speech and language teaching concepts for One Hot Summer Day in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/s/ initial
/m/ medial
/er/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

One Hot Summer Day

By Nina Crews

It’s summer, and it’s hot! Acclaimed author-artist Nina Crews’s debut picture book was hailed as “a wonderful concept book” by The Horn Book and “the debut of a welcome new voice and vision” by Kirkus. The perfect book to share with young children on a hot summer day! One Hot Summer Day is a lively and beautiful photographic concept book about a perfect summer day.

This creative and fun Summer book can be used in speech therapy to focus on action verbs and describing. It is also great for targeting the following sounds: /h/, /s/, /m/, and /er/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using One Hot Summer Day in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)


order of activities the little girl did in the heat  and in the rain of  summer


pant, hydrants, shade, fan, shadow, sandbox, popsicles, thunder


verbs (action)


How do you know that it is summer time in the book?
How does the little girl feel about the heat of the summer?
Why does the girl eat a popsicle? How does she feel about the popsicle?
What will the thunder bring?
How does the little girl feel about the rain?
Why does it feel cooler after it rains?

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.