​ speech and language teaching concepts for hardly haunted in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/s/ final



Book Details:

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

Hardly Haunted

By Jessie Sima

House has a problem. She’s a little spooky. She’s a little cobwebby. Oh, no! What if she’s haunted? She’s not sure, but…her hinges creak. Her pipes bang. And on windy days, the branches scritch-scratch at her windows. She tries to hold her breath and be as still as possible. If she’s on her best behavior, maybe a family will move in. How will House ever find a family that doesn’t mind being haunted?

This Halloween themed book about a spooky haunted house can be used in speech therapy to address onomatopoeias and personification. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hardly Haunted  in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
character analysis
figurative language
verbs (mental state)
text features


order of ways House tried to not be haunted


haunted, spooky, notice, worried, suspicious, foundation, gust

Character Analysis:

House is worried that no one will want to live inside, so she tries to become more appealing. However, House starts to accept and embrace that she is haunted and begins to hope for a family who will do the same.



Notice facial expressions of the house and the cat.

Why is House worried?
Why is House lonely?
Why is House happy?

Figurative Language:

personification of the house


verbs (mental state)

Text Features:

Large text
exclamation points
animated text


Infer the different facial expressions.

How do the different sounds make the house haunted?
Why do think the family is ok with House being haunted?
Do you think anyone will buy the house?


Why do you think no one is living in the house?
Do you think that House will be able to not be haunted if she holds her breath?
What do you think will happen?
Do you think someone will move into House?
Who do you think will move into House?

Problem Solving:

House tries to change and not act like a haunted house, but she isn’t successful. Instead she learns to love who she is and hopes for a family who will do the same.

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