Best Books for Vocabulary

I love sharing tips and tricks to help SLPs implement literacy-based therapy, but it’s not always easy to find the perfect book for your mixed group! This series of blog posts will help you find fun, engaging books that also make it easy to target your students’ goals. (I know I am always on the hunt for amazing books to use in therapy!)

Next up is…VOCABULARY!

If you work with older students, then stay tuned for a series of blog posts that highlight engaging texts that can be used to target more complex syntax goals!

It can be a challenge to find the perfect book when you’re trying to implement literacy-based therapy with a mixed group -- one that I know that struggle all too well. Because I’m always on the hunt for amazing books to use, I put together a series of blog posts that highlight some of my favorites. This week is all about: The Best Books For Vocabulary! Click through to find all 15 books, plus a brief description of each, over on the blog!

Use the links below to jump ahead to your language targets.

• Basic Concepts
• Categories
• Compare and Contrast
• Idioms
• Multiple Meaning Words

Basic Concepts

The Mitten – This is a story about a boy who loses his mitten. Woodland animals discover the mitten and crawl in. A great opportunity for repeated practice of the concept IN.

Duck on a Bike – This is a story about a duck who decides to ride his bike. His animal friends eventually join in on the fun. A great opportunity for repeated practice of the concept ON.

Little Elliot, Big City – This is a story about a little elephant in a big city. A great opportunity for repeated practice of the concepts BIG and LITTLE.

Categories

Pass It On – This is a story about a cow who gets stuck in a fence, and the message gets passed on to different animals. This provides a great opportunity to practice categorizing animals!

We’re Going on a Picnic – This is a story about four animals who go on a picnic. This provides a great opportunity to practice categorizing animals and fruits!

Froggy Gets Dressed – This is a story about a frog who gets dressed. This provides a great opportunity to practice categorizing clothes!

Compare and Contrast

Little Elliot, Big City – This story about Elliot the elephant is filled with contrasts. Elliot is so small, and everything around him is so big. The story is filled with pictures and descriptions of furniture and desserts that students can easily compare and contrast. The main characters (an elephant and a mouse) can also be compared/contrasted.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear – This is a story about a mouse who tries to pick a strawberry without being discovered by the hungry bear. He attempts to hide the strawberry from the bear. Students can compare/contrast the mouse, the strawberry, and the bear, as well as the mouse’s different hiding strategies.

The Rainbow Fish – This is a story about a beautiful fish who learns to share his beauty with his friends. Students have the opportunity to compare/contrast the fish and other ocean scenery.

Figurative Language

Butterflies in My Stomach – This story about a boy’s first day at school is filled with idioms.

Reach for the Stars – This story is filled with idioms related to perseverance and success.

Crazy Like a Fox – This story is filled with similes about Rufus the fox.

Multiple Meaning Words

Dear Deer – This story about Aunt Ant who just moved to the zoo is filled with homophones.

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner – This is a story about a girl who tries to understand her mother’s use of multiple meaning words.

The King Who Rained – This is a story about a girl who tries to understand her father’s use of multiple meaning words.

Here’s a quick overview of all the books we listed:

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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