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Join our colouring competition and win Deaf-related children's books!

Updated: Apr 10

Hey everyone! We've got an egg-citing announcement for you! 🎨

We're thrilled to announce our Colouring Competition, where kids can showcase their artistic talents and stand a chance to win some amazing children's books that promote deaf awareness and inclusivity.

Due to the great success and interest from our audience on our recent article "15 Inspiring Kid's Books with Deaf Characters, or by Deaf Authors," shared during International Children's Book Day, we've decided to partner up with renowned children's book author Julie Alison McDonald and the Little Signers Club to offer you the chance to win their latest books.

To participate, simply follow the steps below:

2. Let your creativity flow and colour the sheet using your favourite colours. No printer? No problem! You can open the sheet on your phone, tablet, or laptop and use digital drawing apps to paint it.


3. Share a photo of your masterpiece on Instagram or Facebook, tagging @DeafUmbrella and using the hashtag #KidsColouringCompetition. If you prefer you can send a picture of your colouring sheet to Please, remember to use the title "Colouring Competition".

4. Stay tuned to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

The competition will run from Monday 8th April to Sunday 14th April, and winners will be announced by Monday the 15th April, when we'll contact them directly (UK residents ONLY).

Get your colouring pencils ready and unleash your creativity! We can't wait to see all your colourful creations.

Good luck, and Happy Easter holidays from the Deaf Umbrella team!


Julie Alison McDonald is a children’s picture book author and her series of books aims to cultivate a culture of inclusivity where the things that make us unique are celebrated.

Her latest book - ‘How Hattie Hears’ - due to be published on 4th May - informs young children about how deaf people communicate. In fact she studied BSL Level 1 as part of herresearch for the book.

More information about her books on her website

Little Signers Club

Shelly, from Little Signers Club, has created a Rhyme and Sign series after her eldest daughter was diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder at a level that is classed as hearing deaf (0.4 centile).

The books are an inclusive and helpful resource for all children and their grown-ups making learning British Sign Language fun, accessible, and establish signing confidence at all ages.

Set of multi award winning, dual language picture books with English and BSL:

  1. Our Farmyard Friends: A Rhyme and Sign Adventure about farm animals Join the farmer on her evening journey to collect tired farm animals. Board the tractor to meet new friends like a tired sheep, a muddy pig, and a hurried hen.

  2. At the Bottom of My Garden: A Rhyme and Sign Adventure about minibeasts Explore the garden's wonders through the eyes of a child. Discover minibeasts slowly unveiling on each page, with surprises hidden along the way.

  3. Out of My Window: A Rhyme and Sign Adventures about things that go / transport Embark on a transport-themed adventure with the Little Signers Express. Enjoy a game of I-spy as you journey through towns and countryside.

  4. Animal ABC; A Rhyme and Sign Alphabet - the BSL fingerspelling alphabet Learn the British Sign Language (BSL) fingerspelling alphabet, including left-handed and right-handed graphics. Sarah, Duchess of York, learned her signing ABCs from this book, which also introduces animal signs.

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