using Love Monster in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial


Valentine’s Day

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Love Monster

By Rachel Bright

Love Monster is a slightly hairy monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. But as it turns out, it's hard to fit in with the cute and the fluffy when you're a googly-eyed monster. And so, Love Monster sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is. His journey is not easy―he looks high, low, and even middle-ish. But as he soon finds out, in the blink of a googly eye, love can find you when you least expect it.

This adorable Valentine's Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like acceptance and loving one's differences. It is also great for noticing facial expressions and for targeting predicting as well as /l/ initial! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Love Monster in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving
illustration study
text features


sequence Monster takes to find someone that will love him


fitting in
loving one’s differences
facial expressions



Text Features:

moving text
large font
bold font
unique font


How does Monster feel living in a world of cute fluffy things?
What do children think about Monster?
What is Monster thinking when things were not quite as they seemed?
How did Monster feel at the bus stop?
How did Monster feel at the end?


Where do you think Monster could go to find someone to love him?
Who do you think would love Monster the way he is?
What do you think will happen when Monster gets on the bus?

Problem Solving:

Monster tries to find someone to love and accept him.

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.