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The Best Books For Speech Therapy- A Continually Growing List!


The Best Books For Speech Therapy

There was a time, during my CF, when I would walk the halls with my overstuffed therapy bag. I would set off for a morning of back-to-back speech therapy sessions with individualized plans for each child and a bag full of activities to match each plan. Let me say, there was absolutely nothing wrong with this. It IS called an individualized education plan, right? And I think when we’re learning, this therapy style is necessary. But with growing caseloads and piles of paperwork, planning individualized activities for each child is a hard gig to keep up. In order to save my sanity as a school SLP I had to learn to work smarter, not harder. And luckily, we don’t have to sacrifice effectiveness for our sanity. A few ways I began to work smarter included cutting out pretty and learning to use one activity to target speech, language, and social goals. And my ultimate favorite way to do that is to use a book. You can still provide individualized teaching strategies while only using one book. And you can use this list of the best books for speech therapy to find the perfect book to pair with those strategies.

Why Books?

Books are so versatile. They include written language + a visual.- the perfect teaching tool! While books may not draw out enthusiasm in the same manner that a game might, I rarely have a kid complain about reading a book together. For a few of my kids, reading together during our speech therapy sessions has been the first time they’ve realized that reading is fun! To top it off, there is a substantial amount of evidence supporting the efficacy of using interactive storybook reading as a speech/language intervention.

Using A Book For Every Goal

So that brings us to our list! Our long term plan is to provide lesson plans for each of the following books. Each lesson plan will explain how we use each book to target articulation, social thinking, language content, grammar, inferencing, and fluency goals. But for now, here is the list of our favorite books that you can adapt to teach any target. I discovered all of these books at my local library- see if they’re available at yours. Most of them ended up saving me so much time and energy that I ended up buying them. Take a look through them by clicking on our amazon affiliate links below!

The Best Books For Speech Therapy To Target Mutliple Goals With One Book

Turk and Runt, by Lisa Wheeler and free Turk and Runt Companion Bookmark

When I Grow Up, by Tad Carpenter

Arctic Animals, by Tad Carpener

Barnyard Friends, by Tad Carpenter

On The Go, by Tad Carpenter

Follow The Line through the House, by Laura Ljungkvist

Mystery of Meerkat Hill, by Alexander McCall Smith

One Duck Stuck, by Phyllis Root

On The Spot, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Who Done It, by Oliver Tallec

Books For Vocab/Multiple Meaning Words

The Bat Can Bat, by Gene Barretta

Books for Specific Articulation Goals

/sl/-“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” said The Sloth, by Eric Carle

No Sleep For The Sheep!  by Karen Beaumont

/fl/ Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

/spl/ Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton


I’m sure this list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the best books for speech therapy. With some creative juice, I believe that almost any book could be used to target multiple goals. But we wanted to share what we’ve found to work for us in hopes that you can use it too.  Is there a book we need to add to the list? Let us know!



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