speech and language teaching concepts for The Busy Little Squirrel in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/skw/ initial
/er/ medial
/l/ final
/b/ initial
/z/ medial



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

The Busy Little Squirrel

By Nancy Tafuri

The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down? Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn.

This fun repetitive fall book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing. It is also great for predicting and for targeting describing as well as for /skw/, /er/, /l/, /b/ and /z/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Busy Little Squirrel in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (action)
text features
repetitive text


order of animals that ask Squirrel to spend time with them and the items he gets instead

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeia (squeak, sweet, croak, meow, woof, hoo)


verbs (action)

Text Features:

repetitive text
exclamation marks


How do you think Squirrel will get ready for winter?
What do you think each animal will ask Squirrel to do with them?
What do you think he will do next?
Where do you think Squirrel will go once he’s done collecting everything he needs?
What do you think he will do there?

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