Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ medial
/k/ medial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

What Does It Mean to Be American?

By Rana DiOrio and Elad Yoran

An engaging picture book for children that celebrates what it means to be American! What does it mean to be American? Does it mean you like apple pie or fireworks? Not exactly. This patriotic picture book is perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Election Day, or any day you want to share with your child what it means to be an American. After all, Fourth of July isn’t the only time to celebrate what makes America special!

This brightly illustrated patriotic/America themed book can be used in speech therapy to address new vocabulary, describing using various adjectives, and inferencing.  It is also great for targeting the /r/ and /k/ sounds. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using What Does It Mean to Be American? in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (present progressive)


United States, equal, opportunity, dreams, achieve, freedom, resources, blessings, frontiers, obligations


verbs (present progressive)


Why is there more to being an American? And not just about fireworks and fast food?
What are some reasons that it means to be an American?
What are some freedoms and opportunities Americans have?
Why are you proud to be an American?
How can Americans show others kindness?

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