Picture Books About Colors for Speech Therapy

Picture Books About Colors for Speech Therapy

Teaching your students to identify and name colors helps with building category groups for things that are similar colors. You can teach color words to build MLU and adjectives. Using picture books about colors to work on teaching colors is a great way to increase engagement and opportunities to work on receptive and expressive language for colors. I gathered up my fave picture books about colors to use with your preschool and kindergarten speech therapy students. 

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Picture Books About Colors for Identifying and Naming Colors


Here are some books about colors for preschool that focus on identifying and naming colors:  

Using books that have lots of similar color items makes it easy to play fun games like “I spy.”

Color Sensory Bin Activities for Speech Therapy

One way to streamline your planning for mixed groups or targeting a lot of speech and language goals is using sensory bins! Sensory bins pair well with books and increase engagements with your students. Use the color sensory bin activities for eight different colors with any of these color books in this blog post. You won’t about therapy because you will have the following tools included:


  • Color sorting mats
  • Sentence Strips
  • Speech Sound Word Lists
  • Parent handout
  • Color printables
  • AAC CORE boards
  • Category Mats
  • Noun-function Can You Find It? Mats

Children’s Books About Colors For Wh-Questions


For your students with listening comprehension and story element goals, here are some books about colors for preschool and kindergarten that incorporate narrative elements:

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson is a great book that incorporates colors, rhyming, and easy wh-question opportunities. You can also target AAC CORE words for look, see, can, like, and with. After you read the story, you can pull out the color sensory bin to target one of the colors from the book or all of the colors! Go back through the book and have students find a picture that matches the color. 

Curious Toddler A Colorful Book of Colors: A Picture Word Book About Colors for Kids is great for answering who, what, and where questions with animals and items on the pages. For example, there is a green color page with frogs on a log and a chameleon on a stick. You can ask “Who is on the log?” or “Who is on the stick?” and have students answer by adding the color.

Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong talks about colors while sharing about Latin culture and food. You can work on naming items with the colors and asking wh-questions such as “Who is wearing the orange marigolds?” or “Who is holding the orange plates?” This is a great book for your students who are bilingual as it incorporates Spanish words.

Color Books That Would Go With a Garden Theme

During the spring and summer months, working on colors is super easy with these flower-themed color books:

Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert is a great color book for preschool and kindergarten because it has vibrant photos, easy-to-read text, and incorporates colors through flowers.

Rainbows in bloom by Taylor and Michel Putnam is a great book to introduce different shades of colors like light or dark green. In the beautiful flower arrangements, there are hidden items that students have to hunt for on the page. For example, on the yellow and green flower page, there is a hidden light green spider, a kiwi, a green shell, and a yellow butterfly. 

If you need more spring ideas for planning therapy, check out this blog post. You can also find a flower sensory bin in this blog post


Books About Colors for Preschool and Kindergarten


A great book about colors that can be adapted for different speech and language goals is Dump Truck’s Colors: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Not only can you target colors, but you can also work on wh-questions, verbs, adjectives, basic concepts, and vocabulary.

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is a great book to discuss the vocabulary word “change” while incorporating colors. You can talk about the chameleon’s problems, color changes with seasons, and naming animals. To work on pairing an adjective + noun, you have a lot of opportunities to add the color descriptive words to the animal on the page. 

Color Books That Incorporates Emotions

For your mixed groups, you can use color books that incorporate emotions with these suggestions:

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas helps children identify emotions through colors. One day the monster is confused because he is feeling many emotions at once. A little girl shows the color monster different emotions through colors. 

A Little Spot of Emotion by Diane Alber has a set of colored books that talk about emotions. Have your students be emotion detectives and work on identifying emotions in the book. There is even a fun song that goes with the book!


What are Your Favorite Books About Colors for Speech Therapy?


Do you have a favorite book you use to teach colors in speech therapy? Share below the color books you use to teach colors to your students in the comments. Let me know how you use the color book to target goals. I Check out how to use shared book reading strategies in your speech therapy sessions!

Best Ocean Books for Your Elementary Caseload

Best Ocean Books for Your Elementary Caseload

One of the most efficient ways to plan your themed therapy units is to find books that will cover different ages and skills.

Today, I wanted to share some of the BEST ocean books for your speech therapy elementary caseload. Planning extension activities is easier when you have a handful of themed books to pull from for treatment.

Plus, using books in therapy is a low prep material that works well for mixed groups.

Tips for Choosing Themed Books for Speech Therapy

It’s hard to give you ocean books that will perfectly fit your caseload’s needs because we all have different ages and needs for our students.

Typically, when choosing books, I consider how versatile the book is to adapt for different goals and ages and if I can use the book to cover therapy for two to four weeks.

When I search for themed books, I either aim to find stories that fit the ages I serve or cover skills I need to target. For example, if I have students working on wh-questions, CORE words, and needing predictive text, I may select Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck.

