using Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and medial


back to school

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

By Patty Lovell

Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do. Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart. But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very first day, but Molly Lou Melon knows just what to do about that.

This heart warming kindness and back to school themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like confidence, bullying and changing others’ views. It is also great for predicting and for targeting adjectives as well as for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:


character analysis

illustration study

text features​​​


order of events of Molly Lou believing in herself at her old and new school which leads to her changing how a bully acts


proud, bullfrog, boa constrictor, fumble fingered, believe, foolish, glee

Character Analysis:

Molly Lou takes her grandmother’s advice exudes confidence in everything she does. Molly Lou even makes a bully re-think his actions at the end.


self love
believing in yourself
being yourself
changing others views
self talk



Text Features:

repetitive text
bold text
exclamation marks


How do you think she feels smiling at herself in the mirror?
What did the frog think about her voice? How do you know?
What is she thinking when she is balancing on the stair railing?
How do you think her confidence changed the audiences thoughts about her up there?
How does she feel about moving?
What did Ronald Durkin think?
Why do you think he keeps calling her names?
How did Molly Lou change Ronald?


What do you think will happen when she exudes confidence?
What do you think will happen with all those dishes?
How do you think she will present herself at her new school?
What do you think Ronald will say or do on the second, third, fourth, and fifth day?

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