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Posted Jan 18 2011 12:00am

18th JANUARY 2011: A new, beautifully illustrated basic guide to baby signing, Signing Hands: Baby Signing Basics, is out now ( ) and is a ‘must have book’ for all parents.

A finalist for ‘Most Innovative Baby Product 2010’ at The Baby Show for Trade, the book has been produced in collaboration with leading British Sign Language author, Cath Smith, and experienced baby signing teachers.

Signing Hands; Baby Signing Basics not only gives parents first signs to get started with, but includes tips for success from experienced baby signing teachers as well as crucial development information and what to expect from your baby.

With baby signing becoming increasingly popular in the UK, this is a fantastic way building your child’s communications skills from 6 months onwards. At this age, a baby's gross motor skills are sufficiently developed to make simple gestures. Signing therefore enables them to bridge the communication gap and show their parents what they need and want.  

Shelley Ensor, Founder of Little Learner Books, said, “Little Learner Books was founded in 2010 and we believe we have found a niche in the provision of educational resources for baby signing and Early Years signing. ‘Signing Hands: Baby Signing Basics’ can be enjoyed by your baby alongside mum, dad, siblings and other relatives or care givers. It’s fun to flick through the colourful pages together and put into practice the signs that have been beautifully illustrated. Older brothers and sisters can also be a part of the fun by helping to read the stories and sing the songs we have included”.

She added, “If your baby is clapping and waving, this suggests they have sufficient control over their gross motor skills to make simple first signs such as milk, eat, bed and cuddle.  By having ‘Signing Hands: Baby Signing Basics’ on your bookshelf, even if there are no signing classes near you, you can still give your child a great first step towards communicating and expressing themselves clearly”.

Anne-Marie, signing Mummy to Charlie, Milly and Rudi, said, "This really is a visually appealing, literally 'hands on' book that can be enjoyed by mums and little ones together – and we do, often.”

To buy Signing Hands: Baby Signing Basics and find out more about Little Learners Books go to

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