best books for speech therapyBest Books for Speech Therapy

We all love storybooks because the benefits to our therapy are unequaled.

  • Storybooks provide an excellent way to keep students engaged while addressing their speech and language goals.
  • Storybooks can be used with all ages and cultures.
  • They can be used to address a wide range of goals, including articulation, semantics, syntax, comprehension, pragmatics, and discourse skills.
  • Clinicians can work at different levels depending on the student’s needs.
  • Students generalize skills learned in storybook reading to other settings.
  • Parents can easily become a part of the treatment process at home, which can greatly increase learning and retention of new skills.

But how do we quickly find the best books for speech therapy that we can use with our children?

We have created this searchable index of the best books for speech therapy.

Use the search function to the right to click on:

  • Storybook Type
  • Speech Therapy Goals
  • Language (Spanish or English)

Related links:  How to Read Books with Children with Language Delay  – ASHA.org

The Grouchy Ladybug

Plot: The story of a ladybug who picks fights with animals much larger than herself. Why we like it: Language targets include: concepts of time, increasing sizes, cycle of day to night, and also great for teaching cooperation and expected/unexpected behaviors.

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

Plot: A  caterpillar moves his way through the life cycle, eating everything in his path. Why we like it: Great book for teaching categories (food, colors), introducing the life cycle, comparing and contrasting, and presenting days of the week and numbers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Plot: A  caterpillar moves his way through the life cycle, eating everything in his path. Why we like it: Great book for teaching categories (food, colors), introducing the life cycle, comparing and contrasting, and presenting days of the week and numbers.

Salí de paseo

Plot: A little boy goes for a walk and greets a series of animals on the way. Why we like it:  Great for practicing first person statements, past tense, animals, and simple sentence structure.

El pez Arcoiris

Plot: A proud fish learns a lesson about valuing inner beauty and friendship. Why we like it: Lovely illustrations, fairly predictable story that is good for vocabulary building, semantic mapping, and teaching predictions and inferencing.  Great story for working on social/pragmatic skills (friendship building/initiating play).

The Rainbow Fish

Plot: A proud fish learns a lesson about valuing inner beauty and friendship. Why we like it: Lovely illustrations, fairly predictable story that is good for vocabulary building, semantic mapping, and teaching predictions and inferencing.  Great story for working on social/pragmatic skills (friendship building/initiating play).

Dónde viven los monstruos

Plot: A boy imagines himself traveling to a far away place, makes unlikely friends and learns to appreciate what he has at home when he returns. Why we like it: Great for working on /r/ blends, describing, and past tense sentence structures. Can be used with many ages.

Por qué zumban los mosquitos en los oídos de la gente

Plot: A mosquito tells a lie to an iguana and sets off a series of events. It is a ‘fable-like’ story. Why we like it: It teaches the value of telling the truth, and is great for visualizing, describing, and sequencing. Can learn different animals, cause and effect, and it

Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears

Plot: A mosquito tells a lie to an iguana and sets off a series of events. It is a ‘fable-like’ story. Why we like it: It teaches the value of telling the truth, and is great for visualizing, describing, and sequencing. Can learn different animals, cause and effect, and it