Books are one of my favorite speech therapy tools for preschoolers because they are full of language, and I can adapt them to suit any student's needs. I love using books that are familiar to students, but I also like to spice things up sometimes and bring less familiar books into my therapy room. Here is a round-up of five of my favorite books that I added to my therapy room this year!
1) OH NO! by Patrick George: This is a wordless picture book with bright and clear pictures. What makes this book unique is the transparency overlay on each page. The child can flip the transparency to change the picture! I love using this book to target predicting, past tense verbs, intonation, answering wh-questions, and early word shapes.
2) Spot the Difference: A great lift the flap book! What makes this book different is that under each flap, there are two images with one difference. This book is perfect for targeting negation and adjectives.
3) Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman: This book is one of my all-time favorites for targeting rhyming. The premise of the book is that there is a thief who steals objects and replaces them with a rhyming item. The child can guess what the thief will leave behind. It's such a natural way to work on rhyme production because the rhyme is inherent to the story! Even if the child doesn't guess the item, they are still practicing thinking of rhyming words. The pictures are hilarious and make kids laugh. Children particularly like when the thief replaces a hat on someone's head with a cat!
4) Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins: The playful text in this story, combined with the little holes on each page, make this book a huge hit with preschoolers. Kids LOVE poking their fingers in the small holes that the little bird pecks on each page. Final consonant deletion, spatial concepts, past tense verbs, pronoun (I), concepts (many, few, some), and rhyming are all goals that I have targeted using this book.
5) Little People: Let's go to School: I adore all of the Little People books for their diverse representation of people. Each page provides ample opportunity to model language. I have honestly targeted every goal with this story and others in the Little People collection. My favourite goals to target with these stories are vocabulary, verbs, SVO sentences, pronouns, describing, and spatial concepts.
I showcase these books over on my Instagram Page in my "Favorites" Highlight. Feel free to check it out!
Have you used any of these stories in your therapy room? What is your favourite book to read to preschoolers?