Teaching considerations, chronic illness
Children's Books About Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Arthur, C. (1979). My Sister's Silent World. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
                                      Heather's sister describes hearing aids, speech training,
                                      Heather's school, and a family outing to the zoo. (Grades
Aseltine, L., Mueller, E. and Tait, N. (1986). I'm Deaf and It's Okay. Niles, IL: Albert Whitman and Co.
                                      A young deaf boy who is apprehensive about wearing a
                                      hearing aid as an adult is helped by a deaf teenager.
                                      (Grades 1-4)
Baer, J. (1992). Unheard Voices. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 
                                      Ruth finds the adjustment to a new town and school
                                      difficult. When some girls at school befriend her, they
                                      learn through their friendship what it is like to be deaf.
                                      [Christian perspective.] (Grades 7-10) 
Blatchford, C. (1998). Going with the Flow. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
                                      Mark, a deaf fifth grader, finds adjustment to his new
                                      school difficult until his classmate Keith, captain of the
                                      basketball team, challenges him as a team member.
                                      (Grades 4-7)
Booth, B. (1991). Mandy. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books.
                                      Mandy depicts the loving relationship between a young
                                      deaf girl and her grandmother. While walking in the park
                                      together, Grandma loses a special pin. Later, Mandy
                                      braves the dark and an oncoming thunderstorm to search
                                      for the pin. (Grades 1 and up)
Caisley, R. (1994). The Quiet World. Santa Rosa, CA: SRA School Group.
                                      When David learns that his younger brother is deaf, he
                                      plugs his ears with cotton, dons earphones, and goes to
                                      the park. He spends his time experiencing an afternoon
                                      through his other senses and then returns home tells his
                                      mother what a quiet world is like. (Grades 1-up) 
Clemente, G. (1996). Cosmo Gets an Ear. Los Alamitos, CA: Modern Signs Press.
                                      This humorous tale of Cosmo's adjustment to his first
                                      hearing aid is told by his sister through text and playful
                                      illustrations. After his diagnosis, Cosmo and his best
                                      friend, Gilbert, search for his "lost" hearing. Many puns
                                      and silly jokes enliven the text. (Grades 1-6)
Golder, S. & Membling, L (1988). Buffy's Orange Leash. Washington, DC: Kendall Green Publications/Gallaudet University Press.
                                      Buffy is a hearing ear dog trained to work for deaf
                                      people. (Grades K-3)
Gray, D. with Lewis, G. (1995). Heather Whitestone/Today's Heroes Series. New York, NY: Zonderman, Division of HarperCollins.
                                      This book profiles Heather Whitestone who in 1995
                                      became the first deaf woman to be chosen Miss America.
                                      (Grades 3-7) 
Hall, E. (1982). Is It Catching? Ellen Hall, P.O. Box 8005, Suite 192, Boulder, CO 80306
                                      Written for young children with deaf siblings, this book
                                      gives simple explanations for many complex issues.
Hirsch, K. (1981). Becky. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
                                      Living with a hearing family while attending a school for
                                      deaf students during the week, Becky teaches the family
                                      about the problems facing deaf people. (Grades 1-4)
Hlibok, B. (1981). Silent Dancer. New York, NY: Julian Messner.
                                      A 10-year-old deaf girl and other students from the
                                      Lexington School for the Deaf study ballet at the Joffrey
                                      Ballet School. Non-fiction. (Grades 3-6).
Hodge, L. L. (1987). A Season of Change. Washington, DC: Kendall Green Publications/Gallaudet University Press.
                                      A junior high student, 13-year-old Biney faces the
                                      challenges of growing up with a hearing loss. (Grades
Hodges, C. (1995). When I Grow Up . Hollidaysburg, PA: Turtle Books, Jason & Nordic Publishers.
                                      At Career Day, Jimmy, a deaf boy, meets deaf adults with
                                      varied and interesting careers and learns about potential
                                      careers for himself. (Grades K-4)
LaMore, G. S. (1986). Now I Understand. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
                                      This fictional account of a young boy with a hearing loss
                                      who is mainstreamed includes information about hearing
                                      loss, hearing aids, and communication. (Grades 3-6)
Lakin, P. (1994). Dad and Me in the Morning. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co.
                                      A boy and his deaf father enjoy the morning together.
                                      (Grades 1-3)
Leutke-Stahlman, B. (1996). Hannie. Hillsboro, OR: Butte Publications.
