Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple

Title: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple

Author: Ana Martin Larranaga

Description: Two friends spot a delicious apple hanging from a tree. The problem is they can’t get it unless they work together.


  • Social Skills: teamwork and collaboration
  • Speech production: bilabial and alveolar sequences, /l/
  • Early Language: verbs, early utterances
  • Early narrative
  • Retelling

Why I like this book: Although a very simple story, I have found this book quite versatile for speech and language goals from very young to early elementary. There is also something special about the illustrations that kids (and adults) love:)

Ideas for this book:

  • A perfect simple story to act out. If in an individual session, read the story and pair with pretend play. If you have a toy pig and toy chick you’re all set. It’s a very simple sequence story so great for teaching pretend play sequences, incorporating dialogue, etc. If in a group/dyad, you can physically act out. There are 2 characters but also a couple ants that can be incorporated. Have kids come up with the props: what could be an apple, a tree, apple cores? Focus on the collaboration process, body language/facial expressions, etc.
  • Great for discussion around working together to solve problems. Pair with advocating and negotiating ideas from our Social Adventures App. Help break down this skill for children using social catch phrases like “I have an idea…”. Stress how they can’t complete the task without working together
  • Create thinking and speaking bubbles for the characters in the story. What are they thinking/feeling? Why?
  • Speech production: Great for motor planning kiddos for bilabial and alveolar sequence practice (i.e. pepo, lolo (I also change the chicks name to “bobo” if focusing on bilabials), apple, “no way” (when can’t reach the apple), “help me” (says animals),boom-boom, oh man (when apple falls) too-tall (can’t reach apple), one-two, big-pig, ti-ny, big apple,  you get the idea…)
  • /l/: lolo, apple
  • Given the simple nature of the story great for early language concepts: simple verbs, agent + action, etc.
  • Given the simple nature of the story, I use to introduce story grammar elements. There are simple characters, setting, problem (kickoff), internal response,events and resolution. Great when introducing the Story Grammar Marker through Mindwingconcepts
  • For earlier narrative skills a great story to have kids “be the teacher” and retell the story encouraging temporal markers (first, next, then, etc.). Pair with the Story Patch App or other story retelling apps.
  • Tie to curriculum: apples, planting seeds, composting, etc. Use sequencing cards to sequence these concepts, write sentences, etc.

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

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Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Book Title Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Author: Anna Dewdney

A brief description: Llama Llama Holiday Drama is a cute book about a young llama who endures all of the preparations of Christmas and eagerly anticipates the arrival of the holiday…only to find that the hoopla of the big day is a bit too much. The book ends with little llama snuggled up in his mama’s lap, learning that “Gifts are nice, but there’s another; The true gift we have is each other” (pg. 27).

Approximate Age/Language Level: Preschool/Early Elementary

Goals/Concepts addressed: Llama Llama is ripe with possibilities for speech and language goals. There is, of course, the most obvious one: any child working on /l/ sounds will love to practice them over and over while reading this book. The book can also be used to facilitate a discussion of Christmas vocabulary, both familiar (fluffy snow, cookies, gifts, stocking, snowflakes) and unfamiliar (dreidels, eggnog, jingle music, funny elves, lights ablaze). It’s written in a catchy rhyme, making it a great book for helping build phonemic awareness. And finally, the underlying themes of anticipation, disappointment, and love help weave a beautiful story that holds great potential for promoting discussion about emotions.

Ideas for use:

  • Practice or bombard with /l/ sounds while reading.
  • Before reading the book, discuss Christmas vocabulary.
  • During or after reading the book, discuss and define unknown vocabulary.
  • Before reading the book, list and discuss Christmas traditions.
  • As you read the book, check off the traditions you had listed.
  • After you read the book, list and discuss the traditions that were not thought of before reading the book.
  • Ask students to summarize the narrative in their own words, as doing so requires them to infer what happened to little llama and put it into simple narrative format.
  • Use the book as a springboard for discussion about emotions; talk about different emotions and how we learn to manage our emotions.
  • ALSO ADDED a Lesson Plan from the Lesson Diva idea. Thanks Heidi from @pediastaff for the heads up!
Submitted by: Becca Jarzynski, M.S., CCC-SLP, Author of Child Talk:

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Santa’s Stuck

Title: Santa’s Stuck

Author: Rhonda Gowler Greene

Description:  Santa eats a few too many sweets and gets stuck in the chimney. His only hope of escaping is the team effort of his reindeer, and the pets of the house.


  • Phonological Awareness (rhyming)
  • Speech Production (s-blends, /l/, /s/)
  • Early Narrative
  • Why Questions
  • Early Prediction
  • Reading Body Language

Why I like this book: For our friends who celebrate Christmas, it’s humorous with great illustrations that kids love. A good story that gets you into the holiday spirit.

Ideas for use:

  • Have children fill in the rhyming word when appropriate. Can they generate another word that rhymes?
  • Lots of repetition of “No luck, Santa’s stuck.” Great repetition of /s/, /st/ and /l/. The story is filled with lots of opportunity for all of these sounds.
  • An easy story to have children retell using the pictures. A simple sequence of events. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then). Would be a good book for Mindwingconcepts. Clear “kick-off” (Santa gets stuck) and events, tie up.
  • Lots of opportunity for early “why” and reasoning. Why is Santa stuck? What do they have to be quiet? etc.
  • Great for teaching prediction. Each picture has a small circle illustration that often tells what is happening next.
  • Awesome illustrations for reading body language. What are the animals thinking? Feeling? Why?

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

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