speech and language teaching concepts for Summer Days and Nights in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial
/s/ initial
/m/ medial
/er/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Summer Days and Nights

By Wong Herbert Yee

On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool, and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond, and hears leaves rustling. Before long, she’s fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights. As with his earlier books featuring this spunky little girl, Wong Herbert Yee’s focus is on appreciating the small but special details that define a season.

This admiring rhyming summer book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and figurative language. It is also great for sequencing and for targeting /w/, /s/, /m/ and /er/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Summer Days and Nights in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
phonological awareness


order of things she does and sees on the summer day into night


patch, begun, meadow, daisies, creepy, clump, stoop, beneath, whizzes, zips, bumblebee, eve, peep, drifts, owl, frog

Figurative Language:

simile (makes me steam like a teapot)
personification (paint my room in morning lights, golden sun sinks in the sky)

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think she will do on her summer day?
What do you think she wants to catch?
What else can keep her cool?
What do you think she sees?
What do you think will they do at the park?
Who do you think will join them?
Who do you think is outside?
Who do you think is in the tree?
What do you think is in the bushes?

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.