Leaves book in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial, medial and final (fall, leaf, falling, sleepy, welcome)


changing seasons

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


By David Ezra Stein

This simple, charming story of a young bear’s first autumn is perfectly suited to board book format. Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn’t work. Eventually, he gets sleepy and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it’s spring and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him. With its childlike main character and graceful illustrations, Leaves is a great way to teach the youngest children about the changing seasons.

This sweet fall and leaves book can be used to address seasons changing. It is also great for /l/ sounds, inferencing and irregular past tense verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Leaves in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
figurative language​
verbs (irregular past tense)


snug, piled, bare, buds, unfold, wonder, decide

Figurative Language:

personification of the leaves


verbs (irregular past tense)


Why was he worried about the leaf?
Why did he not know what leaves do in the fall?
Why do you think he tried to catch them and put them back?
How did he feel after all of that hard work?
How did bear feel when he woke up?
What did he think about the leaves when he woke up?


How long do you think bear will sleep for?
When do you think he will wake up?

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