Archive for April, 2015

New Once Upon a Sign Award-Winning Children’s DVD Series Retells Favorite Children’s Tales in American Sign Language (ASL)

Posted in Press Releases on April 29th, 2015

For Immediate Release


“Sign” on for a Modern Twist on Classic Stories


New Once Upon a Sign Award-Winning

Children’s DVD Series Retells Favorite Children’s Tales in

American Sign Language (ASL)


Coming to DVD May 26, 2015

From DawnSignPress-The Nation’s Leader in ASL


San Diego, CA (April 29, 2015) – You know the stories well.  You had them read to you dozens of times as a child, your parent’s voice bringing the characters to life.  But what are those timeless tales like when performed by a Deaf cast signing ASL? Amazing, fun and totally engaging for everyone, thanks to DawnSignPress, a company well-known for quality children’s ASL products, and the launch of their new award-winning Once Upon a Sign DVDs available May 26, 2015.


Initial three titles in launch are “The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language” – Winner of Parents’ Choice Approval, “The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears in American Sign Language” and “The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language. All are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs. Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with clever modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles.  Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.


“With the popularity of teaching babies sign language parents may be looking for that next step for their children to learn more signs as they grow older,” says Joe Danis president of DawnSignPress. “Well, look no more! Children, deaf or hearing, will love watching these stories being brought to life in beautiful American Sign Language. and it’s a great way to bring together the deaf and hearing community.”



Once Upon a Sign Launch DVD Titles:


In “Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror” young Alice Cogswell wants to enter the talent show but she’s unsure of herself. After an audition that doesn’t go her way, she gets some magic help. But will this magic help get her to the talent show and help her ASL poetry sparkle?


“Once Upon a Sign: The New Little Red Riding Hood” is set in New York City and takes you on an exciting trip through Central Park. Little Wolf will be up to his old tricks, but will Little Red fall for it, or will the Park Ranger save the day? And how will Grandma react to all the excitement going on?


In “Once Upon a Sign: The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” overlooking the scenic California coast a quaint home sits alone. This is the home of the Three Bears, but today, something will change. An unexpected golden-haired visitor awaits them when they return home after a nice, long walk on the beach.


Future Titles in the Once Upon a Sign DVD series include Jack and the Beanstalk, The Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs.  For more information on these and all titles in the series, visit


About DawnSignPress

DawnSignPress creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL Now, with ASL’s popularity n the mainstream on a steady rise DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. For more information visit




Series Title:                Once Upon a Sign

DVD Titles/ISBN       The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language  978-1-58121-258-7

The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language 978-1-58121-257

The New Goldilocks ad the Three Bears in American Sign Language:


Release Date:              May 26, 2015

Category:                    Children, Ages 3-8

SRP:                            $15.95 each

Length:                        Approx. 26 Minutes each



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Joke-Telling Dragon and Star-Struck Turkey Lead The Way In Children’s Book Awards

Posted in Press Releases on April 9th, 2015


For Immediate Release


 Children’s Books From Author

 Terry John Barto That Inspire Kids to Dream

Receive Awards From National Organizations

 Los Angeles, CA (April 9, 2015)–Two new books from author Terry John Barton and published by Author House have received awards from organizations that honor the very best in children’s literature.

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon just won Mom’s Choice Gold (, Story Monsters Ink Seal of Approval (with a perfect score!),  NAPPA Bronze ( and was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards ( In making the announcement one of judges for Story Monsters Ink ( said “The expressions on the character’s faces really help to facilitate the story and personalities of the characters. The kids and I enjoyed reading this. We shared some good laughs.” A student judge said “Everything was perfect! I loved it! It was awesome!”

Nickerbacher is a sweet-tempered, bushy-browed beast who spends his days guarding Princess Gwendolyn and dreams of being a stand-up comic — not exactly a profession for a dragon! He’s true to his duty as a dragon – as dictated by his Papa – but wants only to make the world laugh. Funny jokes are plentiful in this hilarious 34 page soft cover book with illustrations by Kim Sponaugle. SRP is $15.15 and ebook is $3.99.

Gollywood, Here I Come, also a Mom’s Choice Winner and Story Monster Approved, tells the tale of a talented little turkey named Anamazie Marie LaBelle who  fantasizes about becoming a big movie star and living up all the glitz, glam and glory that comes with it. With colorful whimsical illustrations by Mattia Cerato, Gollywood Here I Come!  taps into current pop culture trends of TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol; and the public’s fascination with celebrities and movie stars.  At its heart, the story leaves young readers with the positive message “You can do anything if you work hard and never give up.” This charming 34 page soft cover book retails for an SRP of $15.15 with the ebook available at $3.99.

To order Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon and Gollywood, Here I Come visit

About the Author Terry John Barto

Terry John Barto has crafted dances and musical staging for more than 200 productions throughout the United States and abroad. His versatility ranges from Annie and Crazy For You to The Who’s Tommy and West Side Story. Terry staged long-running shows for Princess Cruises and a variety of his choreography has been seen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. As the Creative Director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he turned diverse ideas into screenplays for animation and toys. He has also written another children’s book Gollywood, Here I Come! (Mom’s Choice Award Winner and Story Monster Approved). For more information about Terry John Barto, please visit


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