speech and language teaching concepts for Pirate Boy in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/er/ final
/r/ medial (pirates, pirate)



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

Pirate Boy

By Eve Bunting

A delightful story of steadfast love between a pirate boy and his brave mom. After reading his favorite book about a pirate boy, Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship. Luckily, his mother reassures him that she would find him, even if she had to swim on a dolphin, battle sea monsters, and wield a bottle of pirate-shrinking magic spray to do it! Young readers will love this adventurous and ultimately reassuring tale of a mother’s love.

This sweet pirate-themed book can be used in speech therapy for describing. It is also great for noticing sequencing and predictingDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pirate Book in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (linguistic)
illustration study
problem solving


order of  obstacles that Danny’s mother encounters


verbs (linguistic)


Why will the mom make the sea monsters smaller? How will that help her?
Why will the mom make the pirates smaller? How will that help her?


How do you think the boy will get home?
What do you think Danny’s mom will do when she encounters the sea monsters?
What will Danny’s mom do if the pirates don’t let him leave?
How do you think Danny’s mom got the magic spray?
How will Danny and his mom get home?
What will happen to the pirates?

Problem Solving:

How will Danny’s mom overcome the obstacles in getting Danny home?

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