(3TV/CBS 5) -- Shelly's Adventures is a series of books about 7-year-old Shelly, her friends and family.

Shelly's father is deaf, so Shelly is fluent in American Sign Language. As she explores the zoo, the park, and her other outings with friends, she teaches them how to communicate in ASL. 

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Kentrell Martin is the author of the series, inspired to educate and inform kids about the deaf community, and to help them learn that different isn't strange.

"I have a brother who is deaf, so I grew up having to learn to sign to communicate with him," Martin says.

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Martin visited Scottsdale's El Dorado Private School to read Shelly's Adventures and teach the kids basic communication is ASL. 

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"I'd say at least 85% of the kids know fifteen to twenty signs by the time we are done," he tells Olivia Fierro of the school visits he's done across the country.

He's happy to not only inspire kids to fall in love with reading, but to familiarize them with American Sign Language. 

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For more on the book series, visit shellysadventures.com.

Olivia Fierro anchors 3TV's Good Morning Arizona weekdays alongside  Scott Pasmore. 
 
 


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