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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J PAPERBK CUTLE Cutler, Stephen J. Rally Caps
J MATLI Matlin, Marlee Deaf Child Crossing
Despite the fact that Megan is deaf and Cindy can hear, the two girls become friends when Cindy moves into Megan's neighborhood, but when they go away to camp, their friendship is put to the test.
J MATLI Matlin, Marlee Leading Ladies
A deaf fourth-grader finds her true calling when she is cast as Dorothy in a school production of "The Wizard of Oz."
J MATLI Matlin, Marlee Nobody's Perfect
Megan, a popular and outgoing fourth-grader, is sure that the "perfect" new girl dislikes her because she is deaf, but persistence and a joint science fair project help Megan see that the two girls have something in common after all.
J MOSS Moss, Marissa Amelia Lends a Hand
Amelia had expected to have a quiet summer, but instead she makes friends with a deaf boy who moves in next door, deals with her grouchy older sister, has an asthma attack, and goes to a family reunion. Features hand-printed text and drawings and thirty-two sign language flash cards.
J RIVER River of Hands: Deaf Heritage Stories
J PAPERBK SMART The Smart Princess, and Other Deaf Tales
A collection of four stories from the Deaf community, reflecting Deaf culture and language. Includes hand signs and an interesting history on devices for the Deaf.
J Zelonky, Joy I Can't Always Hear You
When Kim, a hearing-impaired girl, begins going to a regular school after having been in a special one, she finds that she isn't as different as she had feared because everyone she meets has individual differences, too.
J362.4 Greenberg, Judith E. What Is the Sign for Friend?
J362.42 ASELT Aseltine, Lorraine I'm Deaf and It's Okay
J362.42 Bergman, Thomas Finding a Common Language: Children Living with Deafness
J362.42 Heelan, Jamee Riggio Can You Hear a Rainbow?: The Story of a Deaf Boy Named Chris
J362.42 ROYST Royston, Angela Deafness
J362.42 SCHAE Schaefer, Lola Some Kids Are Deaf
J362.42 WALKE Walker, Lou Ann Amy, the Story of a Deaf Child
J419 KENT Kent, Deborah American Sign Language
J617.8 LANDA Landau, Elaine Deafness
J617.8 LEVET Levete, Sarah Explaining Deafness
J617.8822 Boschini, Elizabeth Happy Birthday to My Ears
A child tells, in rhymes, of new sounds he hears each month with his cochlear implants.
J618.920978 POWEL Powell, Jillian Jordan Has a Hearing Loss
J636.7 PETER Peters, Jean Norman I Am Her Ears: A Story with Pictures of a Three Year Old Rescued Dog Who Leads a New Life as a Certified Hearing Dog
JB B7645AL Alexander, Sally Hobart She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
JB G13B Bowen, Andy A World of Knowing:A Story About Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
JB W58W Wheeler, Jill Heather Whitestone: Miss America with a Mission
JE Addabbo, Carole Dina the Deaf Dinosaur
The story of a deaf dinosaur who has run away from home because her parents would not learn sign language. She befriends an owl, a mole, and a chipmunk.
JE ANDER Anderson, John F. My Hearing Loss and Me: We Get Along Most of the Time
What are the experiences of students with hearing loss attending regular schools? This book tells a story of a fictional young student through pictures and his experiences using a cochlear implant.
JE Blatchford, Claire H. Going with the Flow
When Mark changes schools in mid-year, he is angry, lonely, and embarrassed by his deafness, but he soon begins to adjust. Includes information about deafness.
JE CELEN Celenza, Anna Harwell The Heroic Symphony
After learning that he is going deaf, Beethoven is determined to write a great symphony and thinks he has found his inspiration in the heroic deeds of Napoleon.
JE DUNBA Dunbar, Joyce Moonbird
A King and Queen are devastated when they realize that their baby cannot hear or speak. But a Moonbird teaches the little prince how to use his hands and eyes to communicate.
JE DUSSL Dussling, Susanna Sunny and her Cochlear Implants
Follow Sunny as she lives her life as a deaf child, in a hearing world, with hearing aids. Then her life changes when her aids no longer help, but there is a solution.
