speech and language teaching concepts for Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial
/p/ initial
/t/ final
/l/ initial
/w/ initial
/f/ initial


conquering your fears
not giving up

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

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach

By James Dean

Pete the Cat is one groovy cat at finding shells and building sand castles at the beach. But when it gets too hot, there’s only one way to cool off—jump into the ocean! Except Pete might be a scaredy-cat when it comes to the water.

This fun summer and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like conquering your fears and not giving up. It is also great for sequencing and for targeting character analysis as well as /h/, /p/, /t/, /f/, /l/, and /w/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​​
verbs (present tense)


orders of steps for surfing
order of beach activities

Character Analysis:

Pete builds up the courage to try something that he is scared of. His mom is very patient and accommodating with him and Bob helps him learn to surf.


Pete learns to conquer his fears and to keep trying even when at first you don’t succeed.


verbs (present tense)


How does Pete feel about going into the water?
Why do you think he keeps saying “maybe later” when told to go in the water?
What does Pete think about Bob riding a big wave?
How does Pete feel during the day?
How does Pete feel with his feet in the water?
How does Pete feel in the end?

If you are interested in seeing other summer, ocean/beach books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.