                                      This year-in-the-life tale of friendship, loyalty, and
                                      growing up introduces Hannah and her two deaf sisters.
                                      (Grades 6-8)
Levi, D. H. (1989). A Very Special Friend. Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press.
                                      A lonely six-year-old girl finds a new friend who talks in
                                      sign language. (Grades K-3)
Levinson, N. S. (1990). Annie's World. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
                                      When her father is transferred to a new city and her
                                      family moves, Annie, a 16-year-old deaf girl, finds her life
                                      disrupted. Annie transfers from the residential school for
                                      deaf students to a mainstream program where she is the
                                      only deaf student. (Grades 7-12)
Millman, I. (1998). Moses Goes to a Concert. New York, NY: Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
                                      A group of deaf children attend a concert, holding
                                      balloons in their laps to feel the vibrations. The
                                      percussionist in the orchestra is also deaf and after the
                                      concert she tells them her story (in ASL) and allows them
                                      to try out all her instruments. Cartoon illustrations of sign
                                      language augment the printed text. (Grades PS-2)
Okimoto, J. D. (1993). A Place for Grace. Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books.
                                      Grace is a stray dog who wants to be a service dog for
                                      blind people. Instead, a deaf man chooses Grace to be
                                      his "hearing dog" and she starts the rigorous training
                                      program. Despite some challenges, Grace passes her test
                                      and becomes an official hearing dog with a special knack.
                                      (Grades 2-4)
Pace, B. (1987). Chris Gets Ear Tubes. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
                                      This book explains in language a child will understand
                                      what happens before, during, and after surgery for ear
                                      tubes. (Grades PS-1)
Peterson, J. W. (1977). I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf. New York, NY: Harper and Row Publishers.
                                      A girl talks about her younger deaf sister, what she can
                                      and cannot do, and how they communicate and play
                                      together. (Grades K-3)
Riskin, M. (1981). Apple is My Sign. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
                                      Harry, a 10-year-old deaf boy, goes to a residential
                                      school and when he comes home at Christmas shares
                                      what he has learned with his family. (Grades 5-8)
Rosenberg, M. (1983). My Friend Leslie: The Story of a Handicapped Child. New York, NY: Lothrop, Lee, &Shepard Books.
                                      Illustrated with photographs, this book introduces Leslie,
                                      a child with multiple disabilities, who is mainstreamed into
                                      a regular kindergarten class. Non-fiction. (Grades 1-3)
Scott, V. (1986). Belonging. Washington, DC: Kendall Green Publications/Gallaudet University Press.
                                      Written by a deaf author, Belonging tells the story of
                                      Gustie Blaine who contracts meningitis at age 15. (Grades
Shreve, S. R. (1993). The Gift of the Girl who Could Not Hear. New York, NY: Beech Tree Books. 
                                      Thirteen-year-old Eliza, a gifted singer, and her best
                                      friend Lucy who was born deaf help each other prepare
                                      to try out for the 7th grade musical, a production of
                                      Annie. (Grades 5-12)
Starowitz, A. (1988). The Day We Met Cindy. Washington, DC: Kendall Green Publications/Gallaudet University Press.
                                      This non-fiction account relates Chad's fear that the
                                      other children in his first grade class will laugh when they
                                      meet his deaf aunt. Instead, the class learns signs from
                                      Cindy. The illustrations by the children depict the many
                                      other things they learned from this experience.
                                      Non-fiction. (Grades K-3)
Sullivan, M. B., Brightman, A., Blatt, J. et al. (1979). Feeling Free. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
                                      This book offers glimpses of children with disabilities, two
                                      of whom have hearing disabilities. Gordon, a hard of
                                      hearing boy, discusses his speech, communication, and
                                      interaction with hearing people. Kim, a deaf sixth grader
                                      with a deaf brother talks about her experiences in public
                                      school and at home. (Grades 4 and up)
Walker, L A. (1985). Amy, the Story of a Deaf Child. New York, NY: Lodestar Books, E. P. Dutton.
                                      The introduction and conclusion of this book discuss the
                                      Supreme Court case sparked when Amy's parents request
                                      a full-time sign language interpreter in the school Amy
                                      attends with hearing classmates. Amy narrates the main
                                      text of this book, telling about her family, her hearing and
                                      deaf friends, how she communicates with her teachers
                                      without an interpreter, her school, and anecdotes from
                                      her life. Non-fiction. (Grades 4-6)

(Annotation prepared by the National Deaf Education Network and Clearinghouse)

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