Save 15% when you book for Summer Reading 2022 by February 1!

The Collaborative Summer Reading Theme for 2022 is: Oceans of Possibilities: Océano de Posibilidades.

Stories by Hand has you covered with a high-energy, interactive program that features ASL vocabulary for oceans and ocean life:

Signs Under the Sea

A photo of a smiling white women with glasses and shoulder length brown hair appears on the left. She is signing FISH in American Sign Language, as cartoon fish swim around her.Dive into splashy stories, songs, and fun activities that explore the world of underwater animals through American Sign Language! Presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series

This program can be presented as an all-ages program, or adapted to a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-age audience.

Indoor, outdoor, and online programs available.

 

  • Single program (45 minutes): $400 plus travel expenses.
  • Additional same-day sessions: $300 plus travel expenses.

Book a program for Summer 2022 by February 1 and get 15% off!

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Interested in a different program theme? Check out all Stories By Hand program offerings here.

 

 

 

 

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Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass

A little boy with olive skin and dark hair and eyes begins to sign PLEASE in American Sign Language. Text appears in white against a blue background and says: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass. 6 webinars presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. January - June 2022. Includes live webinars and recording access through 8/31/21. StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way.

Your Season Pass registration includes access to the 6 live webinars listed below, PLUS extended recording access for all webinars through August 31, 2022!

  • Winter Signs: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Lovey Dovey Signs: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Spring Signs: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Weather Signs: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Ocean Signs (Summer Reading Special): Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 Eastern
  • Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern

Register now for the Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass

Or register for individual webinars here.

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Registration now open for 2022 eCourses for Librarians and Educators!

Registration is now open for upcoming sessions of my popular eCourses through the American Library Association!

Purchase all 3 courses as a bundle and save!

All eCourses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work at your own pace, and use a combination of videos, readings, discussion forums, and interactive projects.

American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 1

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 24, 2022 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
More information and registration


American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 21, 2022 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
More information and registration.


American Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 16, 2022 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)
More information and registration.


Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

“One of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken.”

“Kathy is an amazing instructor. She made learning online very easy and comfortable. She replied quickly when students had questions and she responded with feedback with videos to help sign better.”

“I am amazed. It couldn’t have gone better. I came away learning many signs I can use and gained some helpful information for my storytimes.”

“The instructor was phenomenal, and I am already incorporating course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

 

Register now!

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Register now for Winter/Spring Webinars and Series!

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Beginners: Fridays, February 18-March 25, 2022 from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific | StoriesByHand.com/webinars | Words appear over a drawing of upraised hands in bright pastel colors against a white background.

Hands Up: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginners)
Fridays, February 18-March 25, 2022  from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific

Learn and practice American Sign Language for library settings in this interactive series. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Includes recording access for all sessions through April 25, 2022. Individual:$240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you register by January 20 and enter promo code EARLYBIRD at the top of the ticket form!

 

Grow your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive online series. Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff - Intermediate: Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific. Register at https://storiesbyhand.com/webinars/ #ASL @familiustalk

Hands Up: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Intermediate)
Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific.

Practice and gain confidence in your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive series. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Includes recording access for all sessions through June 24, 2022.
Individual:$240. Group rates available.

Register now!  Get 20% off when you register by January 20 and enter promo code EARLYBIRD at the top of the ticket form!

 

 

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series

Learn vocabulary and techniques to help you respectfully incorporate American Sign Language into storytimes in these interactive theme-based sessions! Each webinar includes 30 days of recording access. Get 20% off individual registration when you enter promo code READANDSIGN at the top of the ticket form!

Two snowpeople smile at the viewer. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Winter Signs. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Winter Signs: Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Heart shaped cookies surround the text: Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Lovey Dovey Signs. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Lovey Dovey Signs: Tuesday, February 1 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Pink, yellow, and red flowers appear below the text: Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Spring Signs. Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Spring Signs: Tuesday, March 1 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

A white boy with blond hair looks up at a picture of the sun while signing SUN in American Sign Language. A white woman with light brown hair and glasses looks up at a picture of snow while signing SNOW in American Sign Language. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Weather Signs. Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Weather Signs: Thursday, April 7 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Text appears in white against a background of blue jellyfish floating through green water: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Ocean Signs. Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Ocean Signs: Thursday, May 5 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Illustrations of a sun, watermelon, beach ball, sunglasses, beach umbrella, and flip-flops appear against a green background. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Summer Signs. Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

A little boy with olive skin and dark hair and eyes begins to sign PLEASE in American Sign Language. Text appears in white against a blue background and says: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass. 6 webinars presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. January - June 2022. Includes live webinars and recording access through 8/31/21. StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass: Includes live access for all 6 Little Hands Signing webinars above, PLUS extended recording access for all webinars through August 31, 2022. Individual: $200. Register now!

