speech and language teaching concepts for Leaf Jumpers in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/v/ medial
/z/ final
/f/ final
/w/ initial



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Leaf Jumpers

By Carole Gerber

This vibrant poem celebrates the beauty of autumn while inviting us all to go ahead and jump in that big, colorful, pile of fall leaves. Leslie Evan’s bold artwork brings together gold, orange, yellow, red, and brown leaves into a literary pile creating the magic of autumn for young readers. The poetic text gives simple facts about different types of fall leaves making it easy for readers to identify leaves ranging from red maple to sycamore by color, shape, and other characteristics. Informative and fun, Carole Gerber brings us a wonderful introduction to seasons and science for the earliest of leaf jumpers.

This vivid fall and leaves book can be used in speech therapy to address figurative language. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting describing as well as for /l/, /v/, /z/, /f/ and /w/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Leaf Jumpers in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)


release, flutter, drift, gracefully, veins, maple, oak, basswood, birch, willow, limb, ginkgo, broad, sycamore, heap

Figurative Language:

similes (vivid as a match, orange like pumpkins in a pumpkin patch, brown as dirt, shaped like hearts with little teeth, etc.)
sensory language


verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)

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