AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE RESOURCES

Spoken across North Ameria, American Sign Language (ASL) is a beautiful and visual language that relies on facial expressions, body movement, and hand gestures to express thoughts and ideas.

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A few notes about the resource library:
First, you can click on the different items to go to the independent sites (some links are affiliate links and will take you to Amazon.com, as I am an Amazon affiliate. I only recommend products this way that I have used myself and which I have found to be useful. Affiliated links are a fun way for you to support this library without any extra cost to you. (You can find my Disclosure Policy here.

Second, I am always looking for new language resources, so if you have any suggestions, please send me an email! 

Lastly, enjoy!

 
 

Books

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Signing Illustrated
By: Micky Flodin

If you'd like an ASL reference book, this is perfect! I use this book when I a) don't want to look at the computer screen anymore, and b) need help deciphering the visual movements I see on an online dictionary. The only downside to this book is that some of the signs are a little outdated. Other than that, I love using this reference!

Don't Just Sign... Communicate!: A Student's Guide to Mastering American Sign Language Grammar
By: Michelle Jay

ASL has its own unique and complex grammar, and this book is great for breaking it down! It's a good introduction for those wanting a deeper dive into ASL. It can be a little overwhelming, so take it a chapter at a time. Still, it's one of the best resources I've found for ASL grammar. 

The Book of Name Signs: Naming in American Sign Language
By: Samuel J. Supalla 

Name Signs are an important part of the Deaf community. This book lists out what Name Signs are, how they work, and why they are so important. 

The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know
By: Tracey Porpora

I bought this book before I became pregnant, and it was so helpful in understanding the basics, as well as what the benefits are to teaching your baby ASL and a lovely outline/plan for doing so. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to - or is thinking about - teaching their newborn ASL! 

Learn to Sign the Fun Way: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking with Games, Puzzles, and Activities in American Sign Language
By: Penny Warner

Are you planning on teaching your kids ASL, but don't know how to make it fun and interesting? This book is full of ideas and fun games to help you do just that!