speech and language teaching concepts for Snowmen at Work in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ blends (dentist, smile/s, street, sled, straight, stocks, store, spreads, sweet, snow, spell, stuck, spin)
/r/ blends (straight, street, crooked, grocer, frozen, frosty, cream, treat, spreads, frosted, tricks, bravest, dragons, celebration, bringing, brightly)
/r/ vocalic (grocer, store, owner, baker, everyone, teachers, career, disappear, firefighter, story, librarian, birthday, party, deliver, door, factory, work/er)
/k/ initial, medial and final (mechanics, stock/s, tank, baker, flakes, cake, cold, count, tricks, career, tricks, stuck, work/er)
/sh/ initial, medial and final (shovel, grocer, shelves, coldfish, magicians, celebration)
/ch/ initial, medial and final (teacher/s, teach, children)
/r/ initial (runners, roll, rabbits, roar, round)
/l/ blends (plow, flakes, glow)
/s/ and /z/ final



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

Snowmen at Work

By Caralyn Buehner

If you were a snowman, what job would you choose? Ten years ago, on the publication of Snowmen at Night, we discovered the secret lives of snowmen. While we humans sleep, the snowmen go sledding, play baseball, and drink cocoa. But now it’s revealed that snowmen don’t just play all night–they have jobs to do, just like the parents of human kids. Dentists replace missing coal from snowman smiles while pet store owners help pair snowkids with their very own snowpuppy or snowfish to love. The pizza man delivers frozen pizza, and factory workers make the coolest toys in town. Kids will love spotting the silly details in each illustration, and the hidden pictures too. (They can look on the back side of the book jacket for a key to all that’s concealed within.)

This goofy rhyming snowmen book can be used in speech therapy to career vocabulary. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for verbs and nouns as well as for a variety of sounds including /s/ blends, /r/ blends, /r/ vocalic, /k/, /sh/ and more! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Snowmen at Work in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language​
verbs (present tense)
nouns (regular plural)
phonological awareness


crew, drill, polish, dentist, mechanic, grocer, disappear, hauls

Figurative Language:

personification of the snowmen


verbs (present tense)
nouns (regular plural)

Text Features:


Phonological Awareness:


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