Library Service to People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Forum


Collection Recommendations

LSPDHHF members are often asked to recommend materials for library collections. The following lists, arranged by general subject area, were created by librarians who work extensively with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Forum members check each list annually to add new titles and remove those that are no longer available.

American Sign Language

ABC stories [videorecording]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media Inc., 1992. VHS.

ASL across America [videorecording]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media Inc., 1989-1992. [Set of 6 cities, each 2 tapes: Albuquerque, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Paul.]

ASL grammatical aspects, complete course [multimedia]. Salem, OR: Sign Enhancers [distributed by Harris Communications], 1995. [Includes book, VHS tape, and CD-ROM.]

The face of ASL [videorecording]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media Inc., 1991. [Set of 4 videos: Basic declarative sentences, Basic questions, Complex sentences, and Conditionals and relative clauses.]

Goode, Joyce Linden. Fingerspelling: expressive and receptive fluency [videorecording]. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress, 1992. DVD. ISBN 1581210469.

Humphries, Tom, and Padden, Carol. Learning American Sign Language, levels I and II: beginning and intermediate. 2d ed. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress, 2004. ISBN 0205275532.

Number signs for everyone: numbering in American Sign Language [videorecording]. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress, 1998. VHS. ISBN 0915035324.

Numbering in American Sign Language: number signs for everyone [book]. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress, 1998. ISBN 0915035723.

Poetry in motion: original works in ASL [videorecording]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media Inc., 1990. [Set of 3 videos: Patrick Graybill, Debbie Rennie, and Clayton Valli.]

The preservation of American Sign Language [videorecording]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media Inc., 2003. DVD.

Signing naturally series [books and videos]. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress. [All student's and teacher's manuals and DVDs, for all three levels. Information at]

Valli, Clayton; Lucas, Ceil; and Mulrooney, Kristin J. Linguistics of American Sign Language: an introduction. 4th ed. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2005. ISBN 563682834.

Deaf Culture

Lane, Harlan L., Hoffmeister, Robert, and Bahan, Benjamin J. A journey into the DEAF-WORLD. San Diego, Calif:, DawnSign Press, c1996. ISBN 0-915035-62-6 (hdbk); 0-915035-63-4 (pbk.).
A comprehensive look at the deaf world in the United States as seen by three giants in the field of deaf studies.

Moore, Matthew S. and Levitan, Linda. For hearing people only: answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Deaf community, its culture, and the “Deaf reality.” 3rd.ed. Rochester, N.Y.: Deaf Life Press, 2003. ISBN 0-9634016-3-7 (pbk) [ order from:]

Padden, Carol, and Humphries, Tom. Inside Deaf Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-674-01506-1
Two deaf authors reveal their own very different entrances into their culture and, by illuminating moments in American Deaf history, clearly show that Deaf people live culturally, and linguistically, complex lives.

Sacks, Oliver W. Seeing voices: a journey into the world of the deaf. New York: Harper Collins, 1990. ISBN 0060973471 (pbk.)
Three long essays describe: the history of deaf people, the power of sign language, and the President Now movement at Gallaudet University but the book is, first and foremost, a paean to the beauty and expressiveness of American Sign Language.

Carbin, Clifton and Smith, Dorothy L., eds. Deaf heritage in Canada: a distinctive, diverse, and enduring culture. Toronto; N.Y.: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, c1996. ISBN 0075513781

Erting, Carol, [et al.], eds. The deaf way: perspectives from the International Conference on Deaf Culture. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 1994. ISBN 1563680262.
Remarkable all-encompassing collection of the viewpoints of worldwide authorities on various aspects of Deaf Culture and on sign language as the empowering expression of Deaf Culture throughout the globe. Based on the 1989 The Deaf Way gathering.

Ladd, Paddy. Understanding deaf culture: in search of deafhood. Clevedon, UK; Buffalo, N.Y.: Multilingual Matters, c2003. ISBN 1853595462
This treatise on deaf culture is done from a British point of view.

Monaghan, Leila Frances, [et al.], eds. Many ways to be deaf: international variation in deaf communities. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2003. ISBN 156368135

Deaf History

Bragg, Lois, ed. Deaf world: a historical reader and primary sourcebook. New York: New York University Press, 2001. ISBN 0814798535 (pbk).

