Video Read-Alouds for Speech Therapy

Speech therapy materials for teletherapy may be limited, but there are many resources that already exist on the internet that just need to be re-purposed and viewed with a keen SLP eye. This is why we wanted to create a resource for SLPs to be able to access book read aloud videos to provide literacy-based intervention in multiple languages!

video read aloud books

It can be effortless to continue to incorporate literacy-based interventions into your teletherapy sessions with minimal prep, and have your students be equally as engaged during their session.  On this page, you will find a list of our SLPs’ favorite read aloud books, what they target, and links to the book read aloud videos!

Two ways to use video book reading in speech therapy:

  1. Watch together and work during and after
    1. Play the video during your session
    2. Pause if you want to break the story up into comprehension questions or do an activity in the middle
    3. Share the link with parents or teachers so that the student can watch it again during the week to increase comprehension or understanding.
  2. Assign the video read aloud books as homework
    1. Send the link to parents for pre-reading
    2. Use the story to probe comprehension
    3. During the session write a parallel story inventing new characters and locations but using the same plot.

And for the adventurous SLP, make your own videos and combine it together! Watch this:


Speech Therapy Video Books for Literacy-based Teletherapy

The Arrival

by Shaun Tan

A wordless picture book about a father

emigrating to a new land.

Wordless picture books are great for inferencing.


Froggy Gets Dressed

by Jonathan London

Froggy se viste (Froggy Gets Dressed in Spanish)

Use this read aloud for targeting clothing, seasons,

winter vocabulary and /r/.


From Head to Toe

by Eric Carle

De la cabeza a los pies (From Head to Toe in Spanish)

This read aloud is great for targeting rhyming,

acting out verbs,

and words with final (s).


The Gigantic Turnip  

El nabo gigante (The Gigantic Turnip in Spanish)

The Gigantic Turnip in Chinese

This read aloud is full of repetition and is great for targeting sequencing.


Giraffes Can’t Dance

By Giles Andreae and

Guy Parker-Rees

Las jirafas no pueden bailar (Giraffes Can’t Dance in Spanish)

This read aloud is great for introducing higher-level vocabulary!


Green Eggs and Ham

Huevos verdes con jamón (Green Eggs and Ham in Spanish)

Green Eggs and Ham in Chinese

Les Oeufs Verts au Jambon (Green Eggs and Ham in French)

This Dr. Seuss read aloud book is great for targeting rhyming, social skills, and vocabulary.


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

by Laura Numeroff

Si le das una galletita a un raton (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in Spanish)

Use this read aloud to target inferencing (“What might happen if he gives him a cookie?”), cause and effect, and articulation practice (/k/, and /m/). 


Julián is a Mermaid

by Jessica Love

Julián es una sirena (Julian is a Mermaid in Spanish)

This read aloud is a beautiful book about acceptance


The Lorax

by Dr. Seuss

El Lorax (The Lorax in Spanish)

Use this read aloud book to target cause and effect.

The rhyming nature of Dr. Seuss targets rhyming, subjective pronouns (you, I), objective pronouns (me, them), and modals (could, would, will, may).


Martin’s BIG Words

by Doreen Rappaport

This read aloud is perfect for teaching children about the great Martin Luther King,

Jr.


The Mitten

by Jan Brett

El miton (The Mitten in Spanish)

Use this read aloud to target sequencing,

vocabulary, and /s/ blends


The Rainbow Fish

El pez arco-iris (The Rainbow Fish in Spanish)

by Marcus Pfister

Use this read aloud to work on social/pragmatic skills

(friendship building/initiating play).


Sick

by Shel Silverstein

The read aloud of this rhyming poem is perfect for children

who are not going to school right now.


Stellaluna

by Janell Cannon

Stelaluna (Stellaluna in Spanish)

Use this read aloud to target vocabulary, idioms (“Blind as a bat”), and articulation (/st/, /l/, and /r/ are found throughout the book).


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly in Chinese

Un día una señora se tragó una mosca (In Spanish)

This read aloud is great for making predictions, targeting animal vocabulary, colors, sequencing, and /s/ and /l/ clusters (English) and /r/ clusters (Spanish).


The Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Paul Galdone

Los tres cabritos Billy (The Three Billy Goats Gruff in Spanish

This is a great pattern story and provides tons of opportunities

to work on /g/ in therapy in English or /k/ in Spanish.


The Three Little Pigs

Los tres cerditos (The Three Little Pigs in Spanish)

The Three Little Pigs in Chinese

This read aloud is good for sequencing goals, cause and effect, and descriptive words.


Tuesday

by David Weisner

A fantastical wordless picture book in which frogs

can fly on their lily pads.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

La oruga muy hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Chinese

La Chenille Qui Avait Tres Faim (The Very Hungry Caterpillar in French)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Japanese

Use this read aloud to target sequencing and vocabulary!


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Vamos a cazar un oso (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in Spanish)

This read aloud is excellent for targeting sequencing and vocabulary


Storyline: This is a great FREE (English only) resource that contains many story books read aloud by celebrities!

The benefits of using interactive read aloud books for speech therapy.

There are many benefits of using interactive read aloud books for speech therapy.   benefits of literacy-based lessons have led to an increased use of storybooks in intervention.  Read out loud books are beneficial to the work of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) from both an educational and a practical perspective.

  1. The use of storybooks provides an excellent way to keep students engaged while addressing their speech and language goals. 
  2. Storybooks, such as the Green Eggs and Ham read aloud can be used with all ages and cultures to address a wide range of goals, including articulation, semantics, syntax, comprehension, pragmatics, and discourse skills. 
  3. Clinicians can use book read-aloud videos to work at different levels depending on each student’s needs ranging from decontextualized discrete skills to skills that require more global processing, such as inferring meaning in stories, understanding characters’ feelings, and producing story sequence. 
  4. Clinicians can use read aloud story themes and contexts to help students generalize skills learned in storybook reading to other settings. 
  5. On the practical side, using sets of read aloud videos and books with activities increases the efficiency of the often busy SLP by decreasing preparation time once the materials have initially been created. 
  6. Parents can easily become a part of the treatment process at home, which can greatly increase learning and retention of new skills.
  7. Our role as SLPs is to align to the general education curriculum and using storybooks in slp videos for intervention enables us to do this with ease.

Tailor these read-alouds to your session! Whether you pause the video and check for understanding as you go along, play the entire video and model a story-retell, ask WH-questions at the end, or even mute the video while you narrate the story to emphasize goal-specific details. There are countless variations for how storybook read-alouds can be incorporated into teletherapy.