of Deaf Children, by Jess Freeman King and J. Kelley-King.
Signing English: For Parents, Teachers, and Clinicians, by Edgar H. Shroyer

(Parents whose children are in programs using manually-coded English systems will want to refer to the MCE books identified above and listed in "Sign Language Books - General" of the bibliography.)

SPECIFIC FOCUS

American Sign Language Computer Dictionary, by Elaine Costello
American Sign Language Legal Dictionary, by Elaine Costello
American Sign Language Medical Dictionary, by Elaine Costello
Medical Sign Language: Easily Understood Definitions of Commonly Used Medical, Dental, and First Aid Terms, by W. Joseph Garcia
NTC’s Multilingual Dictionary of American Sign Language, by Claude O. Proctor
Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths, by Elaine Costello
Signing With Your Clients: A Practical Manual for Audiologists and Speech/Language Pathologists, by Florence C. Vold, Mary Ann Kinsella-Meier, and Mary C. Hughes Hilley
Signing English: For Parents, Teachers, and Clinicians, by Edgar H. Shroyer
Signs in Judaism: A Resource Book for the Jewish Deaf Community, by Adele K. Shuart
Signs of Drug Use, by James Woodward
Signs of Sexual Behavior, by James Woodward
Signs for Sexuality: A Resource Manual for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals, their Families, and Professionals, by M. Minkin and L. Rosen-Ritt
Technical Signs Manuals, by Frank Caccamise, et al
Underwater Communication: A Guide for SCUBA and Commercial Divers, by Dr. Jess Freeman King

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