|The Words by the Handful series of children's picture books teaches American Sign Language to babies through interactive stories. Each book weaves five essential signs into a story, enabling the adult reader to learn sign language while teaching babies to sign. Hearing babies can use signs to communicate effectively long before they can speak words. Providing a context for the introduction of each sign, these educational stories focus on communicating essential messages through repetition and reading aloud while encouraging long-term developmental benefits by stimulating early communication skills.
MIMI BRIAN VANCE served for nearly a decade as a U.S. Diplomat with the U.S Department of State. A native of Louisiana, she is a life-long language specialist. She teaches sign language to babies, toddlers and their families in Houston, Texas, and conducts training for pre-school teachers who want to incorporate signs into their classrooms. She has worked with the African Wildlife Foundation, Jane Goodall, the Houston Zoo, and the Black Bear Conservation Coalition.
ROSEMARIE GILLEN is an award-winning professional children's illustrator. Her books include, Sometimes I Am and Where is God, Grandfather? She has also been published in several children’s magazines. She lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and her son.
Other Titles in the Series:
Words by the Handful Boxed Set
Book and Bed: Sharing Sign Language with Your Child, a Words by the Handful Story
Boat and Bath: Sharing Sign Language with Your Child, a Words by the Handful Story
Milk and More: Sharing Sign Language with Your Child, a Words by the Handful Story