speech and language teaching concepts for Hattie and Hudson in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Hattie and Hudson

By Chris Van Dusen

Hattie McFadden is a born explorer. Every morning she paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song along the way. When her singing lures a huge mysterious beast from the depths of the lake, everyone in town is terrified—except Hattie, who looks into the creature’s friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. She befriends the giant and names him Hudson. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that he isn’t scary or dangerous at all?

This sweet summer book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance. It is also great for perspective taking and for targeting problem solving as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hattie and Hudson in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
character analysis
illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
phonological awareness


explore, discover, cove, elusive, ventured, curious, astounded, harmonizing, amid, commotion, emerge, gigantic, eager, abrupt, peril, stunned, frolicked

Character Analysis:

Hattie was brave and learned how to stick up for the monster. The townspeople learned to not judge a book by it’s cover.


Hattie becomes friends with the monster and sticks up for the monster even though he is different. Hattie and the townspeople learn to accept and not judge the monster.


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think Hattie was thinking when she saw the monster?
What do you think the monster was thinking when it saw Hattie?
How did Hattie feel when the monster joined in?
What did others think about the monster?
What were they both thinking about after that day?
What did the townspeople think about the monster?
Why do you think Hattie felt a little sick on her way home?
How did the townspeople feel when they saw the monster save Hattie?

Problem Solving:

Hattie comes up with a plan to convince the townspeople to accept the monster.

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.