What Can You Do With a Book?

 If you read this blog regularly, you’ve seen multiple posts about shared reading activities and the benefits of reading with children.  (Like this oneand this oneand this one.

Books provide a context for vocabulary expansion, especially for words that aren’t encountered in daily living.  For students with disabilities, who often do not get to experience the same activities and environments as their typical peers, books provide background knowledge for those contexts they may be missing out on.

using books to build language and a list of book companions with links

Any given book can target multiple important communication skills in a therapeutic setting or at home. For busy SLPs who have to work with groups of students who are not all working on the same skill, books provide a way to target different skills with the same material. 

For busy parents, reading time is a great way to get some relaxing together time with your child while building their language skills and love for reading.

For those looking for a time-wise shortcut to creative, language-building activities for a variety of books, take a look at these book companion resources I’ve created; each of which contains multiple activities and enough materials for multiple therapy  sessions.

David Goes to School

NO David

The Napping House

The Snowy Day

Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

Pancakes for Breakfast

The Fisherman and His Wife

Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One

A Year at Maple Hill Farm

They All Saw a Cat


How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Moonbear’s Shadow

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Owl Moon

The Gingerbread Man

Stone Soup

King Midas

Bear Sees Colors

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

You Will Be My Friend

Thunder Cake

IBIS A True Whale Story

Hibernation Station

I’m Your Bus

There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish


Big & Little, Happy & Sad, Quiet & Loud (Patricelli)

The Rough Faced Girl

Happy Valentine’s Day  Mouse

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Max & Mo Let’s Make a Snowman

Jack & the Beanstalk

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

Welcome to the Greenhouse


I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Julie of the Wolves

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Bill and Pete


There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed a Pea

Curious George’s Opposites

The Little Red Hen

Frog on a Log?

Strega Nona

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Clover

The 3 Little Pigs

Have fun reading!  It truly is the window to the world.

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