Adapted Little Books

By Jean F. Andrews

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[Editor’s Note: After some embarrassing tech issues – which you may have caught, but have since been corrected – Jean F. Andrews has graciously filled us in on the Adapted Little Books. This information is also available in the comments section of In a Related Story…, originally posted on 6/19 – BitcoDavid]

Adapted Little Books is a series of emergent reader primers originally created by Dr. Jana Mason of University of Illinois and Dr. Christine McCormick of Eastern Illinois University. The 20 reproducible storybooks can be bought on Amazon.

Port Washington Public Library
Port Washington Public Library

As part of a research study we had native deaf parents translate the stories into ASL for purpose of distribution at the Alabama School for the Deaf – and their students’ parents. We had teachers provide one story session per week, integrated in their language arts program. Our goal was to give children a fun time enjoying independent reading. We are documenting their growth in letter, word and story abilities. Our research will be published this year. Little books is a program developed Byrd Mason and her colleagues and is supported by more than 25 years of research with hearing children. We adapted Dr Mason’s work with signing deaf children by adding ASL and are pleased with our results.

Jean F. Andrews is a Reading Specialist and Professor of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education at Lamar University.

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