Books (Real)

Hello Friends! Hands & Voices is here to support you and your family with whatever journey you are on with your DHH child.

This week for #TogetherThursday we will be exploring Books!

If you’ve ever worked or chatting with me as a Teacher or as a friend you know that I am all about books. We had a previous Together Thursday about digital books! This week we’ll dive into the importance of literature in general, but also the power of not simply the “words” but the stories, visuals and routines around reading. 

  • One of my favorite articles is called “How to Raise a Reader”: Link

Key Takeaways: Start Early, Make Reading Enjoyable and Accessible, and FORMAT DOESN’T MATTER

Comics, Tablet, Board Book, Texture Book, Wordless, Thick Chapter Books, High Visuals, simple black and white drawings at the beginning of the chapter, all valid. Reading is reading.

  • If you’re looking for recommendations for books here is a list that gets updated with Deaf/Hard of Hearing characters: Link 

In addition, as we come up to “Read Across America” month in March, there is a fantastic Instagram account run by a Teacher who is focusing on transformative titles: Link

Find them at your local library, online through Google Play Books, Amazon Books/Kindle, Vooks and more!

A few of my favorite books are:

  • “Boy” which features a Deaf character- Link
  • Indestructibles which have inclusive characters and have visuals for many common nursery songs and rhymes: Link

For our older children:

  • “Wonderstruck” which features a Deaf character- Link

Whats your favorite story to share with your Deaf Child?

Together we can,

Ms. Leslie