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Can You Hear a Rainbow? The Story of a Deaf Boy Named Chris. Jamee Riggio Heelan, illustrated by Nicola Simmonds, $23.95

Follow along as Chris tells the story of how he learned to communicate without hearing.


Choices in Deafness: a Parents' Guide to Communication Options, 2nd Edition. Sue Schwartz, Editor. $34.50

An unbiased and thorough guide to deaf education, providing an overview of the different choice faces families today:

  • Auditory-Verbal Approach
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Approach
  • Cued Speech
  • Oral Approach
  • Total Communication

Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: a Developmental Guide. J.M. McInnes & J.A. Treffry, $35.95

This is a comprehensive reference guide for teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals working or living with children who are both deaf and blind. It provides day-to-day guidance and suggestions about techniques and methods for assessing children with multi-sensory deprivation, and for devising programs to help them cope.

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Deaf Cognition: Foundations and Outcomes. Edited by Marc Marschark & Peter Hauser, $61.95

Deaf Cognition examines the cognitive underpinnings of deaf individuals' learning. It contributes to the science of learning by describing and testing theories that might either over or underestimate the role that audition or vision plays in learning and memory, and by shedding light on multiple pathways for learning. International experts in cognitive psychology, brain sciences, cognitive development, and deaf children offer a unique, integrative examination of cognition and learning, with discussions on their implications for deaf education. Identifying similarities and differences among these domains provides new insights into potential methods for enhancing achievement in this traditionally under-performing population.


Educating Deaf Students: From Research to Practice. Marc Marschak, Harry Lang & John Albertini, $26.95

By evaluating what we know, what we do not know, and what we thought we knew about learning among deaf children, the authors provide parents, teachers, and administrators valuable new insights into educating deaf students and others with special needs.


El Deafo. Cece Bel, $13.95

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful — and very awkward — hearing aid.

The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear — sometimes things she shouldn’t — but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

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Elana's Ears or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World. Gloria Roth Lowell, $13.95 Ages 3-8

Lacey is the family dog. One day, her life of luxury is disrupted when a new baby comes home. When the family realizes that this baby can't hear, her "sister" Lacey, the dog, is there to help protect her and become her hearing ear dog.


I Am Deaf. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Marta Fàbrega, $8.99

Lana is 10 years old and she is deaf. In this story, she describes what it’s like to be deaf and she talks about some of the things she uses to help her learn at school and communicate with her teachers and friends.


I Can Hear You Whisper: an Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. Lydia Denworth, $18.00

An investigation into the science of hearing, child language acquisition, neuroplasticity, brain development, and Deaf culture. 

Lydia Denworth’s third son, Alex, was nearly two when he was identified with significant hearing loss that was likely to get worse. Her sweet boy with the big brown eyes had probably never heard her lullabies. In her drive to understand the choices — starting with the angry debate between supporters of American Sign Language and the controversial but revolutionary cochlear implant — Denworth soon found that every decision carried weighty scientific, social and even political implications.  As she grappled with the complex collisions between the emerging field of brain plasticity, the possibilities of modern technology, and the changing culture of the Deaf community, she gained a new appreciation of the exquisite relationship between sound, language and learning. It became clear that Alex’s ears — and indeed everyone’s — were just the beginning.

An acclaimed science journalist as well as a mother, Denworth interviewed the world’s experts on language development, inventors of ground-breaking technology, Deaf leaders, and neuroscientists at the frontiers of research.  Weaving together tales from the centuries-long quest to develop the cochlear implant and simultaneous leaps in neuroscientific knowledge against a tumultuous backdrop of identity politics, I CAN HEAR YOU WHISPER shows how sound sculpts our children’s brains and the life changing consequences of that delicate process. 

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I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf. Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, $8.50

For children ages 4-8, this lovely picture book tells the story of a very special sister who can say more with her eyes, and body language than most people can with words. A great book for explaining deafness to young children.


If a Tree Falls: a Family Quest to Hear and Be Heard. Jennifer Rosner, $24.95

When her daughters are born deaf, Jennifer Rosner discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. Rosner shares her journey into the modern world of deafness decisions to be made about hearing aids, cochlear implants and sign language. It is at heart a story about whether she — a mother with perfect hearing — will hear her children.


Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: a Treasury of Fun Activities Toward Better Behavior. Daria Medwid & Denise Chapman Weston, $52.50

This practical guide offers step-by-step ideas and activities to help parents help their children to enhance communication, develop problem-solving skills, manage behavior and improve social skills. For parents of children 3-12 years, this is a positive parenting manual that is a great resource for deaf and hard of hearing families.


Laurie. Elfi Nijssen & Eline van Lindenhuizen, $24.95 (ages 4-8)

A cheerful story with bright illustrations about a girl who describes what it is like not to hear well.

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Let’s Hear It for Almigal. Wendy Kupfer & Tammie Lyon, $18.95

Meet Almigal, a spunky little girl with a BIG personality who’s determined to hear “every single sound in the whole entire universe!” Most of all, Almigal wants to hear her Mommy and Daddy whisper “We love you Almigal” when they tuck her in at night.

Almigal’s spirit and her cotton-candy pink cochlear implants will have everyone shouting “Let’s hear it for Almigal!”


Nobody’s Perfect. Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney, $6.99 (novel, for ages 9 – 12)

Megan and her school friends have been making big plans for her birthday party. Then a new girl, Alexis, joins their class. Alexis is smart, pretty, and rules the soccer games on the playground, but she resists making new friends and refuses to come to Megan’s party. While the others think the new girl may just be shy, Megan fears that Alexis doesn’t like her because she is deaf — because she’s not perfect. When Megan discovers that Alexis’ little brother Justin has autism, she realizes that Alexis is embarrassed by him and afraid of what others will think.


The Parenting Journey: Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Karen Putz, $18.95

Karen Putz grew up hard of hearing, and became deaf as a teen. When her three children started losing their hearing one-by-one, she figured she had all the answers. Instead, she discovered it was a whole other ballgame to navigate life as a parent raising deaf and hard of hearing children.

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Practical Guide to Quality Interaction with Children Who Have a Hearing Loss. Morag Clark, $51.50

It is very possible for children with a hearing loss to achieve and develop a fluent and intelligible spoken language when their residual hearing is applied to the fullest extent in an interactive language learning environment. Based on twenty five years of advisory and hands-on research and experience across fourteen countries in five continents, this book is a practical guide for those seeking to lead children with hearing impairment to fluent intelligible spoken language by engaging in quality interaction at the language learning stage.


Raising and Educating a Deaf Child: a Comprehensive Guide to the Choices, Controversies and Decisions Faced by Parents and Educators, 2nd Edition. Marc Marschark, $23.50

Raising and Educating a Deaf Child is not a how-to book or one with all the "right" answers for raising a deaf child; rather, it is a guide through the conflicting suggestions and programs for raising deaf children, as well as the likely implications of taking one direction or the other.


Reena's Rainbow. Dee White & Tracie Grimwood, $23.99

Reena is deaf and Dog is homeless, but they are also so much more than that. At first Reena and Dog feel like they don’t belong, but when they form a unique bond with each other, and become friends with the hearing children in the park, they discover that everyone is different and special in their own way.


A Screaming Kind of Day. Rachna Gilmore, Illustrated by Gordon Sauvé, $9.95

Scully, a young hard-of-hearing girl wants to play outside in the rain, away from her brother Leo and her busy mother. But things turn out differently than everyone expects, and Scully has to find a way to make peace after an angry day indoors.

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Some Kids Are Deaf. Lola Schaefer, $7.95 (Preschool to Grade 2)

Text and photographs describe kids who are deaf, the ways they communicate, and some of their everyday activities.

 


Splish Splat. Alexis Domney, illustrated by Alice Crawford, $15.95

Colin is tired of the ugly yellow walls in his room. So his mother hires two painters to transform his bedroom into a beautiful blue. The painters, Molly and Heather, are Deaf and use American Sign Language — and their animated ASL conversation has a surprising effect on Colin's room!


Taking Hearing Impairment to School. Elaine Ernst Scheinder, $17.95

Jacob's life is filled with friends, school, family, sports and pets — and he has a profound hearing loss. Through his story, readers learn about sign language, interpreters, hearing aids and speech therapy for kids with hearing impairments.

