Signing Children’s Books: My Animals

By John Miller
Friday, March 29, 2019

This article is part of our “Signing Children’s Books” series, which highlights children’s books and pairs them with pre-built Signing Savvy word lists to help you get started with learning and signing the vocabulary in the book. Reading and literacy is so important. By sharing these pre-built word lists, we hope to cut down on prep time for families that are just beginning to learn ASL and hope you can find more comfort in sharing literacy with our young deaf children.

My Animals by Xavier Deneux is a very simple animal book. The entire book is in black and white. Research shows that an infant’s ability to see colors is not fully developed at birth, but rather matures between five and six months of age. This book introduces images of some common animals many children’s books include, but minus the color. It’s simple to sign and fun to share with not only infants, but children of all ages.

Extension Activities

For more information on how babies see color, check out this article on the development of color vision in infants. You can also learn more about how to use printables to help babies with eye development and find more black and white images for infants and black and white animal photography on Pinterest.

Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

I hope through the My Animals word list you will feel confident to share this story with your children. You can also bring up signs on the Signing Savvy Member App using the pre-built word list as you go through the book.

Word List for My Animals

View word list of ASL signs for the book My Animals

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