speech and language teaching concepts for The Very Hungry Caterpillar in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/k/ initial
/v/ initial
/l/ medial



Book Details:

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds!

The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart...”
Mother's Manual
Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative…”
The New York Times Book Review

This fun and bright Spring-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing and predicting. It is also great for targeting /k/, /v/, /l/, /er/, and /gr/.  Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

repetitive text


order of days of the week
order of foods that the caterpillar ate through


days of the week (Monday-Sunday), hungry, caterpillar, slice, stomachache, cocoon, nibbled, butterfly



Text Features:

repetitive text


What will the caterpillar do since he is hungry?
What will he eat first?
What will he eat next?
What will happen to the caterpillar after he eats all of the food?
What happen to the caterpillar after he eats through the big green leaf?
What will happen after the caterpillar goes into his cocoon?
What will the caterpillar turn into?

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