speech and language teaching concepts for And Then Comes Summer in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial
/th/ initial
/n/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

And Then Comes Summer

By Tom Brenner

A joyful, sun-drenched tribute to the anticipation and adventures of the warmest season of the year. When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season. Tom Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.

This action filled summer book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, describing, and prediction. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting figurative language as well as for /w/, /th/ and /n/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using And Then Comes Summer in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
sensory language
phonological awareness


order of fun events during summer days


stretch, yawn, dew, bumble, warblers, thrums, swap, unfurl, parade, familiar, jingle, panting, relief, scramble, dash

Figurative Language:

similes (days stretch out like a slow yawn, bugs as big as thumbs)
personification (daylight pushes back bedtimes, darkness wins, watch the night explode, silver lake winks through the trees)
sensory language



Phonological Awareness:



How do they feel that summers here?
How do they feel when playing hide-and-seek?
How do they feel when every day is like a Saturday?
What do they think about every day in the summer if it’s like a Saturday?
How do they feel after running around all day in the sun?
How do they feel at the end?


What do you think they will do when it’s finally warm outside?
What do you think they will do next?
How do you think they will celebrate the holiday?
What do you think they hear?
Where do you think they will go next?
What do you think they will do tomorrow?

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