Library Lion book in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial


it’s ok to break the rules sometimes

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Library Lion

By Michelle Knudsen

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen’s disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

This adorable book can be used to analyze characters, and the importance of illustrations that help tell the story. It is also great for targeting the /l/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Library Lion in speech therapy below:


Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complex episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study


circulation, stacks, wandered, padded, stern, overdue, notices, budge, scowled

Character Analysis:

Lion- friendly, helpful, follows the rules
Miss Merriweather- likes people to follow rules
Mr. McBee- doesn’t care for Lion, was a tattletale, has a change of heart


when is it ok to break the rules?

Figurative Language:



verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:


Phonological Awareness:

multi-syllabic words


what did you think would happen with Miss Merriweather when she was on her tiptoes on the stool?