speech and language teaching concepts for All Are Welcome in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ medial and final
/ar/ initial
/k/ medial


back to school

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

All Are Welcome

By Alexandra Penfold

Discover a school where all young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated. Readers will follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other’s traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be.

This accepting, rhyming back to school and kindness book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like feeling safe and included. It is also great for inferencing and for noticing illustrations as well as for repetitions! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using All Are Welcome in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
phonological awareness
repetitive text


case, haste, dream, welcome, safe, fears, gather, from the heart, community, diversity, inclusion, shelter, adversity 


This story explores how diversity can create a safe place for learning for all.

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



How do the new students feel when walking into the classroom?
How is hope found in the classroom?
Why is it important to feel safe in the classroom?
How can having a diverse class contribute to everyones experiences?
How can stories be shared from the heart?
How does everyone treat each other in their classroom community?

If you are interested in seeing other back to school and kindness books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.