speech and language teaching concepts for Mama, Is It Summer Yet? in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/n/ initial
/y/ initial (yet)
/s/ initial
/m/ initial
/w/ initial
/er/ final


changing seasons

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

Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

By Nikki McClure

Young children see the passage of time through the seasonal changes to the world around them in this charming book, illustrated with Nikki McClure’s extraordinary cut-paper art. A little boy who can’t wait for summer keeps asking his mama, “Is it summer yet?” Mama says, “Not yet, little one,” then points to the signs that spring is turning to summer—the softening of the earth, the nest-building of squirrels, the singing of birds—and encourages her son to savor the beauty of spring.

This engaging Summer book can be used in speech therapy to focus on sequencing and describing. It is also great for targeting predicting through its beautiful illustrations.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mama, Is It Summer Yet? in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (action)
repetitive text


order of events that lead up to the season of Summer


buds, swell, little, unfold, earth, sprout, swallows, ducklings, blossoming, summer


verbs (action)

Text Features:

repetitive text


When will summer come?
What will happen next to lead to summer?
What will happen to the buds?
What will the boy do with the water can?
Why are the characters putting on rainboots?
What are the characters going to do with the blanket and books?

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