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The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language

Video dictionary is now available at
This replaces the DVD formerly found in the book.

The Editors of Gallaudet University Press
Jean M. Gordon, ASL Consultant

Color Illustrations by Debbie Tilley
Sign Illustrations by Peggy Swartzel Lott,
Rob Hills, and Daniel W. Renner

October 2014

Reviews: School Library Journal (starred), Booklist, University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries (2015 “Best of the Best”)
  $39.95 (t) hardcover

Winner, First Place, Washington Publishers Book Design and Effectiveness Show

  • Featuring more than 1,000 ASL sign drawings
  • All signs paired with charming color illustrations
  • Introduction explains how to sign ASL and fingerspell
  • Complete index of English terms for each sign, including synonyms
  • Sample sentences using specific words to match every sign’s meaning

The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language presents more than 1,000 ASL sign drawings arranged alphabetically by English terms, plus delightful color illustrations for each sign. Also featuring English sentences for each sign, the Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary stands alone as the best, most entertaining ASL reference volume for deaf and hearing children alike.

       The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary is a bilingual dictionary that will improve American Sign Language and English vocabulary skills and help children make the connections between signs and written English words. Parents, family members, and education professionals will also enjoy using this reference book.

       The introduction explains the history of American Sign Language and provides the basics of signing and fingerspelling. Throughout the book are short sections that explore Deaf culture. The index lists all of the English vocabulary.

       The accompanying video shows native ASL signers demonstrating how to form each sign plus 150 ASL sentences. The playback speed of the video can be adjusted to facilitate comprehension. The video is available at

The Editors of Gallaudet University Press have produced more than 60 titles and DVDs on signed languages.

Jean M. Gordon is an ASL Diagnostician in the Department of ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University.

ISBN 978-1-56368-631-3
392 pages. 8½ x 11. 1,048 sign illustrations, 1,048 full-color illustrations, index.
$39.95 (t)