Harry has suddenly requested stories every night before bed and he delights in finding different objects and characters and reading along with me. Here are some of our current favorite books that we think are particularly good for children with a hearing loss:
“Bessie Needs Hearing Aids,” is a story that a teenager wrote about her own experiences as a child with hearing loss. She wanted to help other deaf children by sharing her experiences with them. This book goes through the process of getting hearing aids as a child and encourages children to be proud and excited about their hearing technology.
This story takes place in India and is about a little hard of hearing elephant that goes on an adventure to look for his hearing. While he is traveling he meets new friends who help Ranvir find his special talent and understand all that he can do. This book includes British and American sign language alphabets as it is a book written by Genevieve Yusuf, who specializes in writing language books for children. Each time this book is purchased 10 percent goes to the Rangammal School in India for children with hearing loss.
Bessie-Belle is a fairy who Freddie rescues from being stuck in a tree. To repay him for his help, Bessie-Belle offers to grant him some wishes. Freddie wishes for all sorts of different pets, but because Bessie-belle wears a hearing aid and can’t hear very well she mishears Freddie and keeps getting his wishes wrong. This story is aimed at both deaf children as well as hearing children, as the story is all about deaf awareness and how talking directly to a deaf person and not mumbling can help them to understand you and not get things wrong. This one is Harry’s absolute favorite books at the moment!
My lovely little niece actually introduced me to this book after picking it out at her school library! “I Can’t Hear Like You” is all about a boy named Tom who wears hearing aids. He introduces us to his life and school and how being deaf impacts his play. It also includes signed text in the British Sign Language alphabet.
Read more: How I am teaching my deaf baby sign language
This is part of the Sign and Singalong series and is a really fun song to learn the signs for. I think it’s great for both hearing and deaf children to learn this classic nursery rhyme with the signs alongside.