red sled

Red Sled

Title: Red Sled

 Author: Lita Judge

Description:  A little girl leaves her sled outside at night, and realizes that she is sharing it with many forest animals!

Goals/ objectives:

  • Early narrative (simple sequence story)
  • Perspective taking
  • Early prediction
  • Emotion/Facial Expression
  • Vocabulary (forest animals: moose, raccoons, opossum, porcupine, etc.)
  • Social Pragmatics
  • Speech Production

Why I like this story: This story was recommended by a good friend (and also People Magazine ;)) and has been a hit with so many children. It’s mainly a wordless book with adorable illustrations.

Ideas for use:

  • Have children be the “teacher” and read it to you. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then) and expanding on their language. Would be great to incorporate with early learning of story grammar elements (character, settings, initiating event, etc.) and pair with “Braidy” from Mindwingconcepts.
  • A great story to “act out” in a group. Have different children be the various animals and get on the sled (can use an actual sled, a carpet square, blanket, etc.). Great to work on “sharing space.”
  • Use thinking and speaking bubbles and have kids fill them in. What are the animals thinking, saying, etc.
  • Mainly a wordless book, but lots of opportunity for speech production. For example, I have been using for syllable sequencing kiddos, and making up different sounds the animals make (appropriate for their targets) as they travel down the hills (i.e. wooogoooo, gaaaaaadeeeee, moooooowaaaa, etc.). You could do this with straight articulation targets too.
  • The illustrations are great for working on simple prediction. What animal will be next? What will happen next?
  • Have kids write a “sequel.” What would happen the next day? Would they try another winter sport? Would new animals join? Kids can draw their own pictures, could create on a story making app (i.e. Story Patch), use google images, etc.

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

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Old Lady

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books

Title:  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!

Author: Lucille Colandro

Description: Another version of the little old lady who swallowed a fly, but with a back to school twist….


  • Sequencing
  • Story retell
  • Early Prediction
  • Phonological Awareness (Rhyming)
  • Speech Production (s-blends, /sw/)

Why I like this book: There is something about this crazy old lady that kids seem to love. It always gets a reaction, and therefore some discussion, and participation.

Ideas for this book:

  • Create Boardmaker or google image pictures to help children sequence the story as you read, and/or for retelling the story after it’s complete. Encourage temporal markers such as first, then, next, after that, last
  • Have students make guesses as to what she may swallow next. Encourage them to use the previous clues to make a guess (i.e. what could she do with  the pen?)
  • Stress the rhyming words and/or provide the first sound and see if they can “fill in” the remaining sounds. Can they generate additional words that rhyme with each pair? Great to pair with the What Rhymes? App, or Pocket Phonics App
  • Given the repetitive story line, there is lots of opportunity for word or sentence level /sw/ blends (i.e. swallowed)
  • Have kids create their own, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a X. Would be great for reasoning skills, rhyming and story generation. You could use Story Patch app to make this story and even email the story home to share with parents.

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

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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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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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Title: Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Author: Minfong Ho

Description: A Caldecott Honor winning story of a mother desperately trying to keep the animals of the jungle quiet as her baby is sleeping. However, little does she know that her baby is awake the whole time.


  • Inferencing
  • Reading body language
  • Phonological awareness (rhyming)
  • “Who?” questions
  • Retelling (early narrative)
  • Animal vocabulary
  • Perspective Taking
  • /l/ blends, /l/

Why I like this book: This is one of my favorite stories. The pictures are adorable, and the poetic story keeps kids engaged. Kids also love the animal noises that author provides (i.e. HOOM-pra, HOOM- Pra for the elephant,  Op, Op for the frog, etc.)

Ideas for use:

  • Great book to teach early inferencing and prediction. There are visual clues as to what animal could be making noise next. Have kids collect the “clues” from the mothers words or from the pictures
  • the body language is amazing in this story. Lots of examples for children to interpret, act out, and infer what she is thinking and feeling. Add cut out thinking bubbles above the mother’s head.
  • have kids fill in the blank to generate the rhyming word while reading
  • the story is a good model for “who” questions (a person or animal) as the mother is consistently wondering “who” is making the given noise.
  • a simple sequencing narrative for kids to retell. Use the pictures and have the kids retell the story. Encourage temporal markers
  • would be a good simple narrative to pair with “Braidy” from Mindwingconcepts
  • good story to discuss “setting” as the story takes place in a hut in the jungle of Thailand . Have kids generate and discuss the animals of the jungle, the plants, what they would see and hear (pair with the Visualizing and Verbalizing approach for description)
  • Carry over to pretend play: If a group- Have kids “act” it out! One “mommy” can tell the animals to “hush!” The repetative phrases are easy for kids to remember.
  • If you don’t have a group, use pretend play toys and act out. A simple pretend play house would work- what could be making noise in the house that the mommy would worry about? (i.e. mail man, the dog, cars outside, etc.) Work on sequencing of play schemes.
  • The mother never knows the baby is AWAKE. Perfect to discuss and model perspective taking. Use thinking bubbles and act out for comprehension
  • Lots of /l/ blends and repetitive for kids to practice (sleeping, black, etc.)

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

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santa's stuck

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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Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep

Title: Sheep in a Jeep

Author: Nancy Shaw

Age: Preschool, Early Elementary

Description: This story follow some silly sheep whose jeep breaks down.


•Phonological Awareness (rhyming)

•Speech production, “sh”, “j,” s-blends

•Early prediction

•Early narrative- retelling

Grammar (they are)

Why I like this book? The sheep show great body language for kids to interpret, and the story is always a hit given the silly events that take place.

Ideas for use:

•In a small group it’s a great book to act out for collaboration and ideation (i.e. social language group)

•Have kiddos tell the story using their own words.

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP, all4mychild

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