speech and language teaching concepts for This Is the Nest That Robin Built in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/n/ initial
/st/ final
/r/ initial
/b/ medial
/er/ final
/r/ blends
/th/ initial



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

This Is the Nest That Robin Built

By Denise Fleming

A robin’s animal friends help build her nest in this cumulative collage picture book from Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming. Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.

This colorful, repetitive spring-themed book can be used in speech therapy to target rich vocabulary and sequencing. It is also great for describing and rhyming! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using This Is the Nest That Robin Built in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present tense)
phonological awareness
repetitive text


order of animals and items used to build the nest


squirrel, trim, twig, anchor, dog, horse, plasters, mouse, weeds, bind, rabbit, cushions, eggs, brittle, nestlings, tufted, fledglings, rumpled, ruffled


verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (present tense)

Text Features:

change in font
enlarged text for emphasis

Phonological Awareness:



Who do you think will help Robin build her nest?
What do you think will come next?

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