A wonderful child-led book that celebrates Deaf culture and introduces readers to British Sign Language Marvellously positive and encouraging throughout, this would be a useful addition to any primary school or public library, as well as being useful to help any child understand a little more about their deaf peers. - The Carousel Ava is like any other 7-year-old. She likes to talk and laugh with her friends, is obsessed with dogs and loves being active. Ava is also deaf - and she's proud of it. She loves her deaf community, that she's bilingual, and that she experiences the world differently from hearing people.
In this book, Ava welcomes her hearing peers to her daily life, the way technology helps her navigate the world and explains common misconceptions about deaf people - and introduces some of her deaf heroes who have achieved amazing things. She talks about her experiences at school making friends with hearing children, and teaches readers the BSL alphabet and some BSL phrases.
Featuring photos of Ava, her friends and family throughout, plus illustrations of hand signs, this book celebrates deafness rather than discussing 'overcoming challenges' or 'stigma'. Perfect for readers aged 5 and upwards.
, Lilli Beese
, Nick Beese
Country of Publication:
11 April 2019
From 5 to 7 years
Children / Juvenile
1: Title page 2: Contents 4: Meet Ava 6: British Sign Language 8: All sign language is unique 10: My mum and dad 12: Life at home 14: My school 16: My deaf friends 18: Hobbies 20: Out and about 22: My hearing aids 24: Cochlear implants 26: Vocalising 28: My future 30: Becoming a good hearing friend 32: BSL alphabet 34: BSL numbers 36: BSL questions 38: BSL important words 40: BSL topics 42: BSL at school 44: BSL out and about 46: Words to remember 47: Further information 48: Index
Lilli Beese (Author) Ava Beese is seven years old. When she was two, her dad Nick posted a YouTube video of her signing with her mum over dinner. It went viral, was watched almost 1.5 million times, and was picked up by BBC News. The videos her family still post of their BSL dinner chats continue to receive tens of thousands of hits. Ava's mum, Lilli Beese, is a BSL interpreter, television presenter and trainee psychologist. Ava's dad, Nick Beese, is a designer and former captain of Great Britain's deaf football team. Together, Nick and Lilli founded support group Deaf Parents Deaf Children. They regularly campaign on deaf issues.
Reviews for Proud to be Deaf
In this book, Ava welcomes her hearing peers to her daily life, the way technology helps her navigate the world and explains common misconceptions about deaf people - and introduces some of her deaf heroes who have achieved amazing things ... an excellent way to understand and empathise. * Parents In Touch *