using Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and medial


Valentine’s Day

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine

By Herman Parish

School is always exciting for Amelia Bedelia, and getting her first Valentine’s Day card may be the most exciting surprise of all. But what will she do when she forgets her valentines for her classmates on the bus? Luckily, Amelia Bedelia is resourceful, and she doesn’t break any hearts.

This quirky Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like gift giving and sarcasm. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting figurative language and problem solving as well as for a variety of verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving      
character analysis
illustration study
figurative language
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic) ​​


spied, spotted, surrounded, peeked, handful, deck, skedaddle, cupid, myth, joke, wolfed down, miserable, thrilled, bulls-eye, bouquet

Character Analysis:

Amelia Bedelia takes things too literally and has to learn through a variety of instances that sometimes phrases don’t actually mean what is said. She also becomes upset when she leaves her Valentines on the bus and has to problem solve in the moment.


facial expressions
gift giving

Figurative Language:

idioms (you’re holding us up, wear your heart on your sleeve)
similes (quick as a whistle)


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
verbs (linguistic)

Problem Solving:

First, Amelia Bedelia takes the Valentine’s too literally and tries to “fix” them. When she accidently leaves them on the bus, she problem solves and makes Valentine’s out of the cards her mom got her.

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.