speech and language teaching concepts for May I Come In? in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/k/ initial
/sw/ initial
/sh/ medial
/fr/ initial
/spl/ initial
/th/ initial
/s/ medial
/l/ medial
/m/ initial


being welcoming
making room for others

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

May I Come In?

By Marsha Diane Arnold

When thunder roars and lightning flashes, Raccoon is afraid to be alone in his home. So he hurries out to see if any of his neighbors in Thistle Hollow have room to spare for a friend in need. When Raccoon knocks on the doors of Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck, he is turned away. But then Raccoon spies a bright light in the storm. Will this next neighbor open up her house and heart to Raccoon? A tender story that reminds readers of all ages that a kind heart will always make room for one more.

This friendly weather book can be used in speech therapy to address the topic of being welcoming and making room for others. It is also great for sequencing, predicting and for targeting a variety of adjectives and verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using May I Come In? in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:


character analysis
verbs (linguistic)
text features
repetitive text


order of friends visited (Possum, Quail, Woodchuck, Rabbit)


poured, brambles, sniffled, den, room, thunder, doubtfully, bopped, stew, wide, hurried, spongy, shivered, full

Character Analysis:

Raccoon learns to enjoy the rain with his friends. The other animals also come to realize that they should’ve helped Raccoon and let him stay with them.In the end, Raccoon and Rabbit let the other animals join them as well.


Raccoon is scared of the rain and goes to his friends for help. After the other friends make excuses to not let him in, Raccoon is finally let inside by Rabbit and her house full of kids. Despite Rabbit not having much room, Raccoon is let inside to weather the storm together. In the end, the other animals realize that it’s a little scary to be alone when it storms and are graciously let inside by their friends.


verbs (linguistic)

Text Features:

change in font
enlarged text for emphasis 
repetitive text


Where do you think he is going to go?
Where do you think he will go next?
What do you think will  be wrong with the next place?
Where do you think the light is coming from?
Do you think Rabbit will let him in?
What do you think the other animals want?
Do you think they will let the other animals join them?

If you are interested in using May I Come In? and other weather- themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion. 

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