speech and language teaching concepts for Should I Share My Ice Cream? in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/skr/ medial
/g/ medial
/j/ initial “Gerald”
/sh/ initial
/air/ medial and final
/p/ initial


ice cream
helping others

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

Should I Share My Ice Cream?

By Mo Willems

In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time?
Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a funny story about the challenges of doing the right thing. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will eagerly eat it up!

This sweet summer and kindness-themed book can also be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional topics like friendship and sharing.  It is also great for targeting the /s/, /kr/, and /g/ sounds.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Should I Share My Ice Cream? in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
text features


cold, hot, share, awesome, tasty, flavor, sad, happy

Character Analysis:

Gerald contemplates sharing his ice cream with Piggie. He goes through many emotions and thoughts as he decides if he should do the right thing by sharing. In the end, Piggie shares with Gerald. Gerald feels happy that Piggie shared with him.


feelings (sad, happy, excited, etc)

How can you share with your friends?


adjectives (hot, cold, tasty, awesome, etc)

Text Features:

speech text bubbles
bold and enlarged font


How does ice cream make Gerald feel?
How does he feel when he realizes he should share his ice cream?
How does he feel when he sees that his ice cream has melted?
How does Gerald feel when Piggie shares ice cream with him?


What will Gerald do with his ice cream?
Will Gerald share with Piggie?
What will happen after Gerald ice cream melts?

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