If you need some tips for effective shared book reading techniques to use when reading the story in therapy, check out this post

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Ocean Books for Prek-1st Grade Levels

Here is a list of ocean books to use for with your elementary speech therapy caseload!

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae would be a great ocean book to use in speech therapy if you want to teach the category of ocean animals. Each page has information about the different animals and targets vocabulary and verbs related to each creature. There is fun rhyming prose with the text; however, there is a lot of text on each page. You can read chunks of the book across several sessions. Because there is a lot of text, there are many opportunities for finding words with your student’s speech sounds.

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck provides a repetitive text that allows many opportunities to see and hear vocabulary words or target specific CORE words. This book greets each sea animal and says goodbye, which can provide practice with language for greetings.

Need Cheat Sheets for Your Ocean Books To Reference in Speech Therapy Sessions?

If you are running mixed groups and struggle with remembering what targets you can use for your group’s different goals, check out the themed book cheat sheets from the Themed Therapy SLP membership. Not only do you get book cheat sheets for each themed unit, but you also get various digital and printable materials to use as extension activities. Doors re-open July 22nd for the membership, so get on the waitlist HERE.

Ocean Books for 2nd-3rd Grade Levels

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson is a book choice for students working on story narrative elements.

This book also uses rhyming prose, which is excellent for working on phonological awareness skills.

In the story, the snail wants to go sail at sea and hitches a ride with the whale. Each page shares where the whale and the snail go, so the pictures highlight different things in the ocean.

Some skills you can target with this book are homophones, s-blends, word opposites (i.e., night/day, emotions), and basic concepts.

Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta is another book that works well for story narrative goals. It’s a tale about a boy who takes a dory into the ocean to explore. As the young boy rows out to sea, he sees different animals eating food, such as blue fish eating mackerels.

Here is a list of ocean books to use for with your elementary speech therapy caseload!

This book highlights ocean animals’ food chain and addresses why the boy’s grandfather says not to go out in the dory alone.

Ocean-Themed Books for Older Students

For older students, you can use these two books focusing on non-fiction text. Shark Lady by Jess Keating is the ultimate theme smash because it covers types of sharks, a woman scientist’s work, and the theme of finding beauty in something that others may find scary.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner is about the works of environmental scientist Ken Nedimyer. This book teaches about the ocean and provides a theme of small acts individuals can do to help preserve the coral reef. Sea urchins

With rich vocabulary embedded in the book, you can target a lot of tier II vocabulary, comprehension, and discussions that spark personal connections to the reader.

What Ocean Books Do You Use in Speech Therapy?

What types of ocean-themed books do you recommend for SLPs serving Prek-5th grade? Share in the comments your recommendation and how you use that book in therapy. If you need more summer-themed book ideas, check out this blog post.

Want extension activities to use with your ocean-themed books? Check out these blog posts and resources to help you plan engaging therapy:

Ocean Sensory Bin

Ocean-Themed Crafts

Ocean Language Activities for K-2

Here is a list of ocean books to use for with your elementary speech therapy caseload!
Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit

Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit

When it comes to choosing a snowman book for your caseload, you want a book that has great pictures, and LOTS of language concepts to target. Plus, you have a lot of students working on comprehension and oral narration, you want a snowman book that targets story elements. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright ticks off all those boxes for me. It’s a great story that kids LOVE to hear. Today, I am going to share how you can make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit to make your sessions more engaging when working on speech or language goals. If you need more snowman-themed book ideas, head to this blog post! Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience, this means I get a small commission when you purchase anything from Amazon.

What is a Story Prop Kit?

Story prop kits are items related to the book that help children stay engaged during the story. They can be felt characters and vocabulary items for a storyboard or manipulatives related to the story.

Research has shown that students’ comprehension improves when children retell the story in their own words. The two strategies that worked best were children verbally recounting the story and enacting the story given props.

Creating a story prop kit allows you to implement both of these strategies with Sneezy the Snowman!

Can you think of a few kids on your caseload that would love this while working on narration? These stories retell kits can be great for students with shortened attention spans! Or, your kids who love to touch items. Your students will enjoy the activity when it feels more like play!

Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.
Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.

Where Can I Find the Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Props?

For your Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit, you definitely want a snowman, fire, green mug, hot tub, hot chocolate, and ice cream! Having some kid figurines could be great too.

You can always ask your family and friends on Facebook to see if they have any old toys they would want to donate to you and your caseload. Another way to acquire these toys on a budget is by asking parents on your caseload. There is always the Goodwill and garage sale hunt too! If you need some tips for planning themed therapy lessons on a budget, listen to episode 47 on the Real Talk SLP podcast for more tips. Fortunately, I had most of the items in other playsets!

