Good Night Gorilla

Book: Good Night, Gorilla

Author: Peggy Rahmann

Age: preschool, early elementary

Description: A sneaky gorilla steals the zookeepers keys, and lets out all of the zoo animals. They follow him home, all without him ever realizing.


  • Syllable sequencing (velar-alveolar sequence)
  • Animal vocabulary (zoo animals)
  • Perspective taking
  • Early Narrative
  • Reading Body Language
  • Early Prediction

Why I like this book: It’s one of my favorites because it can be used for so many goals. It’s consistently a hit with my younger friends, but also a great almost “wordless book”for my friends who are working on their narrative skills.

Ideas for use:

  • For kids working on sound sequencing (i.e. apraxia or underlying motor planning difficulties) they can practice saying “good night” (2 syllable velar-alveolar sequence) or “good night X” (3 syllable sequence) as the zoo keeper says goodnight to each of the animals on the story. Pair with touch cues. Great repetitive practice.
  • For other speech production kiddos maybe with “fronting”- good practice of /g/ (but challenging with the co-articulation….so consider that…)
  • Great book for perspective taking. Does the zookeeper “know” that the gorilla is out? Why not? Act out to help with understanding. There are lots of opportunities to discuss what characters are “thinking” and “feeling” (i.e. Gorilla is thinking “wahoo! I’m out…who else can I play with?”). Pair with cut out “thinking bubbles.” Copy pages and write in actual thinking bubbles
  • Lots of great body language to interpret and act out
  • A great book for early prediction. Who might the Gorilla let out next? (i.e. Is a cow a good guess? How about a tiger? Why is a tiger a better guess?, etc.)
  • A great story to retell. Have kiddos use their own words to tell you what is happening. Encourage temporal markers, and appropriate sentence structures.
  • For younger re-tellers- use pictures supports of the animals and sequence the order. Practice first, next, then, after that, etc.

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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