speech and language teaching concepts for Time for School Little Blue Truck in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/b/ initial
/s/ final
/l/ final
/bl/ initial
/tr/ initial
/k/ final
/sk/ initial
/p/ final


back to school

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

Time for School, Little Blue Truck

By Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road. They see all the little animals lined up in the school bus’s many windows, and Blue wishes he could be a school bus too. What a fun job—but much too big for a little pickup like Blue. Or is it? When somebody misses the bus, it’s up to Blue to get his friend to school on time. Beep! Beep! Vroom!

This fun rhyming back to school and transportation book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like wishing to be someone/something else. It is also great for targeting comparing and contrasting as well as for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Time for School, Little Blue Truck in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
text features
phonological awareness


order of events to get Piggy to school        


purred, wish, instead, path, tough, brambles, towering, mild, chattered, grin, streams

Character Analysis:

Little Blue Truck wishes he was as useful as the big yellow school bus. When he has to get creative to get Piggy to school on time, he realizes that he’s just the right vehicle for the right job.


Little Blue Truck learns that he is tough and can do jobs in his very own way!


verbs (linguistic)
verbs (mental state)

Text Features:

enlarged text
changed in text color
animal and vehicle sounds

Phonological Awareness:


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