Signing Children’s Books: I Have to Go!

By John Miller  |  Friday, March 1, 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.

Kids love the book I Have to Go! Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko do a great job with this book. The pictures are awesome and the story is just fun to share with children of all ages.

Kids love to talk about bodily functions! They just do! This book is a humorous take on what happens when a little boy has to pee at the worst times. Kids love it because they get to say the word PEE… and they get to openly talk about going to the bathroom and see the adults react to it all. 

Extension Activities

I read this book often with little ones who are working on potty training. They think it is really funny! You can also find a lot of potty training activities on Pinterest.

A game that would pair well with this book is the Hasbro Toilet Trouble Game. Kids think it's fun and hilarious and love the excitement of possibly getting squirted with water by the toilet. Although we traditionally play this as a group or family game, I have also seen some kids like to play with the toilet from the game for imaginary play with dolls.

I also made mitten cookies as a treat to go along with the story. Here is a recipe I love for super cute mitten cookies by I Am Baker. The mittens fit with the snowsuit portion of the story.

Get the Pre-Built Word List for this Book!

I hope through the I Have to Go! 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 I Have to Go!

View word list of ASL signs for the book I Have to Go!

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