speech and language teaching concepts for When I Grow Up in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ final
/b/ initial
/w/ initial and final
/gr/ initial 


community helpers
growing up

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

When I Grow Up

By Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer's Little Critter series is back for another installment, this time for some hopeful imagination about a bright future yet to come. Little Critter’s sister dreams about all the wonderful things she’s going to do when she grows up. She imagines being a great ballet dancer, a world-famous doctor, a speedy race-car driver, and more!

This inspiring community helpers book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like believing in yourself. It is also great for targeting action verbs, auxiliary verbs, subject pronouns and contractions! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using When I Grow Up in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

verbs (action)
verbs (auxiliary)
pronoun (subject)


ballet, parade, circus, dance, lead, join, teach


Little Critter believes she can do anything she puts her mind too including having a variety of jobs.


verbs (action)
verbs (auxiliary)
pronoun (subject)

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