Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Title: Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Author: Book:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli , eBook: Zuuka, Inc

Description: It’s Valentine’s Day and Biscuit and his friend spread the love…

Goals/ objectives:

  • “w” and “f” sounds
  • animal sounds
  • early sequencing
  • turn-taking in conversation
  • OT goal:  figure-ground perception
  • OT goal: craft project to go along
  • “wondering” vs “knowing”

Why I like this story: It’s Biscuit!  Need I say more :)

Ideas for use:

  • for minimally-verbal children, encourage them to attempt a “doggie sound” when Biscuit “woofs”
  • lots of opportunities for “w” and “f” production and simple sound-sequencing (e.g., “doggie”, “meow”, “knock knock”)
  • for more sound play, have Biscuit deliver valentines to a farm full of animals.
  • OT:  prior to reading the story, have kids make one of the adorable valentine crafts found on our Pinterest Board,
  • then act out the story pretending to deliver the Valentine using simple play house and people.
  • talk about conversational turn-taking.  With a girl figurine and a dog, act out the turn-taking.  The little girl speaks, then the dog barks and so on.
  • Use a visual to denote whose turn it is so kids get the rhythm (e.g. pass a bean bag back and forth)
  • OT:  the eBook has bones hidden on every page, encourage kids to find them and touch them.  There will be a tally at the end.  Great for keeping kids focused without being distracting.
  • Enjoy this adorable story, and then discover more Biscuit books…

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

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Watch Me Throw the Ball

Watch Me Throw the Ball

Title:  Watch Me Throw the Ball!

Author:  Mo Willems

Description: A clever multi-level story about the pure joy of throwing a ball regardless of skill and how to support a friend, keeping unnecessary competition out of the picture.

Approximate Age/Language Level: Preschool, early elementary

• competition
• futility of bragging
• learning new motor skills
• friendship
• turn taking
• reading nonverbal communication
• emotional regulation
• tone of voice

Why I like this book: Elephant and Piggy are true friends who enjoy and sometimes annoy one another. They show off at times and also learn from each other. I love the many aspects of friendship that are represented in this book. It also depicts the importance of having fun in a motor-based activity…even when you are not too skilled.

Ideas for use:
• read before teaching a new motor skill and discuss the value of having fun as you learn
• read to a group of children before or after recess, de-emphasizing competition
• have kids act out the story and talk about which attitude feels better
• have kids re-tell the story by looking only at body language and facial expressions in the illustrations
• discuss what makes a friend and how friendship was evident in this story
• talk about false pride and bragging and how it makes others feel. Use thinking bubbles to help kids think about what others are thinking

• See if kids can identify the tone of voice the characters are using, and how that makes the other feel as well. Have kids imitate and “try again” with a more appropriate tone of voice. How does that change the situation? Maybe even practice using different words? (i.e. Good try, I can help you vs. You did not throw that very far!)


Submitted by: Jill Perry MHA, MS OTR/L and Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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