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Register now for Creative Coaching Groups: 6-Month Mentorship Program

I am excited to be mentoring a new crop of writers in the January to June 2022 Creative Coaching Groups! If you’re looking for a way to take your work to the next level, check out this program available exclusively to members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:

January-June 2022 Creative Coaching Groups: A 6-Month Mentorship Program

This 6-month mentorship program, available only to SCBWI members, will connect you with a published mentor author or illustrator who will provide detailed written feedback on your work each month and conduct monthly online small group meetings that provide support, brainstorming, and community. You will also have the opportunity to improve your craft through peer critiques. Each cohort will be capped at 3-6 participants.

Each Creative Coaching Group includes:

Monthly mentor critiques: You will submit your work for critique each month and receive a detailed written critique from your mentor, for a total of 6 critiques. (See submission details below for each cohort.) It’s up to you whether you want to submit new work each month, or revise your work and resubmit for another pass. Illustrators will also have the option to follow targeted illustration prompts.

Monthly peer critiques: You will complete a monthly written peer critique for each of the other members of your cohort, and receive written critiques from your peers each month. (See cohort details below for maximum numbers in each group.)

Online group meetings: You’ll meet with your mentor and cohort for seven 60-90 minute meetings.  (See groups and dates below.) These live online meetings will be a chance to ask questions, brainstorm, get clarification about critiques, and receive craft and career guidance tailored to the needs of the group.

Email group: Your cohort will connect via an email listserv facilitated through Google Groups. This will be your place to share resources, ask questions, and connect with your cohort.

This session of Creative Coaching Groups will run January-June 2022.  Click on the links below for costs, dates, deadlines, and details for each specific group.

*Writers Getting Ready Cohort – Beginning Writers in All Kidlit Categories (Fiction and Nonfiction) – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan
*Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate  – Mentor: Olga Herrera
*Picture Book Cohort – Advanced – Mentor: Cindy Kane
*Illustrator Cohort – All Experience Levels – Mentor: Young Vo
*Easy Reader/Chapter Book Fiction Cohort – All Experience Levels – Mentor: Joe McGee
*Nonfiction Cohort – All Kidlit Categories and Experience Levels – Mentor: Ann McCallum Staats
*Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate –
Mentor: Shawn Stout

*Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced – Mentor: Meg Eden

 

Register now!

 

 

 

 

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Signed Copies of My Books Now Available in the DCI Online Bookstore!

Looking for a unique holiday gift? How about an autographed book?

You can purchase autographed copies of my books – with some terrific bundle deals from Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore. All proceeds go directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program. They can even be personalized!

Order now!

DCI Bookstore

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25% off Nita’s First Signs and More!

Text reads: Get 25% books by Kathy MacMillan with coupon code SIGNON at Familius.com. Covers of Nita's First Signs, Nita's Day, She Spoke, and The Runaway Shirt appear below text.

Start your holiday shopping now! Get 25% off Nita’s First Signs, Nita’s Day, She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, and The Runaway Shirt!

Use coupon code SIGNON at https://www.familius.com/?s=kathy+macmillan

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One week from today! ASL ABCs: Food Signs

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY.  Text appears in black against a wooden tabletop with lemons, a lime, and purple grapes on the right hands side: ASL ABCs: Food Signs with Kathy MacMillan. Wednesday, November 10 at 10:30 AM Eastern. Hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library. for kids and families. Online via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/ASLABCsFood

ASL ABCs: Food Signs

hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library

Wednesday, November, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern

Sing, sign, read, and play together in this interactive online storytime for the whole family! Register at https://tinyurl.com/ASLABCsFood

Online via Zoom. Presented in spoken English with Zoom live captioning.

 

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Saturday’s Storytime in the Garden Postponed

Tomorrow’s Storytime in the Garden at The Ivy Bookshop has been postponed due to expected storms. Keep an eye out for a new date, and stay dry, everyone!

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Register now for ASL ABCs Online Storytime

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY.  Text appears in black against a white background with colorful leaves hanging from the top: ASL ABCs: Autumn Signs. Wednesday, October 20 at 10:30 AM Eastern. Hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library. for kids and families Online via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/ASLABCsAutumn

ASL ABCs: Autumn Signs

hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern

Sing, sign, read, and play together in this interactive online storytime for the whole family! Register at https://tinyurl.com/ASLABCsAutumn

Online via Zoom. Presented in spoken English with Zoom live captioning.

 

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