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

/b/ initial
/s/ initial and final
/ng/ medial and final
/k/ final
/r/ vocalic



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

Bats in the Band

By Brian Lies

A late-spring night sky fills with bats flocking to a theater already echoing and booming with delightful sounds of musicbat music! Join this one-of-a-kind music festival as the bats celebrate the rhythm of the night and the positive power of music. Brian Lies’s bats and their dazzling, dizzying world will lift everyone’s spirits with joyous noise and cheer.

This engaging bats book can be used in speech therapy for noticing illustrations and for inferencing. It is also great for targeting figurative language and a variety of verbs as well as for describing how different kinds of music make us feel! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Bats in the Band in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

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


hibernation, thaw, sense, relief, feast, improvise, conductor, baton, rejoice, mellow, quartet, finale, intention


The music makes the bats feel different ways based on the genre.

Figurative Language:

idioms (play it by ear, look alive, we’re hungry for sound, hungry for sound)
personification (souls are singing, let our spirit fill the air, the music soars)


verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

moving text
exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think they need not want a night of music?
How do they feel when they see no ones there?
How do they feel when they finally go inside?
How can a space be warm and inviting?
How did the music make them feel?
What did they think about the one bat band?
How did they feel listening to the county song? Why?
What about when the other singer cries of lonely days and empty skies?
How do you think we can feel better after hearing something sad?
Why do you think music can be so powerful?

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.