JE KADIS Kadish, Sharona Discovering Friendship
When Kimberly, who is hearing impaired, joins her sixth-grade class, Samantha befriends her and learns sign language.
JE LAKIN Lakin, Pat Dad and Me in the Morning
A deaf boy and his father share a special time as they watch the sun rise at the beach.
JE Levi, Dorothy Hoffman A Very Special Sister
Laura, who is deaf, is excited about becoming a big sister, but she worries that a new baby who can hear might get more love from their mother than she does. Text and illustrations provide instructions for signing eight words.
JE LOWEL Lowell, Gloria Roth Elana's Ears, or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World
Lacey the family dog is jealous of the new baby that her human parents brought home, until she discovers that the baby cannot hear.
JE LUDY Ludy, Mark Grump
Grumpy Mr. Howlweister, a feared legend in the town of Dinkerwink, has his heart changed by the compassion and love of a little girl.
JE MCCUL McCully, Emily My Heart Glow: Alice Cogswell, Thomas Gallaudet, and the Birth of American Sign Language
JE Millman, Isaac Moses Goes to a Concert
Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet.
JE Millman, Isaac Moses Goes to School
Moses and his friends enjoy the first day of school at their special school for the deaf and hard of hearing, where they use sign language to talk to each other.
JE Millman, Isaac Moses Goes to the Circus
Moses, who is deaf, has a good time with his family at the circus, where they communicate using sign language. Includes illustrations of some of the signs they use.
JE Millman, Isaac Moses Sees a Play
Moses and his classmates, who are deaf or hard of hearing, attend a play at their school, and Moses makes a new friend from another class.
JE NIJSS Nijssen, Elfi Laurie
Laurie is a special girl. She doesn't hear well and that can be hard sometimes. She doesn't always understand what other people say and playing with other children can be difficult. Luckily there's the ear doctor. He examines Laurie's ears and gives her hearing aids.
JE OKIMO Okimoto, Jean A Place for Grace
With the help of a hearing-impaired man, a little dog finally manages to graduate from a training school for hearing dogs
JE RISKI Riski, Maureen Abby Gets A Cochlear Implant
JE ROTH Roth, Judith Julia's Words
At summer camp, a girl learns to experience the world more fully through all of her senses as her deaf bunkmate, Julia, teaches her to communicate through sign language.
JE SEEGE Seeger, Pete The Deaf Musicians
Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.
JE STRYE Stryer, Andrea Kami and the Yaks
In the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, a deaf Sherpa boy proves himself to his father by rescuing his family's yaks from a dangerous storm.
JE TILDE Tildes, Phyllis Limbacher The Garden Wall
Tim is unhappy about moving to the city and leaving his best friend behind. He has to attend a strange new school and--to make things more difficult--his next-door neighbor is a girl who is deaf.
JE UHLBE Uhlberg, Myron Dad, Jackie and Me
JE UHLBE Uhlberg, Myron The Printer
A boy recalls the day his deaf father saved everyone's life when fire broke out at the newspaper printing plant where he worked.
JER KLEIN Klein, Adria Max Learns Sign Language
Max takes a class in sign language so that he can talk with his friend, Susan, who cannot hear.
PTC J371.9 SHORE Shore, Kenneth Special Kids Problem Solver
PTC J371.912 STEWA Stewart, David Literacy and Your Deaf Child
PTC J649.1512 CHILD Luterman, David Children With Hearing Loss: A Family Guide

Non-print Materials: DVDs

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
DVD JB K282 Helen Keller
DVD J419 READ Read with Me: Stories for Your Deaf Preschooler
DVD J419 SIGNI Signing Time! Volumes 1-13


  • American Society for Deaf Children
    Helping families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Help Kids Hear
    Founded by parents of hard of hearing kids; dedicated to helping other parents find the information and resources they need in dealing with a deaf / hard of hearing (DHH) child.

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