speech and language teaching concepts for The Kissing Hand in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/k/ initial and medial
/ch/ initial
/st/ medial
/er/ final


back to school
first day jitters

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

The Kissing Hand

By Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp.

This sweet back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like being nervous to go off on your own. It is also great for character analysis and for inferencing as well as for targeting /r/, /k/, /ch/, /st/ and /er/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Kissing Hand in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
illustration study​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)


nuzzled, gently, secret, interested, tingled, lonely, teased, grin, scamper

Character Analysis:

Chester is worried about his first day of school and looks to his mom to help him have the courage to go off on his own.


Chester learns that with the power of love anything is possible.


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)


Why do you think Chester doesn’t want to go to school?
What does Chester think when his mom says she has a secret for him?
How did Chester feel when his mom kissed his hand?
How do you think the kiss will jump to his face and fill him with toasty warm thoughts?
Why do you think the mom shared her secret?
Why do you think the mom had the secret to share?
Why do you think Chester shared it back to his mom?
How do you think Chester will feel at his new school now?

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