There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat in Speech Therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial and medial
/sh/ initial



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

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat

By Lucille Colandro

This spooky twist on the wildly popular “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” is perfect for fun Halloween reading! What won’t this old lady swallow? This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic “little old lady” books will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!

This hilarious Halloween-themed book is highly engaging given its lyrical rhyming pattern. Its cumulative format is great for targeting sequencing as well as action verbs! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

repetitive text
verbs (regular past tense)
pronouns (subject)
complex sentence structure
verbs (present tense action)
WH Questions
phonological awareness


order of things she swallowed


howl, shush, groan, rattle

Character Analysis:

character faces show scared expression as they are swallowed


complex sentence structure (use of a relative pronoun, who)
verbs (present tense action, regular past tense)
WH Questions (why and who)
pronouns (subject – she)

Text Features:

repetitive text

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think she will swallow next?
Why do you think she swallowed the _______?

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