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Growing Vegetable Soup

Title: Growing Vegetable Soup

Author: Lois Ehlert

Description:  This beautifully illustrated book brings the sequence of growing and enjoying one’s own vegetables to life.


  • Vegetable Vocabulary
  • Vegetable Growth Cycle
  • Narrative/Story Retell
  • Sequencing
  • Pretend Play

Why I like this book:  This book offers the “just right” amount of information to use as a primer for a planting unit, and the illustrations are beautiful.

Ideas for this book:

  • Generate sequence cards by copying the key pages of this book and have kids put them into sequence.
  • After reviewing the vegetables introduced in this book and their salient features, play the Bag Game using the set of vegetable pictures.
  • Reinforce the concepts by actually planting some seeds in small cups or gardens and watching them grow over several weeks.
  • Incorporate some pretend by using Playdoh for the “planting”.  This also addresses some fine motor goals:
    • Flatten a small ball of Playdoh to make the “dirt”
    • Roll tiny balls of Playdoh between thumb and first two fingers to make “seeds”
    • Press the seeds into the dirt
    • Roll Playdoh between two palms to make “stalks” and “stems”; plant in the dirt
    • Roll more tiny balls for “vegetables” and place on the stalks and stems
    • Replace the Playdoh vegetables with plastic fruit (the Velcro kind are ideal), pretend to chop and place in a soup pot
    • Serve and enjoy
  • Good book for reinforcing multisyllabic word production (vegetable, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, etc) and velar production (corn, cucumber, broccoli, carrot, cut, cook, etc)
  • Lois Ehlert has a wonderful collection of books, use this book as part of an author study
  • The illustrations in this book are very simple, have kids make their own collage art.  Have precut shapes available or have the kids trace and cut their own for more fine motor fun.

Submitted by:  Karen S Head M.S. CCC-SLP

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Spot Bakes a Cake

Title: Spot Bakes a Cake

Author: Eric Hill

Description: It’s Spot’s Dad’s birthday, so he plans to bake a cake for the occasion


  • Early Sequencing
  • Pretend Play
  • Early basic “Wh” Questions
  • Speech Production: “k” initial and final word positions

Why I like this book: Every little kid loves Spot. The flip book quality is always entertaining and keeps kids engaged.


Ideas for this book:

  • Make visuals for kids to sequence: shopping, mixing, baking, decorating, eating
  • A great story to use to help kiddos who are struggling with pretend play. Can read the story and then “act” it out. I’ve been using a bowl, spoon, plastic “easter” eggs, a box for an “oven,” and a pretend cake (MelissaandDougpretendbirthdaycake). We act out the story, complete with singing happy birthday. Can build and expand on the pretend play scheme: before making-make the shopping list, drive to the store, shop. After: wash the dishes, put dishes away, etc.
  • Great for early exposure to “wh” questions. Where will they buy the ingredients? Who is hiding? Whose birthday is it? Why are they making a cake?
  • Lots of practive of “K”: cake, bake, cook, clean, cupboard, card, coloring, crayons, etc.
  • Great to pair with apps: Cakedoodle or BirthdayParty. Can do before or after the activity
  • Youtube has several Spot episodes as well

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

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Carl’s Birthday

Title: Carl’s Birthday

Author: Alexandra Day

Description: A mother tries to surprise Carl her dog with a surprise party. However, Carl and Madeline ,the little girl, find out on their adventure through the house.


  • Narrative / Retelling  (Wordless book)
  • Speech production /k/ (Carl, cake, coat, collar)
  • Why questions
  • Perspective taking
  • Verbs

Why I like this book: A beautifully illustrated wordless book that works well across ages. I keep finding new ways to use it, and kids love it. If you’re a dog lover, the book is even more appealing.
I look forward to reviewing more of the series.

Ideas for use:

  • Given it’s a wordless book, it’s a great book for overall expressive language. Take turns on each page being the “author.” Focus on any number of language goals: subject + verb + object, causal, sub- verb agreement, etc.
  • Great for retelling. Incorporate “first, next, then, etc.”
  • Use for speech production, especially “fronting.”  “Carl goes…..” is a great repetative phrase to work on. Additonally there are other opportunities including “cake, kids, coat, collar, etc.”
  • Why questions: Have kiddos figure out Why is mommy cleaning up? Why are Carl and Madeline hiding under the table?” etc. Use the illustrations to help them generate their own answers.
  • Good for basic perspective taking. The mommy doesn’t know that Carl and Madeline are in the house? Why? Why don’t they want her to know they are there? Use cut out bubble thoughts to help with this concept.
  • Great for basic verbs as Carl and Madeline do many activities (run, eat, drink, play, hide, etc.). Easy to incorporate “he/she/they” as well.

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

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