Discover our 'Rhyme and Sign' Adventures

Award winning BSL story books for little ones!

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Award winning signed stories. BSL story books

for baby signing | early years | key stage 1

 

Our Farmyard Friends

Available Now  |  £6.99

Over the fields and along the track…

Join our busy farmer as she gathers up her animals.  There’s a grumpy goat, a very muddy pig and we are still not quite sure where the hen is off to in such a hurry!

A hit with animal loving little ones and their grown-ups everywhere.

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At the Bottom of My Garden

Available Now  |  £6.99

At the bottom of my garden, I have a special place…

It’s all going on in our garden! Join us as we look under rocks, find a shiny trail and try and jump like a grasshopper.

Written especially for intrepid mini-beast explorers and their grown-ups!

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Out of My Window

18.09.18  |  £6.99

I spy, with my little eye…

Join Little Signers and friends on their journey to the seaside on the LSC Express!

Stuck lorries, a pink car, racing blue lights a bright red bus and some curiously familiar  characters along the way… Will it be our most popular book yet?!

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my baby’s favourite books’

Rhyme and Sign Adventures – the story behind our BSL story books!

Our lovely signed stories began life way back in 2011.

We originally approached the big publishers to help us buy the UK / BSL rights to adapt existing popular children’s books.  Sadly it wasn’t to be. 

We didn’t give up but a new baby in 2012 meant that dreams were shelved for a while. Well, quite a long while actually and it was 2015 before we dug deep, found the courage to write the books ourselves with encouragement from our lovely customers and began the creative process. 

The results have been outstanding. 

Gorgeous picture books, packed with personality, that beg to be read over and over again.  Enjoyed equally by little ones and their grown-ups throughout the UK (and beyond!), we couldn’t be more proud that our Rhyme and Sign Adventures have become ‘my baby’s favourite book’ in so many households.

Award winning BSL story books for baby signing, early years and key stage 1 from Little Signers Club.

Written by experts ~ Designed with love.

What’s in a Rhyme and Sign Adventure?

 

Sign Language Glossary

easy to understand BSL signs are shown in picture format with detailed written instructions.  Signs are also shown throughout the book as an ‘at a glance’ reminder.

Rhyming Story Line

enabling little ones to anticipate words and join in with the story, increasing literacy and language ability.

Spot the Difference

additional characters hidden throughout the story pages, bringing delight when found! Gently develops crucial pre-reading skills such as  observation, turn-taking and concentration.

Tops Tips

for getting the most out of your ‘Rhyme and Sign’ Adventure with our top tips for signed stories.

Repeating Verses

helping small children to feel capable and join in independently as they become familiar with the story.

The Perfect Addition!

to any family or early years library.  We know that all children simply adore these books and love to join in regardless of age or ability.  Particularly loved by those who have children with hearing impairments (and their grownups who may not be quite so familar with British Sign Language or Makaton) those who adore babysigning, toddlers, pre-schoolers and Reception aged children.

what early years educators say…

‘Signing and talking simultaneously with young children, to emphasise key words in context, is an important tool with young children in the early stages of language development’

Michael Jones; Talking and Learning with Young Children

We use Makaton - are these books suitable for us?
Yes of course you can! Don’t miss out.  Little people everywhere love these books and they can be enjoyed whether you sign during the story or not and regardless of the sign language system you use. At baby signing level the two sign language systems share around a 90% compatibility so there is no reason why you can’t love our Rhyme and Sign Adventures too. If you use a different sign or two from those we have in our books, simply swap them to the signs you already know. Easy! Makaton is derived from British Sign Language and so many of the signs are compatible. Our beautiful Rhyme and Sign books use BSL in English language word order, known as Sign Supported English. Of course, we don’t have Makaton symbols in our books, we have Cath’s lovely BSL sign graphics.
What age group are these books for?
Our lovely Rhyme and Sign Adventures have a wide appeal. We originally developed these books to support our baby signing classes which mean that they were aimed, really, at little ones between the ages of 18 months and 4 years. BUT! Schools have contacted us to say that they love them for their reception and KS1 children. Babies also seem to love them as they can spot their favourite characters as the stories build. And for slightly older children, for whom English is an Additional Language, or who have Special Educational Needs, they provide a great language bridge. With the push to bring BSL into schools, our Rhyme and Sign Adventures are perfectly placed to introduce simple signs from an early age and will develop with children through pre-school, reception and Key Stage 1.
Do I have to sign when I read these books?
No of course you don’t! Rhyme and Sign Adventures stand alone as beautiful stories that everyone will love and you’ll get a deep enjoyment from them whether you sign or not. Obviously we’d love you to give it a go – using sign language deeply embeds language and children of all ages really enjoy learning it. You’d be amazed at how it aids memory and how much you’ll like using your hands to talk too. If you are feeling stuck, let us know! We’ll be happy to help.
Signing and Cognitive Development
Laughter, smiles and eye contact form the very best part of cognitive development and a platform for peak learning experiences.  They fire off all sorts of amazing connections in the brain, establishing strong bonding and attachment foundations. Well loved stories, in conjunction with signing, provide young children with the experience of being deeply cared about, snuggled on a special lap with a favourite book. This is our earliest journey into literacy and language; the undivided attention of story time, with a favourite book, confirms to our little ones that they matter.
Signing and Emotional Intelligence
Some studies put children, who have learned to use signing alongside speech, as 12 IQ points ahead of their peers.  But there is so much more to signing than being  more advanced in literacy, communication and language. We’re discovering more and more about the importance of strong attachment in early childhood.  Signing helps develop this connection at a deep level and embeds in little children that they are seen, that they matter, that their ‘voice’ is important. Children who have the advantage of clear communication opportunities, where the guesswork of what they want or need simply disappears, are more independent and far less stressed. Independent and happy, signing children are motivated to learn and engage with new activities. Not only that, they develop more confidence, are more resilient and have greater self esteem.
Signing and Effective Learning
After lots of studies we now know that children are kinaesthetic learners.  This means that they learn more ably when they are able to move their bodies and are physically involved with what they are doing. Signing is quite literally ‘language in motion’ and it has amazing benefits for all children! When you use sign language with speech, children learn to connect both the sign and the word. Research has shown that it is this connection that helps little ones retain and recall information effortlessly, giving them a head start in communication, literacy and language.
Signing and Motor Skill Development
Signing is amazing for developing gross and fine motor skills.  It provides gentle exercise for the small muscles of the hands which in turn improve strength and dexterity. Fine motor skills are a crucial foundation for writing and drawing but also enable increased independence for those skills we need throughout life – the ability to dress ourselves (zips and buttons), brushing teeth – and later on, better control with cookery skills like chopping and peeling.

