• Children's Books



    Reading with your child is a great way to facilitate reading comprehension as well as work on receptive and expressive language development.   


    Before you read a story, take a minute to talk about the cover illustration and title with your child.  Make predictions about what the story may be about and connect your ideas to what you already know about the topic (e.g. “The Wheels on the Bus might be about riding a bus around…Do you like riding the bus to school? What kinds of things do you see?  I wonder what we’ll see in THIS story?”)

    It’s important to talk about what you’re reading during a story.  Take some extra time to notice the pictures, link things you see to the words you’ve just read, make predictions about what may happen on the next page and see if you’re correct.  

    Not sure what type of questions to ask? 

       *The 6 WH questions will address every important component of a story:

        In the beginning of a story, you can ask about WHO the story is about (characters), WHEN and WHERE the story is happening    (setting), and WHAT the problem or goal is for the characters. 

        In the middle of the story, we find out HOW the character solves the problem or meets the goal (first, then, next, after that). 

        At the end of the story, we find out if the character solves the problem or meets the goal and what the outcome is (resolution).

     **It’s also very important to ask your child additional how and why questions about things not explicitly stated in the text so they can develop inferencing skills (e.g. “How did that make the character feel?”, “Why do you think he did that?”, “How do you know”?”, “What clues does the story give us that make you think that?”)

    After you read a story, talk about what you liked best and make connections from the story to your own world.  Discuss what the author may have been trying to tell the reader (e.g. Is there a moral to the story?).  After you have read a story together and chatted about it before, during, and after, see if your child can re-tell you the story, or see which one of you can re-tell it with the most number of important parts (characters, setting, problem/goal, events, and outcome).

    Your child works with leveled books for his “just right reading level” at school but this type of approach can be taken with ANY story you and your child are reading together.  In addition to any leveled reading material your child may bring home from school, here are just a few favorite picture books from the speech room that you may also have at home:

    Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

    Splish, Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton

    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

    Knuffle Bunny Too! by Mo Willems

    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

    Girrafe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

    Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk

    You WILL Be My Friend! by Peter Brown

    Ish by Peter Reynolds
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  (...or ANY Don't Let...  books by Mo Willems!)
    Two Little Birds by Meg Newell DePalma 
    Children’s Literature Titles by Speech Sound

    In addition to facilitating language development, reading books that include your child’s specific speech sound is a great way to model appropriate productions. Most of these books will be easy for your child to read and include repetitive language with lots of opportunities to produce target speech sounds. While reading, pause to allow your child to fill in the word that targets his/her sound.


    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle The

    Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    How Many Bugs in a Box by David A. Carter


    Pizza Pat by Rita Goldman Gelman

    Purple Sock, Pink Sock by Jonathan Allen

    Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

    Ten Apples Up On Top! By Dr. Seuss


    City Mouse-Country Mouse by John Wallner

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff

    Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley

    The Gum on the Drum by Barbara Gregorich


    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton

    My Dad by Anthony Brown

    No, David! by David Shannon 


    In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

    Teeny Tiny by Jill Bennett and Tomie dePaola

    The Fat Cat Sat on a Mat by Nurit Karlin

    Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill


    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

    I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt


    Fall Leaves Fall! By Zoe Hall

    The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

    Fuzzy Yellow Ducks by Matthew Van Fleet

    The Dog Who Cried Woof by Bob Barkly


    Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman

    Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

    The Three Pigs by David Wiesner


    Cows Can’t Fly by David Milgrim

    From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

    Five Little Ducks by Penny Ives


    Happy Hiding Hippos by Bobette McCarthy

    Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Eric Carle


    Know Your Noses by June A. English

    Two Eyes, A Nose, and a Mouth by Roberta Grobel Intrater

    Nine Men Chase a Hen by Barbara Gregorich


    If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

    Zip, Whiz, Zoom! by Stephanie Calmenson

    Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth by Roberta Grobel Intrater


    Can You See What I See? by Walter Wick

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

    Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett


    Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw

    Splish, Splash! by Sarah Weeks


    5 Little Lady Bugs by Karyn Henley

    Big, Small, Little Red Ball by Emma Dodd

    Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus


    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood

    Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day by Dawn Lesley Stewart

    Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek Stars! Stars! Stars! By Bob Barner

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


    Stop that Pickle! by Peter Armour

    Snake Supper by Alan Durant

    Ant Parker Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

    Socks by Dr. Seuss

    /l/ Blends

    Cows Can’t Fly by David Milgrim

    I Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges

    Slip! Slide! Skate! by Gail Herman

    Flip-Flops by Nancy Cote

    /r/ Blends

    Big Frank’s Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire

    Little Green Truck by Ken Wilson-Max

    Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

    /dg/ or “j” as in “juice”

     Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

    Making Plum Jam by John Warren Stewig and Karen O’Malley

    The Animal Hedge by Paul Fleischman


    Ah-Choo! by Margery Cuyler

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Say Cheese, Please! by Leslie McGuirk


    The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

    Oh, the Things You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss

    One, Two, Three! by Sandra Boynton

    Cousin Ruth’s Tooth by Amy MacDonald

    /w/ and /y/

    Big Wheels by Anne Rockwell

    I Went Walking by Sue Williams

    The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zelinski