speech and language teaching concepts for Baby Penguins Love Their Mama in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/ing/ final


Valentine’s Day

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Baby Penguins Love Their Mama

By Melissa Guion

This Amazon Best Book of the Year is the perfect holiday, Valentine’s Day—or any day—board book for little hands and flippers! Learn the days of the week and share a hug with a mom you love! When you’re a mama penguin with lots (and lots) of little ones to take care of, the days can melt together in a blur. Monday: swimming lessons. Tuesday: sliding. Wednesday: waddling. And on and on. Mama loves her babies so much. Do they know, she wonders, just how much? As it turns out, they do–because they love her just as much! And to show it, they surprise her with a thoughtful gesture of their own on Sunday.

This adorable Valentine’s Day themed book can be used in speech therapy to teach days of the week, sequencing, and action verbs. It is a great illustration study for addressing inferencing. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Baby Penguins Love Their Mama in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)


order of what the penguins learned each day of the week


busy, days of the week (Monday – Sunday), swimming, fishing, sliding, waddling


love for caregiver/family


verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)


Why is Mama penguin taking a nap?
Why did Mama penguin teach her babies different things?
Why did her babies make her a special surprise?

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.