Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sound-Loaded Storybooks for Articulation- Find 'em Here by Phoneme!

You should be using great children's storybooks in speech therapy.

The kids are engaged, it incorporates language and literacy,

and frankly, it's fun!

sound loaded storybooks for articulation in speech therapy

When a colleague and I started our intensive preschool speech therapy program, we had to design it pretty much from scratch. We wanted to incorporate literature in our two hour sessions. So the hunt was on for books that worked well for each phoneme. Really difficult in the library, because even if a target word appears in the title, it doesn't necessarily repeat in the text much. (Still, a creative SLP reading to preschoolers can throw it in more often than written, and I certainly do that!

I haunted the library, consulted what lists I could find, and developed my own go-to lists.


My criteria? I was looking for books that:

  1.  Repeat a specific phoneme/blend over and over, or has opportunities to insert it! 
  2. Target word is a simple wordshape (CVC, CVCV, CCVC, etc) to help my kids with apraxia and severe speech sound disorders. 
  3. Great story with engaging illustrations. I am visual, and so are preschoolers!
  4. Simple, repetitive text when possible. LOVE these.
  5. Language opportunities- does it lend itself to discussing basic concepts, object function,  past tense, -ing verbs, theme vocabulary, wh questions, etc?

Sound-loaded storybook List for Speech Therapy

Below are a sampling of my favorites. There are many more titles in the full list, which is a freebie you can download the at my Speech Sprouts Store Here.

Once you download, I will be able to send you notice as I update the list, because it will be growing as I discover new books I love!

Initial ch books

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

Tippy- Toe Chick, Go! By Laura Dronzek

Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox by Grace Maccarone

Initial /f/ books

Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone (repeats "fast")

The Fire Station by Robert Munsch

The Foot Book by Dr Seuss

Final /f/ books

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone

Give Me Half by Stuart Murphy (great for concept of "half" too)

Initial /g/ books

The Day the Goose Got Loose by Reeve Lindenbergh

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Gladone

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly

Final /g/ books

Hello Red Fox by Eric Carle

A Frog in a Bog by Karma Wilson

Big Egg by Molly Coxe

Initial /h/  books

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Little Red Hen by Rebecca Allen 

Initial “j” books

Jack and the Beanstalk by Stella Williams Nathan

Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Initial /k/  books

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone

Final /k/ books

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Shake my Sillies out by David Allender

/l/ books

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

It looked like Spilt milk by Charles Shaw

Initial /m/  books

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff (I insert "moose" for the pronoun. If the moose...)

Initial /p/ books

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone

Pickles in My Soup by Mary Pearson

/ps/ books

Caps For Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina

Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming (repeats naps)

One Pups Up by Marsha Wilson Chall (change puppies to pups when reading)

Initial /r/ books

The Big Red Farm by Cristianne C. Jones

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

The Little Mouse, the Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

Vocalic r books

Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

Initial /s/ books

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Final /s/ books

The Day the Goose Got Loose by Reeve Lindenbergh

Initial sh books

Shoo, Fly! By Joy Cowley

Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw

Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway * (Speech Sprouts has a book companion)

Final sh books

A Big Fish Story

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Phister

One Fish Two Fish Red fish Blue Fish by Dr Seuss

/sm/ books

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway

/sn/ books

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner * (Speech Sprouts has a book companion)

Stand Back Said the Elephant, I’m Going to Sneeze by Patricia Thomas

/sp/ books

I Love Spiders by John Parker

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman * (Speech Sprouts has a book companion)

Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

/st/ books

Sticky People by Tony Johnston

Stone Soup by Anne McGovern and Winslow Pinney Pels

Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

Initial /t/ books

Ten Apples on Top

Five Teddy Bears by Anne Adeney

Who Wants a Teddy Bear? By Ginne Hofman

Final /t/ books

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin

Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne and H.A. Rey

Initial /w/ Books

The Wheels on the Bus (any version)

The Wee Little Woman by Byron Barton 

Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley and Elizabeth Fuller

For our phonological kids:

Syllableness books

Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree” by Eileen Christelow

Five Teddy Bears by Anne Adeney & Cathy Shimmen

Monkey and the Elephant by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Books marked with an *...Book Companion Packet available for these books at Speech Sprouts TPT store

I hope you enjoy exploring these books! Don't forget to download the complete list at Speech Sprouts Store Here.


  1. Thanks Lisette, I've pinned this to my reading board so I don't lose track of it!

  2. You have saved me DAYS of work. Thank you so much!!

  3. Thanks for the list! Another great book for /sn/ is Sneezy the Snowman. My preschoolers remembered it from last year and beg for it year round!

  4. Thanks for the list! Another great book for /sn/ is Sneezy the Snowman. My preschoolers remembered it from last year and beg for it year round!

  5. Do you have any recommendations for the 'or' sound? Ex: door, store, floor?

    1. Hello! My favorite storybooks for the medial word position "or" sound are Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Corduroy by Don Freeman and The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. Bear Wants more by Karma Wilson and Pigs a Plenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail are fun for final "or" sound.

  6. Another one to add to initial /g/ is Good Night Gorilla, it's a favorite for the preschoolers I work with! For /z/ I use Z-z-z-z-oink by Bernard Most

  7. I love Goodnight Gorilla, it'a a favorite! I'm going to need to check out Z-z-z-z-oink, I haven't read that one, thanks Kari!

  8. Thank you! Super helpful... I frequently reference this list.

  9. I'm looking for books with TH sounds. I use "We Share Everything" by Robert Munsch, but I'd love to have more.

  10. Hi! Here are few titles for TH. I don't typically address TH in preschool, so a couple of these titles may seem youngish for older children. However, if the kiddos are readers, I love to have them read the book themselves, which gives plenty of practice! You can also have your kids list all the TH words they find in the book as you read, then target those for single-word practice. Yay for literacy-based therapy, I love it!!