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

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ (initial and medial)



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

Narrative Concepts:

cumulative tale
repetitive text


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)

Phonological Awareness:


If you liked this, check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for other Halloween books to use in therapy.