speech and language teaching concepts for Bats at the Beach in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ vocalic
/b/ initial
/ch/ final
/sh/ medial



Book Details:

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

Bats at the Beach

By Brian Lies

From Caldecott honorwinning and New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Brian Lies, a charming and lyrical beachy read perfect for summertime—or anytime. The first of many nighttime adventures with the award-winning Bat Book series. Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!

This fun bats and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address phonological awareness and figurative language. It is also great for targeting rich vocabulary and describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bats at the Beach in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
figurative language
verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
text features​
phonological awareness​


order of events at the beach


rafter, shrieks, chatter, trowels, banjoes, sail, tide, slender, embers, determined, gulls, flutter, weary, doze, crevice

Figurative Language:

personification (the moon growing fatter, baskets groan with yummy treats)
onomatopoeias (shrieks of laughter, deep bass thump, seashore crash and bump)
imagery (sun slips down and all is still, launching out into the breeze, darkened trees, salty sea spray in our faces)


verbs (action)
verbs (present progressive)
compare/contrast bats vs. humans, nocturnal animals vs. daytime animals, beach activities for humans vs. bats

Text Features:

exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:


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