speech and language teaching concepts for Bats Around the Clock in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kl/ initial
/k/ final


telling time

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Bats Around the Clock

By Kathi Appelt

It's fun to tell time as you dance around the clock! Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie! It's American Batstand – a twelve-hour rock and roll extravaganza with Click Dark as your host. Decked in go-go boots and bobby sox, the buoyant bats bebop their way around the clock. And there's a special guest appearance at the end!

This fun, lyrical and movement bats book can be used in speech therapy to address telling time. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting action verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bats Around the Clock in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (action)
text features​
phonological awareness​


different types of dances, cutting loose


verbs (action)

Text Features:

time counting by the hour
clock visual

Phonological Awareness:


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