Using A Crankenstein Valentine in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kr/ initial
/v/ initial
/l/ medial
/st/ medial
/k/ final
/s/ initial


Valentine’s Day
common interests

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

A Crankenstein Valentine

By Samantha Berger

Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? YECHHHH! It’s enough to turn anyone into a monster! An ordinary kid becomes Crankenstein on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year: Valentine’s Day. Can Crankenstein find a way to turn his sour day sweet? Can a monster find a little love in his heart? Find out in the monstrously funny A Crankenstein Valentine.

This fun Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship and finding someone you can relate to. It is also great for inferencing, character analysis and /kr/ and /st/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using A Crankenstein Valentine in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
text features
repetitive text

Character Analysis:

Crankenstein does not like all of the lovey dovey parts of Valentine’s Day. He is pretty cranky throughout the day until he meets someone who feels the same way. His attitude towards Valentine’s Day changes now that he has a friend who feels the same way as him.

How did his attitude change from beginning to end?
How can we tell by the way he looks?


finding someone you can relate to

Text Features:

repetitive text
large text
speech bubbles
exclamation marks


What might he think about the day?
How does he feel about his new undies?
How does he feel about bringing roses to his teacher?
How does he feel about getting kissed?
How do the other kids feel?
How does he feel about eating heart-shaped food?
How do the other kids feel?
How does he feel when making the card?
How would you feel if you got that card?
How does he feel about chocolate with hairy coconut?
What’s he thinking when the kids are decorating?
How does he feel in the costume?
Why do you think he wants nothing to do with Valentine’s Day?
How does he feel when he finds a best friend?

If you are interested in seeing other Valentine’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.