speech and language teaching concepts for Its Raining Bats and Frogs in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ medial
/r/ initial and medial
/ch/ (witches)



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

It’s Raining Bats and Frogs

By Rebecca Colby

A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

This fun Halloween-themed book can be used in speech therapy to target problem solving. It is also great for targeting Tier two vocabulary and noticing rhyming! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using It’s Raining Bats and Frogs in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
text features
phonological awareness
illustration study
repetitive text
verbs (linguistics)


order of what will fall next


despite, hovering, miserable, wailed, chant, whipped, thrilled, wand, abrupt, halt, clogs, berserk, erupted, woe, relieved, proceeded, distress, boring, inciting

Figurative Language:

idiom (pouring buckets, raining cats and dogs)


verbs (linguistic)
synonyms (thrilled, overjoyed, ecstatic)

Text Features:

speech bubbles
change in font
repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think the witches don’t like it raining cats and dogs?
Why do you think it isn’t a good idea for it to rain hats and clogs?
Why do you think the witches don’t like it raining bats and frogs?
What do you think would happen if it rained gnats and bogs/ mats and logs/ rats and hogs?


What do you think may fall next?
How do you think the witches will respond to ________ and _________ falling on their heads?
What might go wrong with _________?

Problem Solving:

Delia wanted to make sure that everyone had a good time at the Witch Parade, so when it started to rain, she thought of other alternatives that might be better. Each alternative had more problems than benefits; therefore, she eventually decided that rain was the best option.

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