speech and language teaching concepts for Just Me and My Dad in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/m/ initial
/d/ initial and final



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

Just Me and My Dad

By Mercer Mayer

Little Critter is exploring the great outdoors with his dad in this heartwarming and funny classic. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story.

This funny camping book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like spending time with family and appreciating time even when things don’t go as planned. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting a variety of verbs as well as for /m/ and /d/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Just Me and My Dad in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


order of events during their day camping


campsite, pitched, tent, campfire, canoe, snapshot, ghost


Even when things don’t go exactly as planned due to Little Critter still being young, the son and dad learn to appreciate their time together.


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)


How does he feel when he finds out someone is already living at the campsite?
What do you think he was thinking when he tried to set up the tent?
Why do you think the dad lit the fire?
How do they feel when the canoe is launched too hard?
What was he thinking when the bear came to get the fish?
How did he feel when he took the fish and they had to eat eggs?
How did he really feel about the story?
How do you think they felt about spending time together?