speech and language teaching concepts for Llama Llama Misses Mama in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/m/ initial and medial


back to school

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

Llama Llama Misses Mama

By Anna Dewdney

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back? Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!

This sweet rhyming back to school book can be used in speech therapy to discuss the excitement and fear of starting school. It is also great for targeting sequencing and inferencing, as well as the following sounds: /l/ and /m/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Llama Llama Misses Mama in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
phonological awareness
verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)
text features


order of events to get ready for school and order of events at school


sleepyhead, breakfast, teacher, shy, strange, moan, alone, new

Character Analysis:

A shy Llama Llama learns that new things are not easy, but with the help of new friends and teachers, he warms up to school and discovers that he actually likes school in the end.


Llama Llama misses his mama at school but warms up with the help of new classmates and his teacher and gets very excited when she comes back to get him.

trying new things


verbs (action)
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

enlarged fonts
colored fonts

Phonological Awareness:



How do you think Llama Llama feels about going to school? How do you know he feels that way?
How do you know that Llama Llama is enjoying school in the end?
How does Llama Llama feel when his mama comes back?
How do you feel when you have to leave your family?


Do you think Llama Llama will like school?
Will he warm up to his new friends and teacher?
What will Llama Llama do at school?
Will Mama Llama come back?

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