Real Talk SLP episode 17 – Building a Diverse Book Library

Have you ever taken an inventory of your book library? When I discovered Shontaye Glover’s IG account @havingoursay last year, I started looking at my book library differently.


As a school-based SLP, I would often plan by themes because it was the most efficient way for me to plan for multiple goals and ages. One thing that I was missing from many of my themes was books with characters from different cultures. I tended to lean towards books with animals, vehicles, or category types like apples, fall, etc. But, Shontaye has shown me how I can still plan my favorite themes and broaden my book selection to make sure it showcases children and characters of all races and walks of life.


Shontaye always shares new books on her IG that inspire you with characters from different cultures and backgrounds. She gives you a great synopsis of the book and how to use it in your therapy room.


In this episode, Shontaye shares about how to build your own diverse book library, and how she started hers!


She also gives us some practical tips on how to choose books with characters from different cultures and ideas for how to use them in therapy.


Of course, I wanted her fave book recommendations, so she shared those at the end of the interview:


Plus, Shontaye shared all about her new book “Liam’s First Cut” that is on pre-sale. You can get your own copy here:


This book will be so helpful for my students with Autism to be a social story for going to the barbershop.


Want all of Shontaye’s book recommendations? Head to her website:


Top 5 book recommendations to add to your book library:


Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer

Liam’s First Cut by Taye Jones (This is Shontaye, how cool!)

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Thank You Omu by Oge Mora

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi


How to connect with Shontaye:

Diverse books:

Instagram: @havingoursay

Real Talk SLP episode 16 – 5 back to school tips for SLPs

Raise your hand if you feel like you got sucked into the Jumanji game and you are still trying to get used to your new body?

Yep, the Jumanji game is distance learning and our character’s weakness is technology. If you need a back to school chuckle, then you want to listen to this latest podcast episode.

It has all the best back to school tips that every SLP needs to adjust to this new normal of working from home while also taking care of our families, and trying to schedule every student in the day while not disrupting synchronous academic minutes.

For those of you that need speech therapy caseload management tips for the start of the year, you can head to these blog posts:


Be Successful With Organizing Your Caseload – Tips for the First Week Back (includes a free monthly IEP tracker using Google Sheets

7 Ways to Get Organized SLP

Using Google Forms for Speech Referrals

Middle School Resources for Distance Learning

Techy Videos on my YouTube Channel