speech and language teaching concepts for How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/v/ final
/d/ initial
/or/ final


Valentine’s Day

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

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

By Jane Yolen

Everybody’s favorite bestselling dinosaurs are back to say “I love you”, now in board book perfect for babies and toddlers! Parents and children can never have enough ways to say “I love you”–and America’s favorite dinosaurs are giving families a funny book, perfect for bedtime, storytime, anytime. Even when little dinosaurs are naughty, it’s important to remind them that no matter what they do, they are always loved. In this book, readers will laugh aloud as parents cope with the typical antics of childhood, but in the end, hugs and kisses show your little one how much you care.

This thoughtful Valentine’s Day and dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like how our behaviors impact others. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
phonological awareness
text features


fussed, mischief, moped, adore


Discuss appropriate behaviors and how each behavior makes the parents feel. 


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:



How does the dinosaur feel this morning?
What did the mom think when they fused with their food?
How did the dinosaur feel as they walked about the door?
What is the dinosaur thinking each time they create mischief?
What are the parents thinking each time the dinosaur creates mischief?
What do they do each time to make it better?
Why do the parents love the dinosaur no matter what?

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