Back to School Book Companions for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Book Companions

Let’s start this year off right using literacy-based speech strategies in our therapy sessions! I have made this simple to use with your students in K thru 5th grade with my back-to-school speech and language therapy books.

My book companions are book-centered and filled with:

  • lesson plans
  • activities
  • speech sound word lists
  • sticky notes- for quick references
  • digital copies using Google Slides

I love using speech and language therapy books that incorporate the social and emotional connection with students in the beginning of the the school year. In addition to the social/emotional connection, I choose books that are rich with vocabulary, text features, figurative language, and so much more. I hope you enjoy the ease and thoroughness of these back-to-school book companions and that you find them to be enriching to your therapy sessions!

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes – Chrysanthemum is teased about her unique name on her first day of school. This book is great with discussing how everyone is unique and how we should treat others!

How to use it in speech:

  • social/emotional connection
  • figurative language
  • character analysis
  • plot

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – School is very anxious about his first day of school. There are so many unknowns. Kids will enjoy experiencing School’s first day of school in this book!

How to use it in speech:

  • vocabulary
  • regular and irregular verbs
  • character analysis
  • social/emotional connection
  • personification

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev – Who wouldn’t want a pet elephant?? When reading this book and looking at the pictures, kids will love exploring the idea of having a pet elephant or maybe even a narwhal!

How to use it in speech:

  • compare and contrast
  • inferencing
  • illustration study
  • social/emotional connection

You can purchase all 3 of the Back to School Book Companions on TPT. All of the research and planning is done for you – just print and go!


Make sure to follow my Instagram account: @literacybasedspeech where I regularly share books and how you can use them in your sessions.



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