For my story retell kit, I wanted a plush snowman and found it on Oriental Trading company. But, right now, it is not in stock, so you can find one on Amazon.

Grab a fire from Melissa and Doug camping set or this fisher price version on Amazon.

Use a coffee mug from your house or a cup from one of your tea sets.

Look for a metal tin can from Target, or Dollar Tree to be the hot tub.

If you own the Melissa and Doug ice cream set, just borrow the ice cream cones.

For kids, you can grab the little people sets or just borrow Lego people.

During the story, Sneezy melts and needs to be built again. You can find some felt snowmen kits like this one on Amazon (it’s really big) or you can use the build a snowman file folder printables from my snowman-themed language lesson plan guides.

Join the Themed Therapy SLP Membership

Join the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you want more themed therapy ideas like this snowman story prop kit. We provide 2-3 monthly themed units for your Prek-5th grade caseload including book cheat sheets, no print materials, Google Slides, visual crafts, a toy guide, newsletters for parents and MORE!

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Speech Therapy Activities for Sneezy the Snowman

Make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell prop kit to make working on language concepts and story elements more engaging in your speech therapy sessions.

This book is great for story elements, but there are some other great ways you can use this book!

For your students working on CORE words, you can target “like, “put,” “you,” and “more.”

Thre are examples of hot and cold throughout Sneezy the Snowman. You can describe the shades of meaning for hot and cold. 

If you have students with s-blend goals, this is a great book to target consonant clusters.

Practice naming items that would go in the hot and cold category group.

Target “where” questions focusing on prepositions for the location of Sneezy throughout the book.

How Would You Use Sneezy the Snowman in Speech Therapy?

Do your students love Sneezy the Snowman? What goals or activities would you do with this story prop kit? I would love to hear your ideas! Whenever I can find new ways to use a set of materials, therapy planning is easier. If you can use this one-story prop kit with a bulk of your caseload, you are saving LOTS of hours of prep work.

Share in the comments your therapy ideas for using Sneezy the snowman!

Need some more snowman ideas? Here are some blog posts to help you plan a snowman-themed therapy unit:


Make your own Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Prop Kit to work on oral narration as a hands-on speech therapy activity.
Favorite Snowman Books for Speech Therapy

Favorite Snowman Books for Speech Therapy

One way to streamline your themed therapy lesson planning is to start by picking a book for the theme! Once you have a book selected, it’s much easier to come up with activities to use with that theme that also aligns with the book. Many times, a themed book has other opportunities to theme smash. For example, with a snowman theme, a great book to use for theme smashing is Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehler. You can use that book to discuss snowmen while also targeting a jobs or community helpers category! Today, I am going to share some of my favorite snowman books for speech therapy and give you some tips for selecting a book for your caseload.

Tips for Selecting a Snowman Book

When picking a book to use with your students, you want to ask yourself some questions:

1. What types of goals do my students have on their IEPs?

2. How long can my students attend to a book?

3. Can this book be adapted to cover a lot of different goals and discussions?

4. Is this a book that my students can personally relate to in their own life?

5. Is this book at their developmental level of interest?

It’s always good to select a snowman book that is going cover a lot of groups as well as serve many different skilled needs. For example, if you have a lot of students working on story retell, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary, “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright may be a great choice. This book follows story elements and has lots of opportunities for targeting vocabulary.


Similarly, if you have a lot of students working on building MLU and describing goals, using the book, “Just a Snowman” by Mercer Mayer would be a great selection. This book has detailed picture scenes and a variety of verbs to create sentences about what is happening on each page. 

Snowman Book Suggestions by Grade Level

If you are looking for snowman books for speech therapy, this blog post has lots of tips for which books to use for different speech and language goals!

When you plan using a themed-based approach, one way to make selecting a book easier is by choosing a book by grade level or target area.

Here are a few snowman book suggestions by grade level (Amazon affiliate links are included):

Prek-1st grade

Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

2nd-3rd grade

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright


The Biggest Snowman by Steven Kroll

How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace

Skills to Target with Snowman Books for Speech Therapy

It’s always helpful to know why an SLP chooses a book, so I am going to share some reasons why I would use certain books with different groups or ages. Having some examples of how to use a book can make planning therapy easier too! If you need some tips for using shared book reading strategies, check out this blog post HERE

Snowman Books With Reptitive Text

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro or The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming would be wonderful for targeting sequencing. Students that benefit from the repetitive text would do well with these book choices. And, they both provide opportunities for CORE words such as “give, eat, more, all done.”

If you need visual supports for the old lady book to work on CORE words, comprehension and story retell, grab this story map set of printable and animated Google Slides. 

Books that Target Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension

Snowman at Work and Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner would be great for working on grammar, categories, answering wh-questions. The pictures are vivid, so you can target adjectives, prepositional phrases, and verbs when building sentences.

