using Hike in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial (hike)
/k/ final (hike)


spending time together

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary


By Pete Oswald

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they’re going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive — and closer than ever — as they document their hike and take their place in family history. In detail-rich panels and textured panoramas, Pete Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless adventure, allowing readers to pause for subtle wonders and marvel at the views. A touching tribute to the bond between father and child, with resonant themes for Earth Day, Hike is a breath of fresh air.

This adventurous summer book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like appreciating time with family and making traditions. It is also great for targeting figurative language and for predicting as well as for /h/ and /k/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hike in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:


Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language


This father-child duo take a trip to the mountains which they love to do together. They help each other throughout the hike, taking in the views and documenting momentous occasions. When they get to the top, they plant a tree that they can watch grow in years to come. When they get home, they document their adventure in a scrapbook for their memory.

Figurative Language:

symbolism/metaphor of the planted tree


How do they both feel about hiking?
What is he thinking when he sees the critters and footprints?
How does the child feel about crossing the log? What about when the child makes it over?
What are they thinking when they see the waterfall?
What could they be saying to themselves as they are climbing up the mountain?
Why do you think they planted a tree at the top?
How do they feel when they get home?


What do you think they like to do together?
Where do you think they might go today?
What do you think they will pack with them?
What do you think they will see on their hike?
What do you think they will do at the top of the mountain?
What do you think they will do when they get home?
What do you think they will see next time they hike the mountain?

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.