speech and language teaching concepts for Dusk Explorers in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial
/er/ medial and final
/d/ initial
/sk/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Dusk Explorers

By Lindsay Leslie

It’s that special time of evening, when the hours and the possibilities seem endless: Light is fading. A buzz of excitement and wonder takes over the neighborhood….What outdoor adventures await? Join a diverse group of suburban kids as they dash and dodge in classic street games like tag and kick-the-can and reconnect with nature’s simple pleasures catching frogs, hunting fireflies, and climbing trees. These explorers play, laugh, and make the most of their own front yards right up until their parents call out that “It’s time to come home!” But when the sun begins to set tomorrow, they’ll be back for more evening excitement!

This timeless summer book can be used in speech therapy to address inferencing. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting figurative language as well as for adjectives! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Dusk Explorers in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
figurative language​


dusk, explorers, beckons, soar, courage, huddled, dodge, snicker, giddy

Figurative Language:

personification (the neighborhood beckons, searches, hopes, waits, etc.)
sensory language




How does the neighborhood call on or encourage the children to come play?
How does the neighborhood contribute to the children’s summers?
How does the neighborhood wait for summer?
How do the children feel about summer?

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