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Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren. Gina Oliva & Linda Risser Lytle, $35.50

Both Gina Oliva and Linda Risser Lytle know what it is like to be the only deaf student in a mainstream school. Though they became successful educators, they recognize the need to research the same isolation experienced by other deaf and hard of hearing persons. TURNING THE TIDE presents a qualitative study of deaf and hard of hearing students who attended mainstream schools. The authors conducted three focus groups in different regions in the country, enlisting six to eight participants with diverse backgrounds for each session. They also gathered information from 113 online respondents who answered the same questions used in the focus groups.

The respondents discussed many issues, including the difficulties of finding friends and social access, the struggle to establish an identity, the challenges of K-12 interpreting and class placement, and the vast potential of summer and weekend programs for deaf students. Their empowering stories clearly demonstrate that no deaf or hard of hearing student should be educated alone. The authors also elicited comments on other changes that parents, advocates, and other allies could work toward to improve further the educational environment of deaf children.


The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: a Family Centered Approach to Early Education. Barbara Bodner-Johnson & Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, $50.95

With recent advances in technology and a stronger emphasis on infant screening, deaf and hard of hearing children are being identified at an increasingly early age — expanding the need for knowledge about early intervention and education for these young children and their families. This scholarly text will help early interventionists, education professionals, speech-language pathologists, and students navigate complex issues. Expert contributors equip readers with the solid research, key concepts, and current developments they'll need to know about as they establish partnerships with families and their deaf and hard of hearing children. 


Your Child’s Hearing Loss: a Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition. Debby Waldman & Jackson Roush, $29.95

This comprehensive book offers parents critical information on everything from technical information to practical and emotional support including information on advocating for your child's welfare in educational, social and public.

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Complete Booklist

Resources for Adults, Families & Professionals

Choices in Deafness: a Parents’ Guide to Communication Options, 2nd Edition. Sue Schwartz (ed), $34.50

Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: a Developmental Guide. J.M. McInnes & J.A. Treffry, $35.95

Deaf Cognition: Foundations and Outcomes. Edited by Marc Marschark & Peter Hauser, $61.95

Educating Deaf Students: From Research to Practice. Marc Marschark, Harry Lang & John Albertini, $26.95

I Can Hear You Whisper: an Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. Lydia Denworth, $18.00

If a Tree Falls: a Family Quest to Hear and Be Heard. Jennifer Rosner, $24.95

Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. Denise Weston, $52.50

The Parenting Journey: Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Karen Putz, $18.95

Practical Guide to Quality Interaction with Children Who Have a Hearing Loss. Morag Clark, $51.50

Raising and Educating a Deaf Child: a Comprehensive Guide to the Choices, Controversies and Decisions Faced by Parents and Educators, 2nd Edition. Marc Marschark, $23.50

Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren. Gina Oliva & Linda Risser Lytle, $35.50

The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: a Family Centered Approach to Early Education. Barbara Bodner-Johnson & Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, $50.95

Your Child’s Hearing Loss: a Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition. Debby Waldman & Jackson Roush, $29.95

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Resources for Kids

Can You Hear a Rainbow? The Story of a Deaf Boy Named Chris. Jamee Riggio Heelan, illustrated by Nicola Simmonds, $23.95

El Deafo. Cece Bel, $13.95

Elana’s Ears or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World.  Gloria Roth Lowell, $13.95

I Am Deaf. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Marta Fàbrega, $8.99

I Have a Sister — My Sister Is Deaf. Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, $8.50

Laurie. Elfi Nijssen & Eline van Lindenhuizen, $24.95

Let’s Hear It for Almigal. Wendy Kupfer & Tammie Lyon, $18.95

Nobody’s Perfect. Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney, $6.99

Reena's Rainbow. Dee White & Tracie Grimwood, $23.99

A Screaming Kind of Day. Rachna Gilmore, Illustrated by Gordon Sauvé, $9.95

Some Kids Are Deaf. Lola Schaefer, $7.95

Splish Splat. Alexis Domney, illustrated by Alice Crawford, $15.95

Taking Hearing Impairment to School. Elaine Ernst Schneider, illustrated by Tom Dineen, $17.95

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