using How to Catch an Elf in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial and final



Book Details:

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

How to Catch an Elf

By Adam Wallace

It's Christmas Eve and an elf is on the loose… in YOUR house! Do you have what it takes to catch him? Follow along in this fun holiday story as a mischievous elf causes chaos Christmas Eve! Filled with zany traps, vibrant illustrations, STEAM concepts, and even Santa Claus himself, this Christmas picture book for kids is guaranteed to become a new holiday tradition!

This clever Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address problem solving and sequencing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting text features and /s/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using BOOK in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
verbs (actions)
phonological awareness
text features


order of elf’s traps and escapes


dodge, merry, tinsel, resist, cushy, chore, avalanche, magnitude


facial expressions
body language

Figurative Language:



verbs (actions)

Text Features:

bold letters
change in font type
change in font color
exclamation points
increase in font size

Phonological Awareness:



What will they use to try to catch him? What would you use?

Problem Solving:

How will the elf manage to escape?

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