Signing Children’s Books: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

By John Miller  |  Thursday, December 6, 2018

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.

Children everywhere love the story of how Rudolph and his glowing red nose guided Santa’s sleigh through the night skies on a blustery Christmas Eve long ago. This classic has since been made into several books and movies.

See Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer signed:

Choosing Signs

As with any name, the first time you will need to fingerspell R-U-D-O-L-P-H and then either set him up in space OR create an assigned sign name with the children so that you can use that for the rest of the story. I have used a R handshape on the nose, or the sign for deer with R handshapes. Normally we have a discussion about it together, and the children decide what they think Rudolph's assigned sign name should be.

Extension Activities

There are many nice signing activities you can do with this book and song. For a great recipe that goes with the theme of this book, see my article Cooking Up Language with Signs: Peanut Butter Reindeer / Rudolph Cookies.

Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

Use the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer pre-built word list to help you as you experience this magical story. Have fun with it!

Word List for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

View word list of ASL signs for the book Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

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