using Winter is Here in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/w/ initial


changing seasons

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

Winter is Here

By Kevin Henkes

Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings beautifully capture the joyful wonders of winter.

This action filled winter book can be used in speech therapy to address grammar including: adjectives, verbs (present progressive), prepositional phrases, nouns (regular plural), and conjunctionsIt is also great for targeting personification and /w/ initial and /er/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Winter is Here in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
verbs (present progressive)


sequence of winter’s events


dripping, curls, crouching, settling, feathering, howls, rattle, shrinks, peeking

Figurative Language:

personification of winter


verbs (present progressive)
prepositional phrases
nouns (regular plural)

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