speech and language teaching concepts for Harold and the Purple Crayon in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ blends (crayon, straight, tree, frightening, dragon, tree, trim, trouble, grabbed, grass, front, tried, drew, dropped)
/r/ vocalic (Harold, purple, short, forest, very, short, forest, very, guard, terrible, over, aboard, ashore, wonder, where, hungry, deserving, porcupine, higher, farther, tired, other, air, around,
/r/ initial (red, realized, reminded, right, covers)
/r/ medial (bedroom)



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

Harold and the Purple Crayon

By Crockett Johnson

One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Harold and his trusty crayon travel through woods and across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound. Full of funny twists and surprises, this charming story shows just how far your imagination can take you.

This imaginative /r/ filled book can be used in speech therapy to target /r/ in a variety of positions! It is also great for sequencing and for predicting! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Harold and the Purple Crayon in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study


order of Harold’s drawings that leads him back home


What do you think Harold’s needs to draw for his moonlight walk?
Where do you like to go for a walk?
What do you think he will draw next?
What do you think he will see in the forest?
What does he need in the ocean?
Where do you think he is?
Who do you think he will give the pie to?
What will he draw to save himself?
What will he draw next?
What do you think he is drawing with all those windows?