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Let’s Discuss “Nita’s First Signs” with Kathy MacMillan
Welcome back, listeners!
In today’s extra special episode, writer, national certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan joins the Reading with Your Kids podcast to talk about her children’s picture book, Nita’s First Signs (Little Hands Signing).
Nita’s First Signs is a wonderful introduction to the world of American Sign Language for children. Nita’s First Signs demonstrates the value and fun of learning sign language for ALL infants, toddlers children AND adults, regardless of whether they are Deaf or hearing or hard of hearing.
Tune to learn more about Nita’s First Signs & Kathy’s journey to become a writer for these educational books!
Learn more about the Author
Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (2016) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award, and its companion novel, Dagger and Coin (2018) has been called a “complex feminist fantasy” by author Heidi Heilig. Kathy serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
She is also the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series from Familius Press, as well as eight resource books for educators, librarians, and parents, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013).
More about Nita’s First Signs (Little Hands Signing)
Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita’s First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference. Baby sign language collections aren’t complete without Nita!
Click the Amazon link below to grab your copy of Nita’s First Sign today!
In this episode, you’ll find out
- More about Nita’s First Signs
- What inspired Kathy to learn American sign language
- Reasons You Benefit From Knowing Sign Language
- Some of the powerful benefits of being bilingual that’ll change your life
- Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was a finalist for 2017 Compton Crook Award, and its sequel, Dagger and Coin, will be published in October 2018.
- What is Kathy currently working on, a message they would like to share with their readers and much more.
A big thank you to Kathy for joining us and for sharing her wonderful book with us!
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