speech and language teaching concepts for Tap Tap Boom Boom in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

​/t/ initial
/p/ final
/b/ initial
/m/ final



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

Tap Tap Boom Boom

By Elizabeth Blumle

The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon — tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race to get away from the crackling rain and wind. With quirky wordplay and infectious rhymes, Elizabeth Bluemle crystallizes an unexpected moment of community, while G. Brian Karas’s warm illustrations show the smiles to be had when a storm brings strangers together as friends.

This rhyming weather book can be used in speech therapy to target inferencing. It is also great for noticing text and illustrations, describing and for targeting /t/, /p/, /b/ and /m/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Tap Tap Boom Boom in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
phonological awareness


dark, damp, cold, dot, appear, umbrella, cart, storm, bloom, grumble, tumble,  whirls, blaster, congregate, fancy, stranger, danger, descend, surprise, scatter

Figurative Language:

personification of the storm

Text Features:

bold text
repetitive text
change in text size
change in font

Phonological Awareness:



How do the adults feel when it starts raining?
How do the kids feel when it starts raining?
Why does the sky grumble?
Why are they running underground?
Why do they make room for others underground?
How do you think the fancy girl feels?
How does the storm make friends of strangers?
Why did the lady only smile?
How does the rain help the town?
How do they feel at the end?
What is different about the way they come out of the subway from how they came in?

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