Name of Collection: ASL and Deaf Studies

Campus School Names: PS347 '47' The American Sign Language and English Lower School and '47' The American Sign Language and English Secondary School

Address: 225 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

Phone: 917-326-6608 and 917-326-6661

Fax: 917-326-6610 and 212-481-4236

Librarians: Sara Paulson-Yarovoy and Jamie Morris

Librarian's e-mail: and


Our collection includes learning American Sign Language, ASL storytelling videos, picture books and novels depicting life of the deaf and hard of hearing, nonfiction covering Deaf Culture and the history of the Deaf community.

Questions for Inquiry:

How do I learn sign language?
What is the Deaf community? Deaf Culture? The Deaf World?
What is life like when you are Deaf or hard of hearing?
What is the history of education for Deaf people?


deaf, deaf world, deaf community, ASL, American Sign Language, hard of hearing, cochlear implants, hearing aids, deaf parents

Subject Headings:

American Sign Language--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
American Sign Language--Study and teaching.
Deaf- Education
Children of deaf parents--Biography.

Deaf parents--Biography.
Deaf--Case studies.

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):


Key Books



American Sign Language Dictionary

index.gif The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary.

index2.gif Talking with Your Hands

images.jpg1,000 Signs of Life: Basic ASL for everyday conversation

images2.jpg Signing for Kids.

Non-fiction (elementary):

Deaf Culture A to Z by Walkter Paul Kelley. A great introduction to Deaf Culture.

Can you hear a rainbow?: the story of a deaf boy named Chris by Jamee Riggio Heelan. A deaf child tells how he uses sign language, hearing aids, and his other senses to communicate, how his friends help him, and how he goes to public school with an interpreter.

All about Sign Language: Talking with your Hands by Felicia Lowenstein.

Hearing Loss by Carol Baldwin.

Non-fiction (secondary):

Deaf in Delhi by Madan Vasishta. A memoir of growing up deaf in India.

My Sense of Silence: A Memoir of a Childhood with Deafness by Lennard J. Davis A memoir of growing up as a child of a deaf adults (CODA).

Hand, Heart and Mind: The Story of the Education of America's Deaf People by Lou Ann Walker.

Deaf Girls Rule. Wendy Tiefenbacher, Editor. A photoessay about Gallaudet's basketball team.

Picture books (elementary):

Moses series by Isaac Millman. Depicts school life of Moses and his classmates, all deaf, with storyboard sequences of sign language sentences on many pages. Very appealing to kids who want to learn some key phrases in sign.

I'm Deaf, and it's okay by Lorraine Aseltine. A classic for deaf children. A favorite of some of our teachers.

Daddy and Me in the Morning by Pat Lakin. A glimpse into the daily life of a young deaf boys who uses hearing aids. He and his father have lots of ways to communicate and they get up early to see a breathtakingly illustrated sunrise.

Silent Lotus by Jeanne Lee. A reading rainbow selection about a young deaf dancer in Cambodia who is chosen to become a temple dancer, the highest honor for a dancer, communicates with others.

Middle Readers (elementary/secondary):

Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris.

Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Maitlin. A plucky young girl who is hard of hearing tries to be normal.

Dovey Coe by Frances by O'Roark Dowell.

The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith.

Web Sites:

Deaf Culture. Deaf Planet.

Games about Deaf culture for kids in ASL and English.

Deafinately Famous People.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center Digital Video Project

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center Literacy Resources

Learning ASL

Videos/DVDs (elementary):

Once Upon a Time series.
ASL storytelling.

Signing Times series.
Learning ASL.

Silent Lotus. Reading Rainbow about signing and family life for a deaf child.

Videos/DVDs (secondary):

Sound and Fury. Documentary about cochlear implants.

ASL Poetry. Selected Works of Clayton Valli.

Do you think Deaf people have problems? One-woman comedy show giving the perspective of a Deaf woman and how she survives in a hearing world.

Community Resources:

National Theater for the Deaf
League of Hard-of-Hearing
New York Society for the Deaf

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

ASL is a second language: Foreign Language requirement for HS

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.