Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Let's Talk Tuesday - SLP Recommended Books For Every Child

Let's Talk Tuesday is a bi-weekly series with ideas & resources for promoting healthy speech development for your children (of any ability), but especially those with Apraxia, Autism, speech disorders or late talkers.  I am not a speech therapist, but I am a mom of child with Apraxia.  I share these ideas in hopes that they will help someone else.  You can view all of the Let's Talk Tuesday posts here.  

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Remember our Speech Therapist Recommended Toys post?  (read it here) Well, since so many of you liked that post, we decided to join forces again to bring you some other Speech Therapist Recommended products...

I asked a few of my favorite SLPs to share their top 2 or 3 recommended books... that every child should have!

We are also working on some upcoming posts with other Speech Therapist Recommendations, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter, because I'd hate for you to miss them!

By Bill Martin, Eric Carle
Suggested Age Range:  2-7 years old

By Bill Martin, Eric Carle
Suggested Age Range:  2-7 years old

These are great repetitive books for young children that allow kids to predict and participate in reading, introduce basic vocabulary, and can be read over and over!

Beth Browning, MS CCC SLP
Providing private home based speech therapy for children in Utah 
from Layton to Lehi.
(she's actually our SLP & we LOVE her!)


by Judi Barrett and John Nickle
Suggested Age Range: 4-8 years old

This book is filled to the brim with funny animal related experiences that one should largely avoid. Each page starts off with the word 'never' and then goes on to highlight an animal scenario. For example, one page states, "Never go shopping for shoes with a centipede." The corresponding silly picture shows a centipede trying on dozens upon dozens of shoes. I use this book as a fantastic visual to ask worthwhile questions such as describe why the you would not want to go shopping with a centipede. With my prompts and cues, I try to get them to say responses such as, "because it would take so long to try on all those shoes because of all those feet," or "because I would run out of money because I would have to buy so many pairs of shoes for the centipede." By exploring and answering difficulty WHY questions, such as that, the student is able to grow as a communicator.

by Judi Barrett and John Nickle
Suggested Age Range: 3-8 years old

This book not only gets the gears of your creative brain turning, but it also has the ability to encourage students to get out of their seats in an attempt to mimic portions of the story. For example, "The wiggliest thing in the world is a snake ice-skating." Imagine a room filled with students doing their best snake ice-skating impression? Now that is a room that is filled with both laughter and learning. Together, we describe why we believe it might be hard for a snake to ice-skate (they don't have feet so that makes it difficult to wear ice-skates) or why we thought a snake would not enjoy ice-skating (maybe it's too cold for them because they are usually a desert animal?). Again, exploring and answering WHY questions is one of the best ways to help build a child's communication abilities.

Erik X. Raj, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Detroit, MI


By Bill Martin, Eric Carle
Age Range: 1-5 years old

This book is a classic for a reason! For younger kids, this book has simple, appealing pictures. Basic animals are highlighted along with colors, which is great for early developing vocabulary. For the beginning reader, this book is a predictable, repetitive style book that a beginning reader will be able to read (or pretend they are because they have it memorized).

By Kathryn Otoshi
Age Range: 3 to adult

This book is an absolutely incredible book that everyone should own. It has won numerous awards, and for good reason! This book can be used for the smallest toddler, all the way up to adulthood. The book hits on colors and numbers, which is great for early developing skills. However, the crux of the book is how a personified color Red, bullies Blue. The other colors in the book are afraid to stand up to Red until the number One comes with a different shape and refuses to be bullied, or let Red bully Blue. He encourages the other colors to turn into numbers as well and refuse to be bullied or witness bullying. At the end, Red’s power is gone. Great for parents, educators, speech/pathologists, and social workers, this book really does have it all. In addition, it also contains other concepts great for speech/language including comparatives (bigger/smaller) and early idioms (Blue feels blue).

By Dr. Seuss
Age Range: 2-7 years old

I picked this book mostly because my daughter LOVED it. It’s great for early talkers because it has a lot of sounds that children can be encouraged to imitate, and that children will enjoy trying to imitate. For early readers, any book that has rhyme is great to encourage early phonemic awareness skills.

Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech/Language Pathologist
Lowry Speech Therapy
Denver, CO
You can read her awesome & helpful guest post here


No, you weren't mistaken... Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was recommended TWICE!

Thanks SO much to all of our awesome speech therapists for participating!  

If you want more information about any of them, please feel free to email me.  I highly recommend each of them!

Tell me... what books are on your "must read" list for kids?   

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  1. I love this list! A few of these are family favorites but there are a couple we haven't read. I will have to check them out! Thanks for sharing at Anything Goes! :)

    1. Just stopping by again to let you know I featured this post at this week's linky! :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by the Pintastic Party and contributing your article!

  3. Thanks for stopping by the Pintastic Party and contributing your article!

  4. Terrific round up! Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-Op, which I host on my site along with other bloggers. I'm pinning this one :-)

    Jennifer @ Generation iKid


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