best books for speech therapy Best 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.

Below find the best books for speech therapy that we can use with our children.

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

The Christmas Tree/El árbol de Navidad

Plot: Everyone in the family comes together to make a contribution while decorating the Christmas tree. Why we like it: Told in English and Spanish side by side, it provides opportunities for teaching winter vocabulary, family members, describing, and Wh- questions.

El gallo que fue a la boda de su tío

Plot: A Cuban folktale about a rooster who is trying to get clean on the way to his uncle’s wedding and encounters humorous setbacks. Why we like it: Great for children aged 5-7, and can be used to teach animals, compare and contrast, teach ‘if’…’then’ and consequences of actions.

The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding

Plot: A Cuban folktale about a rooster who is trying to get clean on the way to his uncle’s wedding and encounters humorous setbacks. Why we like it: Great for children aged 5-7, and can be used to teach animals, compare and contrast, teach ‘if’…’then’ and consequences of actions.

Atrapados

Plot: When a little boy tries to rescue his kite from a tree, he throws item upon item trying to get it down, resulting in everything getting stuck! Why we like it: Amusing story- kids will laugh out loud.  Great for teaching predictions, sequencing, /r/ clusters, and teaching expectations.

Stuck

Plot: When a little boy tries to rescue his kite from a tree, he throws item upon item trying to get it down, resulting in everything getting stuck! Why we like it: Amusing story- kids will laugh out loud.  Great for teaching predictions, sequencing, /r/ clusters, and teaching expectations.

The Cazuela the Farm Maiden Stirred

Plot: The story of how a maiden and farm animals work together to make the rice pudding for the fiesta. Why we like it: Good for sequencing, teaching animal names/categories, and beautiful illustrations for describing.  The story is told in English with Spanish words incorporated.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Plot: When a chameleon realizes it can change, it adds body parts and colors from many animals at once. Why we like it: Great for 3-5 year olds to work on body parts, colors, shapes and comparing and contrasting. Not available in Spanish, but is easily translated.

La viejecita que no le tenía miedo a nada

Plot: The story of a lady who never gets scared, until one night she is followed by haunted clothes that form a scarecrow. Why we like it: Repetitive “chorus.” Great for /s/ and /r/ clusters in Spanish, plurals in both Spanish and English, and naming clothing.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Plot: An old lady swallows one animal after another to catch the preceding one. Why we like it:  Good story for targeting animal vocabulary, colors, sequencing, and /s/ and /l/ clusters (English) and /r/ clusters (Spanish). Although written in English, this story is easily translated to Spanish.