Eriksson, Per. The history of deaf people: a source book. Ørebro, Sweden: Daufr, 1993. ISBN: 9163068222 (casebd).

Fischer, Renate, and Land, Harlan, eds. Looking back: a reader on the history of deaf communities and their sign languages. Hamburg: Signum Press [distributed by Gallaudet University Press], 1993. ISBN 3927731323 (casebd).

Fischer, Renate, and Vollhaber, Tomas, eds. Collage: works on deaf history. Hamburg: Signum Press, 1996. ISBN 3927731595 (pbk).

Gannon, Jack R. Deaf heritage: a pictorial history of deaf America. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, 1981. ISBN 0913072389 (pbk).

Lane, Harlan. When the mind hears: a history of the deaf. New York: David McKay, 1989 (c1984). ISBN 0679720235 (pbk).
--Another edition: Collingdale, PA: DIANE Publishing Co., 1998 (c1984). ISBN 0788152335 (pbk).

Van Cleve, John Vickrey, and Crouch, Barry A. A place of their own: creating the deaf community in America. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 1989. ISBN 0939323491 (pbk).

Deaf Men and Women

Boggs-Qualls, Rosezelle. & Greene, Daryl C. (2001). Walking free: the Nellie Zimmerman story. Richmond, IND: Densmore Reid Publications. ISBN 097008272X
Bolander, A. M. & Renning, A.N. (2000). I was #87: A Deaf woman's ordeal of misdiagnosis, institutionalization, and abuse. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University. ISBN 1563680920

Bragg, Bernard & Bergman, Eugene. (1989). Lessons in Laughter: the autobiography of a Deaf Actor. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. ISBN 0930323467

Buckley, Kathy & Padwa, Lynette. (2001). If you could hear what I see: lessons about life, luck and the choices we make. USA: Penguin. ISBN 052594611X

Buckley, Kathy & Padwa, Lynette. (2003). If you could hear what I see: triumph over tragedy through laughter. U.S.A.: Plume Books. ISBN 0452283353

Carroll, Cathryn & Fischer, Catherine Hoffpauir. (2001). Orchid of the bayou: a Deaf woman faces blindness. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. ISBN 1563681048

Cohen, Leah Hager. (1995). Train go sorry: inside a Deaf World. U.S.A.: Vintage. ISBN 0679767659

Davis, Lennard J. (2000). My sense of silence: memoirs of a childhood with deafness. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0252025334

Flynt, Suzanne L. (2002). The Allen sisters: pictorial photographers, 1885-1920. Deerfield, MA: Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. ISBN 1882374045

Golan, Lew. (1995). Reading between the lips: a totally Deaf man makes it in the mainstream. Chicago: Bonus Book. ISBN 1566250218

Heelan, Jamee Riggio & Simmonds, Nicola. (2002) Can you hear a rainbow? the story of a Deaf boy named Chris (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Learning Book). New York: Peachtree Publishers. ISBN: 1561452688

Kisor, Henry. (1991). What's that pig outdoors; a memoir of deafness. U.S.A.: Penguin Books. ISBN 014014899X

Laborit, Emmanuelle. (1998). The cry of the gull. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. ISBN 1563680726

Lang, Harry G. & Meath-Lang, Bonnie. (1995). Deaf persons in the arts and sciences: a biographical dictionary. U.S.A.: Greenwood Press. ISBN: 0313291705

Moore, Matthew S. & Panara, Robert F. (1996). Great Deaf Americans. 2nd edition. U.S.A.: Deaf Life Press. ISBN: 0963401661

Padden, Carol & Humphries, Tom. (1990). Deaf in America: voices from a culture. Mass.: Harvard University Press; reprint ed. ISBN 0674194241.

Thomas, Sue & Christian, S. Ricky. (1990). Silent night. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0842359095

Whitestone, Heather. (1998). Listening with my heart. New York: Galilee Trade; reprint edition. ISBN 0385488995

Wright, Mary Herring. (1999). Sounds like home: growing up Black and Deaf in the South. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University. ISBN 1563680807

Yaeger Jones, Judy. (Ed.). (2003). Sweet bells jangled: Laura Redden Searing, a Deaf poet restored. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. (forthcoming).ISBN 1563681382

Zazove, Philip. (1993). When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. ISBN 1563680246