speech and language teaching concepts for There Might be Lobsters in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial
/k/ medial
/l/ medial and final
/ch/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

There Might be Lobsters

By Carolyn Crimi

Lots of things at the beach scare Sukie. Lots. Because she is just a small dog, and the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be lobsters. With endearing illustrations and a perfectly paced text that captures a timid pup’s looping thoughts, here is a funny and honest read-aloud about how overwhelming the world can be when you’re worried — and how empowering it is to overcome your fears when it matters the most.

This brave, sympathetic summer and ocean book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like anxiety. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for describing with a variety of adjectives and verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Might be Lobsters in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
text features​
phonological awareness​


order of events that leads to Sukie swimming and saving Chunka Munka


beach, might, tumble, lobsters, huff, cradled, brave

Character Analysis:

Sukie is scared of just about everything, but when Chunka Munka floats away she puts her fears aside to save her companion. Sukie learns that maybe worrying about what might happen isn’t the best way to live.


Sukie is brave and puts all of her worries and anxiety aside to save Chunka Munka.


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

Text Features:

change in font
enlarged text

Phonological Awareness:



How does Sukie feel about the beach?
Why do you think Sukie is scared of the beach?
Why did Eleanor pick them up with a “tsk” and a huff?
What can you infer about Sukie’s personality?
Why does she have Chunka Munka by her side?
Why did Eleanor splash a little splash at Sukie?
What does Eleanor think about Sukie?
What does Sukie think is going to happen each time?
How does Sukie feel when Chunka Munka floats away?
What do you think Sukie was saying to herself in her head when she was swimming to get Chunka Munka?
How did they both feel when Sukie saved Chunka Munka?
Why do you think they watched for lobsters at the end?
What do you think Sukie realized at the end?

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