using Little Blue Truck’s Valentine in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/bl/
/k/ initial and final
/v/ initial
/l/ initial and medial

Themes:

Valentine’s Day
animals
friendship
kindness

Book Details:

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

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine

By Alice Schertle

Join Little Blue Truck as he delivers Valentine's Day cards to all his farm animal friends. But as Blue beeps along, he starts to wonder: will he get any cards of his own?

This popular Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like inclusion, friendship, and kindness. It is also great for sequencing and for targeting phonological awareness including onomatopoeias and rhyming! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Little Blue Truck’s Valentine in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
social/emotional
predicting
adjectives
text features
phonological awareness

Sequencing:

order of friends Little Blue Truck visits when passing out cards

Vocabulary:

delivering, truth, hoped, hen, be mine, bouquet, sail, glad, wide, believe, headlight, croaked

Character Analysis:

After wondering if he will get a present all day, Little Blue Truck is surprised and grateful when he finds his friends at his house after he delivers cards to all of them.

Social/Emotional:

giving and receiving gifts
inclusion

Grammar:

adjectives

Text Features:

bold font
large font
colored font
exclamation marks
foil accents
large gatefold flap

Phonological Awareness:

onomatopoeias
rhyming

Inferencing:

What does each animal think about their card?
What makes it perfect for them? Why do you think so?
How does Little Blue Truck feel delivering each card?
How did Little Blue feel when he saw his surprise?

Predicting:

What animal do you think Little Blue Truck will visit next?
Why do you think his door is open wide?
What do you think will happen when Little Blue goes inside his house?

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