using Time to Sleep in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial
/s/ blends


helping others

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

Time to Sleep

By Denise Fleming

A chill is in the air and Bear knows it is time for her winter nap. But first, she must tell Snail. And Snail must tell Skunk. And Skunk must tell Turtle. Each animal who tries to put off going to sleep just a little longer sees, smells, hears, or tastes the signs of the impending season. Finally, Ladybug rushes off to tell Bear–already asleep in her cave–the exciting news. Denise Fleming presents a warm-hearted story about animals of the forest settling down for their winter nap. But, like children who must go to bed for the night, they each find a way to put it off just a little bit longer.

This cute winter book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting and sequencing. It is also great for targeting sounds including: /er/, /w/ initial, and /s/ blends! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Time to Sleep in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
verbs (action)
phonological awareness


sequence of animals that let each other know winter is coming


slither, seal, frost, grubs, den, trudged, burrow, perched, grumbled

Character Analysis:

The animals try to help each other by telling them winter is coming. Ladybug has a surprise at the end!


verbs (action)
verbs (linguistic)

Phonological Awareness: