Wednesday, August 29, 2012

50 Great Books for Speech & Language

Hi All!

You guys know how much I *love* books, right? I use books almost every single therapy session. Literacy is so, so important. I make it my goal to incorporate literacy into all of my therapy sessions (including artic and fluency!)

I get a lot of emails about which books I use the most, book suggestions for Story Grammar Marker, etc. If you're familiar with my Teachers Pay Teachers store (Whitneyslp), you know I make a lot of book companions for my favorite books. But you can use books to target any therapy goals with or without a book companion, and whether or not you're using Story Grammar Marker.

Below, you'll find a list of 50 books that I use regularly to target speech and language goals, as well as at home with my own little one. This is by no means a complete list....I use MANY other books throughout the year, but these are ones I believe everyone should have in their personal libraries. :) Click on the book titles below to see if I have a book companion for that book!

1. Big Al, by Andrew Clements
2. The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch
3. Miss Nelson is Missing, by James Marshall
4. All of the "There Was An Old Lady" books, by Lucille Colandro
5. All of the "If you give a..."books, by Laura Numeroff
6. Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
7. Pout Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen
8. Turkey Claus, by Wendi Silvano
9. Big Al and Shrimpy, by Andrew Clements
10. Katie Loves the Kittens, by John Himmelman
11. Princess Pigtoria and the Pea, by Pamela Duncan
12. Mr. Duck Means Business, by Tammi Sauer
13. All of the Bear books, by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
14. The Mitten, by Jan Brett
15. Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett
16. Gilbert Goldfish, by Kelly DiPucchio
17. From Tadpole to Frog, by Wendy Pfeffer
18. The Important Book,  by Margaret Wise Brown
19. Pierre the Penguin, by Jean Marzollo
20. Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli
21. From Caterpillar to Butterfly, by Deborah Heiligman
22. Pig's Egg, by Katherine Sully
23. Tarra & Bella, by Carol Buckley
24. Knut the Polar Bear, by Craig Hatkoff
25. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams
26. Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano
27. Just A Snowman, by Mercer Mayer
28. Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson
29. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
30. Turkey Trick or Treat, by Wendi Silvano
31. All of the Little Critter books, by Mercer Mayer
32.Where the Wild  Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
33. The Napping House, by Audrey Wood
34. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
35. Caps For Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina
36. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
37. Corduroy, by Don Freeman
38. The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
39. Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Williams
40. Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
41. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
42.The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper
43. The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
44. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka
45. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Williams
46. Swimmy, by Leo Lionni
47. Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
48. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
49. A Bad Case of the Stripes, by David Shannon
50. The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, by Trinka Hakes Noble

Don't see a book companion for a book you need? Check out my Best-selling Book Companion Companion....a HUGE No-Prep packet that works for ANY book you're using! (And keep checking back....MANY more book companions are in the works!)

I'd love to hear what some of your favorite books are! Did I leave any books out that you can't live without?


  1. The Pigeon books are big hits with students. I still sometimes pull out either Clifford or Carl books for young students.