what Speech and Language Therapists say…

‘These are lovely stories in their own right – but they are actually much more than that.  There is lots of rhyme and repetition which are important for supporting language learning and developing vocabulary – plus the addition of key signs which enhances early literacy and learning.

You don’t need any signing experience to be able to use these books straightaway.  They are accessible, enjoyable tales for all ages – from grandparents to babies – and they’ll all love to join in!’

Libby Hill, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Smarttalkers.

“Our Farmyard Friends is a captivating introduction to signing that had my children (4 1/2 and 18 months) hooked from first read.

Not only is it a delightful rhyme with engaging pictures it is a comprehensive enough guide for anyone completely new to signing to achieve mastery in just one or two read throughs.

My daughter was able to mirror back to me all the signs after just one telling and frequently uses them in other contexts.”

‘It has blown me away…. I literally don’t have the vocabulary for how emotional it makes me to know parents of signing children can have access to this – and wow, you’ve done it so, so well.’

‘This book is very interactive for children; not only because of the motor skills in signing with hands but also because it has a familiarity to it, like an old friend.

I love this book. If you are new to signing this book has what you need to start enjoying signing and storytelling and if you already sign then this compliments the fun you are already having together.’

I got this book – and Wow!

My son who is 5 loves it. I found that using the signs brought us both closer together and made the story come to life.
Amazing book.  Highly Recommended isn’t a strong enough sentiment for it.

Behind the Scenes!

The expert, collaborative team behind our award winning BSL story books

Shelley Ensor | Speaker | Author | Chief Bubble Tester.

Shelley is the founder of Little Signers Club, an award winning organisation that helps little ones and their grown ups to communicate effectively with each other; she has a deep  love of signing and how it benefits children of all ages, letting them know from an early age just how much they matter.

 Shelley can be found chasing her own small people around the park playing pirates and loves nothing more than a hot chocolate and cooking marshmallows over a campfire – preferably on the beach.t.

Sue Searle | Author 

Sue can often be found making dens in the woods or making smores round a Campfire, more often than not accompanied by twenty or so Beaver Scouts. 

She loves being creative when she is not reading, writing and making up silly songs; Sue has been signing since she was little.

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Chris Hammond| Illustrator 

Chris is usually found painting or doodling – oblivious to the world at large!

As a graphic designer and illustrator, he is passionate about art and how visual imagery plays an important role in our development and understanding of the world.

    

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Cath Smith| Illustrator 

Cath has been involved in the Deaf community for all of her adult working life.

Her favourite area of work is with deaf children and their families; she feels privileged to be part of their lives and development.

Cath’s ‘Let’s Sign’ BSL Series encourages and promotes the use of BSL in education.

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What famous folk say…

‘I would highly recommend these [Rhyme and Sign Adventure books].  I LOVE them and can not wait to use them!’

Wayne Barrow, TV Presenter | Radio Presenter | The guy who does the Sign Videos

Little Signers Club – our best bits!

Winner: Teach Early Years Awards  2018| Most Outstanding Infant Sign Language Training Consultancy 2017; Global Excellence Awards | Bizzie Baby GOLD Award; Our Farmyard Friends, a Rhyme and Sign Adventure | Best Infant Sign Language Training Consultancy – UK; Consultancy Awards 2016 | Finalist, Whats On 4 Little Ones 2016 | Award Nominated, Mum and Working 2016 |Childcare Expo 2016, 2017 | ICAN Licensed Tutors | 5th Annual Babyroom Conference Canterbury Christ Church University | Lead Practitioners; Early Language Development Programme | Member of Neytco | Featured;  BBC1, Gurgle Magazine, Junior Magazine, Parent Tribe, The Mother | Contributor; ToddlerCalm, A guide for calmer toddlers | Award Nominated, Whats On 4 Little Ones 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015 | Official Partner for Hello, The Year of Communication and the Communication Trust | Finalist, The Baby Show for Trade