speech and language teaching concepts for Ten Apples Up On Top! in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial, medial and final
/k/ final
/dr/ initial
/p/ medial and final



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

Ten Apples Up On Top!

By Theo. LeSieg

Don’t let the apples drop! Three animal friends practice balancing apples on their heads in this hilarious introduction to counting, illustrated by Roy Mckie. The sturdy board book teaches all about numbers, with a dose of signature Seuss charm. Kids will learn to count to ten–and want to start all over again!

This fun fall and apples book can be used in speech therapy to address counting. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting action verbs as well as for /l/, /k/, /dr/ and /p/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Ten Apples Up On Top! in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
verbs (action)
prepositional phrases
text features​
phonological awareness​
repetitive text​


verbs (action)
prepositional phrases

Text Features:

repetitive text
cumulative text
exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:



How do the animals feel when the others get more on top?
Why do they want to get the apples down?
How do they feel at the end?

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