Using Books To Work on Narrative Skills and Inferencing

If you are looking for snowman books for speech therapy, this blog post has lots of tips for which books to use for different speech and language goals!

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a wordless book that allows you to target inferencing, storytelling, and comprehension. You can also incorporate writing by having students share what they would do with a snowman for a day. There are many opportunities to ask and discuss inferential questions in the book.

Furthermore, The Biggest Snowman by Steven Kroll and Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright are great books for working on story elements and comprehension. 

What Snowman-Themed Books Do You Use With Your Students?

What snowman books do you enjoy grabbing off the shelf to use in therapy? I would love to know what your students enjoy as well as some goals you target with the books! You can never have enough books of therapy ideas! Share your favorite snowman book in the comments and what skills you target. If you need some snowman toys or props to use with your books, check out this blog post with ideas for toys!

DIY Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit

DIY Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit

Using books in speech therapy can be a great way to plan therapy because you can adapt the book to cover a wide range of goals, including story comprehension, oral narration, grammar, vocabulary, and perspective-taking. Plus, you can have students working on fluency or articulation carryover to summarize or retell the story while working on their strategies or sounds.

For the younger students, one way to get increased engagement with a book is to create story prop kits. Using story props allows students to kinesthetically get involved with the story. Today, I want to show you how to make an Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to use in speech therapy. 

How to make an Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to use in speech therapy

Where to Get the Book Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Samell

If you are looking for a great fall book that works on story comprehension and story retell, you will want to check out Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell. It was originally called Ouch!, so you may be able to find it at your local library under that name. Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post for your convenience.

When I don’t have a book on hand, I will use a YouTube book read aloud and just mute the reader, so that I can read the book to the students. I always love having the real book, but when you are in a jam, this works well too. Today, I am going to share how you can make a storybook prop kit for Apple Trouble!

To help your students recall the details and vocabulary from the story, it’s nice to have hands-on materials to bring the story to life.

Making an Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to increase engagement in your language therapy sessions

Invest in the Mini Animals and Reuse for Future Theme-Based Lessons

Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to use in speech therapy

Plus, you can use the elements from this story prop kit for future theme-based lessons when working on forest animals, farm themes, hedgehog books, or apple themes. Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post for your convenience. When you use the affiliate link, I get a small commission with no expense from you.

Join the Themed Therapy SLP Membership for Prek-5th Grade Elementary Caseloads

If you love planning by themes for your elementary caseload but don’t have the time or creative energy to find all the activities for your themed therapy, join the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We take lesson planning off your plate so you can focus on enjoying therapy with your students.

You can access over 24 themed units for Prek-5th grade when you join the annual subscription. There are also monthly options, but you only get access for two months at a time. Sign up HERE. See a sample of the apple-themed unit below.

Items you will need to make your story prop kit

 Forest animals figurines: has a mini hedgehog, frog, squirrel 

Plush or mini hedgehog: The mini hedgehog is included in the forest animals figurines. You can find a plush hedgehog on Amazon

Farm Toobs: This set has a pig, and goat. You can get this set on Amazon or at Michael’s. 

Hedgehog’s nest is made from cut up cardboard and green moss hot glued that I found at the Dollar Tree. You could always buy some decorative leaves from the Dollar Tree or craft store and stick them in a box as the hedgehog’s nest.

Fake mini apples: You can find mini and large-sized fake apples on Amazon or at Michael’s. I got mine at Michael’s.

For the other items that get stuck in the hedgehog’s fir, you will need a pear, a blue piece of paper. 

Make a DIY Apple Trouble Story Prop Kit to target speech and language goals

How to Make the Apple Tree in the Story

You can easily make an apple tree using toilet paper rolls and cutting out a green piece of construction paper to look like leaves and branches. Color red apples on the tree. Then, cut two slits in the toilet paper roll on one side. Slide the green tree into the toilet paper roll and now you have an apple tree.

Use this apple tree for a future apple-themed unit to use when talking about apple trees and orchards. You can make an apple orchard sensory bin like the one I share on Instagram. 

Speech Therapy Goals You Can Cover With the Story Prop Kit

With your story props you can target the goals as follows:

  • Story comprehension and oral narration – act out what happened throughout the story
  • Work on basic concepts with the characters and props from the story
  • Describe the character’s by attributes and look for text to support answers
  • Build grammatically correct sentences using the characters and actions from the story
  • Add the props to a sensory bin and allow students to pretend play while working on initiation, commenting, vocabulary, etc.
  • Work on conversation dialogue with the characters
  • Have students practice summarizing or retelling while using transition words. This can also be a skill to work on articulation carryover. 

How Do You Use the Book Apple Trouble in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know how you would use this Apple Trouble story prop kit to target goals with your speech therapy caseload. Share in the comments or tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie

Need more tips on how to use books to cover language goals? Check out this post with some book reading strategies.