“Bridging language through reading bilingual books, and fostering a love of reading between the parent and child.”
Tall Giraffe is not just about producing any children’s books but a series of bilingual Auslan- English stories for families with deaf or hard of hearing members, or people interested in Auslan. The Auslan signs have been terrifically drawn by deaf artist Viktor Jäderlund, alongside the wonderful story illustrations by Janet King.
What is Auslan?
Auslan stands for Australian Sign Language, and these books are being created for families who have or know someone that uses it. Adding pictures of the corresponding Auslan signs alongside our story allows deaf children to develop their first language proficiently, as hearing children do when reading books, while also allowing non-Auslan users to become familiar with every day signs and the differences in the grammar.
Why are we doing this?
We believe every family should be able to read to their children, and are passionate believers in providing Deaf children with an accessible first language. We’re also aware of the benefits these bilingual books can have in helping bridge the two languages between family members.
- Every child deserves to see themselves represented in books, giving them a sense of identity and belonging.
- There are very few books available like this and any that have signs have usually been written overseas and therefore are not in Auslan.
- The big difference with our books is that they don’t stigmatise or glorify deafness. Instead, they show it for the every day situation it is for everyday families, and help promote every day vocabulary in Auslan.
- It makes learning to sign fun and accessible to those who have a loved one that is deaf.
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