*****Highly recommended first sign language book! I purchased this book for my one year old signing son as soon as it came out and am very pleased I did. It’s an excellent book for teaching the ABC’s to small children whether or not you want to incorporate signing into your child’s life. The artwork is silly and creative for ABC’s. It’s not your typical “A is for apple” stuff. The kid centered ideas in the front of the book (for using the sign language alphabet) are great. This would be a unique and exciting gift idea for best friends who are a little older- say kindergarten and elementary age- and would get a kick out of having a “secret” language and being able to “talk” in quiet places! I think the signs are easy to interpret and the book perfectly matches is purpose. ~Kelly the Garden Teacher, B&N.com
I just had my second child and received these five board books as a baby gift. We were also given “Sign Language for Kids” so our 4 yr old can learn more sophistocated signs. What a perfect gift! We LOVE these books and are so excited to be learning a little sign language together at home. ~Dana in NJ
Reviews of Lora’s Books:
EXCELLENT! I bought this book as an enrichment resource to share with my grandchildren. I am very impressed! Photos are beautiful. They are large and clear, making it easy to accurately learn the basics of signing – an excellent way to nurture empathy in a child! Common words and expressions are covered, as well as a section on connecting words into sentences. ~Grandma Joyce, 10/2/10
FAVORITE SIGN BOOK!
My daughter really likes Lora Heller’s “Baby Fingers: I’m Feeling. . .” board book. There are several books in this series and I haven’t had a chance to get the rest of them, yet. But I’m planning on buying this series because it’s so good. And I’m very picky! It has pictures of toddlers and children making the sign and then a description of the sign beside it. My daughter likes to copy the kids in the pictures.
~Holly in VA, 11/9/07
Sign Language for Kids: A Fun & Easy Guide to American Sign Language (June 2004)
“Heller, a master’s level teacher of the deaf, proves she really knows her stuff in this well-thought-out book, which delves into the subject with zest and has a subtitle that’s right on the mark. Kids will use this guide on their own, and teachers can use it in class. Even readers older than the target audience will come away greatly enriched and informed.”
~Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist Starred Review
Baby Fingers: Teaching Your Baby to Sign (September 2004)
Barnes & Noble Customer Review: (5 stars) “Babies love it!” My daughter loves this book. She loves the pictures of other babies and young children, and she loves to sign. This is a great way to teach yourself and your baby the first words.
The Best Board Book Series
Finally, a board book series teaching REAL AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE through photos of REAL kids signing. These are beautiful, and my baby is now signing. So cool.
~Lillian, a mom and former day care teacher, 10/11/2006
Sign Language for ALL Kids!
I just purchased Sign Language for Kids for my school library and several personal copies to give as gifts. This is a fabulous book that includes signs for ALL kids, a range of ages, ethnic backgrounds, abilities… it’s the best I’ve seen.
~Marian the Librarian, a K-8 school librarian, 11/25/2006