speech and language teaching concepts for Beach Bummer in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/br/ initial
/s/ final
/r/ medial
/j/ medial “enjoy”
/ks/ medial



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

Beach Bummer

By Ryan T. Higgins

It’s beach day in Soggy Hollow! Everyone is enjoying fun in the sun – everyone, that is, except for Bruce. His favorite thing about summer? Doing nothing.

This silly beach-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address comparing and contrasting characters. It is also great for illustration study and inferencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Beach Bummer in speech therapy below: ​

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
compare and contrast
illustration study
repetitive text


order of what everyone does except Bruce
order of what Bruce does


Bummer (background knowledge), except

Character Analysis:

Compare and contrast the mice and geese with Bruce.
The mice and geese are hot and bored and want to have a beach day
Bruce just wants to do nothing.
Bruce gives in each time to help the mice and geese on their beach day and then helps create a beach day for them when they are bummed.



Text Features:

repetitive text (“everyone…” and “except Bruce”)


Why do you think Bruce does not want to create a beach in his house?
Why do you think Bruce does not want to go to the beach?
Why did Bruce go to the beach?
Compare and contrast why Bruce is not having fun vs. why the mice and geese are having fun.
How do you think the mice and geese feel back at home?
Why did Bruce pour sand inside his house?