speech and language teaching concepts for Red Leaf Yellow Leaf in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:




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

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

By Lois Ehlert

This rich introduction to the life of a tree by Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Lois Ehlert is a celebration of nature featuring a child’s connection to a sugar maple tree.
Ehlert blends bold graphics, vibrant colors, and precise details in her watercolor collage alongside found objects like seeds, fabric, wire, and roots in this innovative work of early nonfiction. A special glossary explains how roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, how to make a bird treat and other facts about trees. Children and adults will feel inspired to take a closer look at nature in their own backyards.

This informational fall and leaf-themed book can be used to tie into a science (leaf theme) curriculum. It is also great for sequencing and for targeting the /tr/ blend as well! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

point of view
illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)
text features


how a tree grows from a seed, then sent to a nursery, then planted in a yard


sprouted, nursery, tended, uprooted, twine


verbs (regular past tense)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

small informational text in the illustrations

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