R Books and Activities for Speech Therapy
Along with Road Maps For S and Z and Road Maps For L, I also created my best tips, a list of activities to pull from, and a short word list for prevocalic R, vocalic R, and R blends. Amazon affiliate links included if you wish to purchase the books listed in this post.
I’ve stated countless times, give me ANY speech or language goal, and I can find a book to target it. Children’s books are GOLD for developing carry-over of sounds!
In this FREE download (see below) you get my best tips for how, after 18 years as a practicing clinician, I approach R. Personally, I have seen the best results by taking a phonemic approach. Meaning, I like to isolate each R sound and drill, baby, drill! I like to find at least ONE correct R production. It may be a blend, vocalic AR, or prevocalic R. Typically there is SOMEWHERE to start.
Here are my favorite book suggestions.
To be honest, the list could easily be WAY longer! I did add a second page to this Road Map…because, R.
Shorter length /R/ books:
Longer/More Complex /R/ Books:
Officer Buckle and Gloria
Horace and Morris But Mostly Deloris (guess what vocalic R this targets?)
The Story of Ferdinand
Rely on these for stronger readers working on conversation level. More suggestions in the download.
How do I use these Road Maps?
You can print the Articulation Road Maps on regular paper (sometimes color because, why not?) and stick the tips and activities in a folder, then tape the bookmark on the inside cover of the book. I have the student read the list as a “preview practice” prior to reading the book or before I read it to them.
I also send them home for parents to use as “homework.” Hopefully, it encourages reading with their kids. I’ve even had one parent tell me they started looking for their “target sounds” in all their books at home! Score!
You can see all the recommended books on my Amazon List For /R/ Articulation (affiliate link).
Finally, I’d love for you to pin the images above to share with other SLPs who may want to download too!
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In search of more /R/ resources for your therapy room?
Check out one of my best-selling TpT resources: Slide and Say: Vocalic R