Books & Toys: A Speech & Language Gift Guide

books and toys for speech and language

Holiday Gift Guide: An SLP’s Favorite Books & Toys

About this time of year parents start asking me for recommendations for toys for Christmas. Does this happen to you? They want developmental toy and book recommendations that will build speech and language skills. I wanted to have a list to send them. Therefore, I’ve put together my favorites- check out the complete collection HERE and my favorite stocking stuffers HERE. I love pairing a book with a companion toy – I love the thoughtfulness of a themed gift!

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This gift guide is geared mostly for preschool and elementary ages. I’ve highlighted some of my favorite toys that encourage various developmental (hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, etc.) and language skills plus a high-quality complementary picture book.

They are arranged by themes – space, food/baking, pirates, active play, animals, and more! 10 themes plus a bonus stocking stuffer list as well!

Over 70 suggestions HERE on Amazon. Or, click below to see the books and toys individually. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through my referral link, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Thank you for supporting Sweet Southern Speech.


book: The Pirates Next Door toy: Melissa and Doug 48 piece wooden Pirate Puzzle

book:  Pete The Cat and the Treasure Map toy: Fisher Price Pirate Ship

book: How I Became A Pirate toy: Pirate Action Figures Bucket


book: Pete’s Big Lunch toy: Sandwich Making Set

book: Jake Bakes A Cake toy: Bake and Decorate Cupcake Set

book: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs toy: Yeti In My Spaghetti

book: Pete’s Perfect Pizza Party toy: Wooden Pizza Set

book: Pancakes For Breakfast toy: Pancake Pile-Up!

book: I Scream For Ice Cream toy: Scoop and Stack Ice Cream Play Set


book: Ada Twist, Scientist toy: Microscope

book: Rosie Revere, Engineer toy: Tin Can Robot

book: The Way Things Work toy: Snap Circuits


book: Tacky The Penguin toy: Don’t Break The Ice

book: Scaredy Squirrel toy: The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

book: We are in a book toy: Pop The Pig

book: Chewy Louie toy: Shelby’s Snack Shack Game

book: Big Shark, Little Shark toy: Shark Bite

book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight toy: Dino Transporter Carrier Truck


book: Little Kids First Book of Space toy: Space Puzzle

book: Roaring Rockets toy: Rocket Ship Play Tent

book: There’s No Place Like Space toy: LEGO Mars Research Shuttle


book: The Berenstain Bears Go To The Doctor toy: Pretend Play Doctor Kit

book: Biscuit Visits The Doctor toy: Dalmation Vet Kit

book: The Donut Chef toy: Play Kitchen

You can download the gift guide below and send it along to your families for them to get some ideas for the holidays as well! A brief description of each book and toy is included as well as targeted ages. The book and toy photos are in color, so printing may not be ideal. Emailing the PDF after you download it is recommended, that way the direct links are clickable to make it easier for reading about each one in more detail and purchasing.

toy gift guide for speech and language


book: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go toy: Matchbox gift set

book: If I built A Car toy: Take Apart Car

book: Amazing Airplanes toy: airplane


book: Big Red Barn toy: toy barn

book: Otis toy: John Deere Animal Sounds Hayride

book: Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm toy: See ‘n Say Farmer Says


book: Salt In His Shoes toy: easy score basketball

book: Pete The Cat Play Ball toy: Spikeball

book: Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit toy: Triple Hit Baseball


book: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree toy: felt Christmas tree set

book: Christmas In The Manger toy: Little People A Christmas Story

book: The 12 Sleighs of Christmas toy: LEGO Christmas train


see them all here!

I hope you love these suggestions and the gift guide! Comment below if you have anything to add to the list! What are your favorite book and toy pairings?

If you are looking for how I select books, check out my blog post on selecting the best books to use in speech therapy.

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