Apple Farmer Annie (Ana cultiva manzanas)

Title:  Apple Farmer Annie

Author: Monica Wellington

Description: Annie is an apple farmer, and uses her apples for everything, from picking to cooking, to selling at a farmer’s market! Available in spanish and english all in one book.


  • Vocabulary (Fall themed, curriculum)
  • Narrative (retelling, generating)

Why I like this book: A simple story that introduces fall themed vocabulary. Kids can usually relate to apple picking, so a good story for eliciting language.

Ideas for this book:

  • Introduce fall vocabulary with this story
  • Tie to curriculum vocabulary especially around various kinds of apples, planting, etc. There are so many “apple” activity websites on the web. Here are a couple I found: Apple vocabulary and activitiesApple Themed Ideas
  • A good story to generate a personal narrative about a child’s own experience going to the apple farm. Help students create their own story. You can use the Story Patch App to create, then send home to parents via email.
  • A simple sequential story to have children “retell” using pictures as support. Encourage temporal markers (first, then, next, after that, etc.)
  • For a slightly more complex narrative, or when introducing story grammar elements, tie to the Story Grammar Marker through Mindwingconcepts. I did this with a client who is new to “Braidy”….





  • Bring in real apples and incorporate some “compare and contrast” activities, tie to the EET (expanding expression tool) for creating semantic networks and description, categorization, etc.
  • Use apple for following directions (red apples, small apples. big apples, green apples). Have them put in, on, under, etc. varying the complexity of your directions.
  • The story is available  in both spanish and english (with a provided dictionary). Great for classrooms or students who speak Spanish, or are early spanish learners.

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

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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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City Dog Country Frog

Title: City Dog, Country Frog

Author:  Mo Willems

Description: A story of friendship between a dog and a frog.


  • friendship
  • social skills
  • vocabulary (seasons)
  • descriptive language
  • prediction
  • past tense verbs

Why I like this book: Beautiful pictures and message about friendship.

Ideas for use:

    • great for discussion about friendship in general. What made their friendship work? They do each others interests (not just their own), they took care of each other, they check in with each other, they make plans, etc.
    • Good for discussion about “change” as the frog doesn’t return at a point in the story, and the dog must adjust. You can predict/infer what could have happened to the frog as the author doesn’t explicitly state (i.e. Did the frog hibernate? Move to a new location? Did he die?)
    • could use for descriptive language (oral or written) and tie to the Linda Mood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing program. What does the dog see, hear, feel, smell, how does he move, etc.
    • discuss the seasons. Brainstorm ideas for activities and events within each season
    • Can tie to science curriculum if appropriate (frog life cycle, hibernation, seasonal changes, etc.)
    • great modeling of present vs. past tense throughout the story
    • have students write the “next” chapter of this story. What happens with dog’s new friendship? What do they do next? Have them write and illustrate….

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

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