speech and language teaching concepts for Bats at the Library in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/z/ final
/b/ initial
/k/ medial and final
/l/ initial, medial, and final
/st/ intial
/r/ initial



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

Bats at the Library

By Brian Lies

Frolic through the library with Caldecott honor winner and New York Times best-selling creator Brian Lies’ adorable bats.  This nighttime escapade is part of the award winning Bat Book series, perfect for bedtime reading as well as budding book lovers on Halloween and all year round. The enchantment of story time is near—come bats, come one and all, and gather around for the tale of the night. Roam the book-filled halls on this inky evening as the bats wander around the library and cause all sorts of mischief.

This fun rhyming bats book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing and figurative language. It is also great for noticing illustrations as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bats at the Library in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
figurative language​
adjectives (compound phrases)
verbs (regular past tense)
complete sentence structure
text features
phonological awareness


ajar, eager, duplicate, splendid, flit, coax, feast

Figurative Language:

similes (blasting brighter than the sun)
idioms (ache for something, life flits by, swallowed up, live inside a book)


adjectives (compound phrases)
verbs (regular past tense)
complete sentence structure

Text Features:

exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:



How do they feel about things being the same old boring way?
Why do you think they ache for something new?
Why is reading important to them?
How should they act in the library?
How do the books swallow everyone up and have them live inside the books?
How do they feel about the sun rising?

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.