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Video Read Alouds for Kids in American Sign Language (ASL)


09/01/2022 | Online Storytime, Reading Ready

Calvin Can't Fly ASL Storybook Event Notice

Please join us at Central Library on September 25th for a showing of the unique and interactive American Sign Language (ASL) storybook, Calvin Can't Fly, the Story of a Bookworm Birdie, with presentations from students at the Indiana School for the Deaf. A reception will follow in the Riley Meeting Room. Deaf Community Services are providing interpreters for this event. Presented in partnership with: Sally is Sarah Productions, Easterseals Crossroads, Indiana Chapter of Black Deaf Advocates, and Indiana School for the Deaf.

According to the American Society of Deaf Children (ASDC), "Research shows that reading and signing stories together helps promote essential literacy skills for ALL children: deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing." This page highlights some favorites! Just click on a book cover to enjoy the story. To keep up-to-date on new releases and see a more complete listing, The ASDC maintains a running list of signed stories in their ASL Stories Directory. Use it to quickly find stories by a child’s age or by the book’s title.

Stories that are both Read Aloud and Signed (ASL):

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayLa Sombrilla GrandeA Birthday Basket for TiaThe Cake That Mack AteChester's WayClick Clack Splish SplashDavid Goes to SchoolThe Family BookFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the BedGoodnight GorillaHeckedy PegImogene's AntlersTu mama es una llama?It's OK to Make MistakesKnuffle BunnyThe Little Red HenThe Snowy DayTek the Modern Cave Boy


Stories Signed (ASL) Only:

The Book With No PicturesBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Clifford the Firehouse DogD.W. FlipsDinosaur RoarThe Duckling Gets a CookieDuncan the Story DragonGood Dog, CarlI StinkI Went WalkingIf You Plant a SeedNita's First SignsPlanting a RainbowPurpliciousThe Rainbow FishThere's an Alligator Under My BedThe Very Hungry CaterpillarWhere the Wild Things Are

Where to Find More Stories Signed in ASL:

Online and @Home Activities:

Sign with Me! Learn Basic Sign Language Together

Learning a second language is not only good for your brain, it also lets you communicate with a new group of people. American Sign Language (ASL) is spoken by around 1,000,000 people in the United States. Introduce your children to the world of signing with the books in this collection. #IndyPLKids

Can Bears Ski?

Antrobus, Raymond

The story of a little bear and his experience getting hearing aids for the first time. The author is a deaf poet and teacher and says, "It's the book I could see myself reaching for as a child."

Hands & Hearts

Napoli, Donna Jo

Beautiful illustrations of a happy day at the beach paired with sign language details.

Baby Signing

25 Key Words to Sign Together

Step-by-step instructions and QR codes to watch the baby-signing videos. Learn how to sign 25 key words together.