speech and language teaching concepts for I Walk with Vanessa in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/v/ initial (Vanessa)
/n/ medial (Vanessa)
/s/ medial (Vanessa)



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

I Walk with Vanessa

By Kerascoet

Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

This heartfelt kindness and back-to-school themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance and bullying. It is also great for targeting predicting and inferencing with its wordless narrative structure. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I Walk with Vanessa in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study


acceptance, angry, bully, include, together


body language and facial expressions

Kindness can be shown in actions rather than words.
Kindness is a positive chain reaction.


How does Vanessa feel about being new to school? Why do you think that?
How does it make Vanessa feel when she is treated badly by her classmates?
How do you know that she is upset?
What does Vanessa’s classmate think about how the boy treated Vanessa?
How does she feel when she sees Vanessa’s reaction to how the boy treated her?
Why do Vanessa’s classmates look sad after the girl spoke to them?
Why does Vanessa’s classmate seem sad? What do you think she is thinking about?
How do you think Vanessa felt each time a new classmate approached her on the way to school?
How does kindness impact everyone else?
How do you think Vanessa felt at the end of the story?


What will Vanessa do when she is bullied?
What do you think Vanessa’s classmate is telling her other classmates?
Why is Vanessa’s classmate knocking on her door?

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