speech and language teaching concepts for The Little Blue Cottage in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/j/ final
/bl/ initial
/l/ initial and final
/g/ initial
/er/ medial


changing seasons/growing older

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

The Little Blue Cottage

By Kelly Jordan

The little blue cottage waits each year for summer to arrive―and with it, the girl. Through sunny days and stormy weather, the cottage and the girl keep each other company and wile away the long days and nights together. Until one year, and then another, the cottage is left waiting and empty season after season. In this heartfelt story about change, Kelly Jordan’s lilting text and Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s lush art captures the essence of cherishing a favorite place.

This charming summer book can be used in speech therapy to address describing and inferencing. It is also great for targeting various sounds: /l/, /bl/, /k/, /j/, /g/, /er/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Little Blue Cottage in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
sensory language


cottage, bay, pelicans, weather, sunscreen, fireflies, wailed, repaired, lulled

Figurative Language:

personification (cottage whistled, sighed, shivered, etc)


verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (mental state)
sensory language


How does the cottage feel when the little girl arrives?
When does the girl arrive to the cottage?
How does the little girl feel about being at the cottage?
When the girl grows older and doesn’t visit as often, how does the cottage feel?
Why does the grown girl bring her family to the little blue cottage?
How does it make the cottage feel when she returns?
How do you know that the cottage was the girl’s favorite place?

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