Repetitive and predictable children’s books are excellent for children in general.  However, they are particularly useful for children who have speech and language delays.  I use books frequently as a therapy tool in the schools to promote literacy, since children with speech/language delays are already at risk for additional learning disabilities down the road.
Books provide new vocabulary in context, provide visuals to help aid in comprehension, and can be used to address a variety of skills depending on how they are used: receptive language, expressive language, articulation skills, and fluency.

For Childhood Apraxia of Speech, repetitive books are even more useful because the predictability decreases the cognitive load needed for comprehension, and allows the child to focus on production! The best book to choose will be a book that will allow the child to fill in the word without having to repeat.  This task can be very challenging for our kiddos with apraxia.  Before my daughter was really speaking in sentences, she couldn’t formulate a  4-5 word sentence, but she could fill in “no more monkeys jumping on the bed!” to the story Five Little Monkeys.  Later on, I chose books that have a target she is currently working on.  I used The Napping House and The Lonely Firefly when we were practicing /l/ blends.   I have listed books I have used with my daughter and in therapy to promote speech, and in some cases, I add the link explaining how I used the book.  If you have a book idea, please leave it under comments!  Happy reading!

Are you a Cow? (Sandra Boynton)
Are you my Mother? (P.D. Eastman)
Blue Hat, Green Hat (Sandra Boynton)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Eric Carle)
Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom (Bill Martin & John Archambault)
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Devon Kruse-Wu)
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Eileen Christelow)
Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
Go Away, Big Green Monster! (Ed Emberley)
Is Your Mama a Llama? (Deborah Guarino)
Jesse Bear, What Will you Wear? (Nancy White Carlstom)
The Gingerbread Man   Therapy idea
The Grouchy Lady Bug (Eric Carle)
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow (Shirley Nietzel)   Therapy activity
Hickory, Dickory Dock
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (Linda Williams)    Therapy idea
Little Cloud ( Eric Carle)
Mrs. Wishy Washy (Joy Cowley)
The Napping House (Audrey Wood)
Panda Bear, Panda Bear (Eric Carle)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear (Eric Carle)
Peek a Moo (Marie Torres Cimarusti)
Pete the Cat (Eric Litwin)
Time for Bed (Mem Fox)
The Very Lonely Firefly (Eric Carle)

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3 Comments

  1. One of my absolute favorite books of all time is Dear Zoo. The repetitive phrase is “So I sent him back.” and then I add, “back to the zoo” every time. Even my kiddos that do NOT like sitting for books love Dear Zoo. There are a ton of extension activities, too. I do Dear Zoo lotto for matching pictures and use my Melissa and Doug mailbox to mail the animals back to the zoo.

  2. Wow, I must get on Amazon now and order this book! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Awesome post thank you for sharing.

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