speech and language teaching concepts for Silly Tilly in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial
/l/ medial
/t/ initial



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

Silly Tilly

By Eileen Spinelli

“Tilly is not an ordinary goose. She takes her baths in apple juice. She wears a pancake as a hat. She tries to ride the farmer’s cat.” But the barnyard animals complain that she’s too silly. When she stops entertaining her friends with her antics, the farm becomes a quiet and unhappy place. David Slonim’s acrylic, pencil, and ballpoint pen illustrations add to the hilarity in this story about a one-of-a-kind silly goose.

This hilarious rhyming farm book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like accepting your friends for who they are and apologizing. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting action verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Silly Tilly in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
phonological awareness​


gruff, dull


When Tilly’s friends are fed up with all the silly things she does they tell her she can’t be silly anymore. As time passes, the animals realize that they haven’t laughed in a while and apologize to Tilly for not letting her be herself.


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)

Phonological Awareness:



How did the animals feel/think about each silly thing she did?
Why do you think they don’t want her doing anymore silly things?
How did Tilly feel as the weeks went by?
What did the other animals realize?
How did they feel at the end?


What do you think they will say to Tilly?

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