using The Night Before Valentine's Day in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/v/ initial (valentine’s, valentine)
/l/ initial and medial (valentine’s, valentine)
/ar/ (card, heart)


Valentine’s Day
gift giving

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

The Night Before Valentine’s Day

By Natasha Wing

It’s the sweetest holiday of the year! Celebrate love and Valentine’s Day with card-making, tasty treats, and more in this installment of Natasha Wing’s best-selling series. Join in on all of the colorful fun, and then come along to school the next morning for a day of parties and games!

This celebratory Valentine’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like friendship, gift giving and facial expressions. It is also great for rhyming and for targeting predicting as well as for a variety of verbs! It can also be used to target /v/ initial, /l/ initial and medial, and/ar/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Night Before Valentine’s Day in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence 

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
phonological awareness


order of events getting ready for and celebrating Valentine’s Day at school


gathered, true, trimmed, arrow, marking, snug, vision, decked out, festive, bouquet, blushed, admirer, deliver, wild, quarter, appear, cupid, comical


facial expressions
gift giving
celebrating with one another


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Phonological Awareness:



What were they thinking about when she went to bed?
How did they feel when they were going to school?
How did the bus driver feel when he got a card?
Why did the teacher blush when she got the bouquet?
Why was Mr. O’Meyer standing behind the door?
How did the girl feel about the kissy-faced boy?
How did the girl feel when she opened her wild card?
How do they feel about their surprised?
What were they thinking when they saw it?
How did they feel about their present?


How do you think they will get ready for Valentine’s Day?
What do you think will happen when they get to school?
Who do you think is at the door?
What do you think is in the present?
What do you think they will do with their present?

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