using Hug Machine in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sh/ medial
/g/ final


Valentine’s Day
caring for others

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Hug Machine

By Scott Campbell

Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine! Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED!

This warm Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like giving and receiving hugs. It is also great for problem solving and for targeting predicting as well as for /sh/ medial and/g/ final sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Hug Machine in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
text features
repetitive text ​​


Why do we give hugs?
How do you think people feel when they get a hug?
How does he feel giving out hugs?
When do you need a hug?



Text Features:

repetitive text
large font
exclamation marks


How do you think he will hug the porcupine?
How do you think he will hug the whale?
Who do you think will hug the Hug Machine?

Problem Solving:

The Hug Machine finds a way to hug everyone to either make them feel better or show them how much he loves them.

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