Our Favorite Books for Late Talkers

by Courtney Harrison, CCC-SLP

The following list includes some of my favorite colorful, silly, and engaging books that promote language development.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  -Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle

I love to use this classic book for many reasons. The repetitive language is a wonderful way to promote language development. Children have the opportunity to learn the names of different animals, and colors. The pronoun “I” is introduced as well of the verb “see.”  Parents and therapists can make animals sounds with the child throughout the story to assist in the development of early speech sounds.  Signs for the names of each animal can also be introduced throughout the book.

Moo Baa La La La  -Boynton, Sandra

This fun and silly book is a great way for busy children to engage in storybook time. Children participate in a quick and enjoyable way to learn to produce early sounds including, “b” and “m.”

First 100 Words -Priddy, Roger

This is a great book for expanding a child’s vocabulary.  Parents and therapists are able to target receptive and expressive language, using the large and colorful pictures.  Each page displays pictures separated into categories (e.g., colors, foods, animals).  Parents can talk about the different pictures (e.g. color, shape, size), have the child verbally label familiar objects, and have the child point to pictures upon request (e.g., Where’s the ball?).

Where’s Spot?  -Hill, Eric

I love interactive books that teach new vocabulary words, and also make answering questions fun. With this book, children have the opportunity to learn prepositions, learn how to respond to “wh” questions, and predict outcomes.

That’s Not My Puppy -Watt, Fiona

That’s Not My Puppy is a simple yet fun way to get children engaged in a story. Aside from being an exciting “touchy-feely” book, children have the opportunity to learn the early sound of “p” with this repetitive story.

Courtney Harrison, CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech and language pathologist at Live Oak Children’s Center located in Covington, LA.