speech and language teaching concepts for If I Had a Dinosaur in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ final
/h/ initial
/d/ initial and final
/n/ medial
/s/ medial
/or/ final



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

If I Had a Dinosaur

By Alex Barrow

A witty and charmingly illustrated bedtime story about a little girl who imagines what it would be like to have a dinosaur of her very own. A little girl dreams of having her very own pet. But what kind of animal would make the best companion? A mouse is too small, a cat is too ordinary, and a fish is too . . . wet! As she plays with her toy dinosaur, inspiration strikes. What about a real, live dinosaur? She could ride it to school. It would need lots of food to eat, a swimming pool to drink from, and a dino flap so it could come and go! At the end of a day spent busily imagining, the girl trudges up to bed with her little plastic dinosaur. As she falls asleep, the dinosaur from her daydreams stands in the garden with its head poking through the bedroom window, making her dreams come true. With playful illustrations, If I Had a Dinosaur is a charming, witty, rhyming story celebrating the power of a child’s imagination.

This fun dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address describing. It is also great for noticing illustrations and picture symbols used as text! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using If I Had a Dinosaur in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
text features
phonological awareness


broad, declare, brim, enormous, clever



Text Features:

pictures for text
enlarged text
moving text
exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:


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