speech and language teaching concepts for Mouse's First Summer in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/m/ initial
/s/ final
/w/ initial



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

Mouse’s First Summer

By Lauren Thompson

Mouse and Minka invite you to celebrate summer with a picnic in the park. Roll down the hill on tickly green grass. Fly fluttery kites high in the sky. Enjoy some juicy watermelon! And before it’s time to go home, a summer surprise sparkles in the sky.

This fun Summer book can be used in speech therapy to focus on describing and alliteration. It is also great for targeting the following sounds: /m/, /s/, and /w/.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mouse’s First Summer in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
text features
phonological awareness
wh questions (what and where)
spatial concepts (over, under, behind, in, on top, down, up)


order of experiences from the mouse’s first summer


tiptoe, watermelon, munching, kite, float, lemonade, colors (brown, purple, blue, etc), fireflies, fireworks, summer


spatial concepts
WH questions (“what” included in text and can be used along with targeting illustration study, and “where” can be asked if addressing spatial concepts)

Text Features:

different font colors, sizes, and positioning for emphasis

Phonological Awareness:


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.