using In My Heart: A Book of Feelings in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/l/ medial and final


Valentine’s Day

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

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts)

By Jo Witek

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside, with language that is lyrical but also direct to empower readers to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.

This thought provoking Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like basic and complex emotions. It is also great for targeting figurative language (similes and personification) and for targeting interoception as well as for sounds including: /f/ initial, /l/ medial and final, and /ar/! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using In My Heart: A Book of Feelings in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
repetitive text


happy, frighten, brave, angry, cool, calm, fragile, delicate, hopeful, afraid, silly, treasure, shy, proud


basic and complex emotions
working through emotions

Figurative Language:

similes (comparing a heart with like/as)
personification of a heart



Text Features:

repetitive text

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.