Three Outstanding Books for /r/ Sound Practice

This post is designed for speech-language pathologists who are working with students on learning the /r/ sound. Once students are at the sentence level, you may want to incorporate books into your sessions to practice the /r/ sound in a fun and engaging way. This post outlines three books I keep coming back to at this stage.

Three Outstanding Books for /r/ Sound Practice

Books are fun to read in speech therapy sessions, but not all books are designed the same. In over a decade in this profession, there are a lot of books I only used for a few sessions, and then donated or got rid of. As SLPs, we are looking for books that are versatile, fun, have a good sequence of events, and hopefully have a quality insight or lesson. These are SLP-approved books that hit all these criteria. I’ve been using them for years and hope you can, too.


This book is about Chrysanthemum, a little mouse who starts to feel self-conscious about her name. Over time, she learns about the upsides of being unique, different, and fully herself. Grab this book because of the /r/ sounds, and keep it because it’s a great book to also use with all your students on sequencing and story retell.

A House for Hermit Crab

In this book, a hermit crab takes his time making his shell as home-like as possible. He decorates his shell with things he finds in the sea until it’s perfect. Then, he realizes he’s outgrown his shell and needs to leave it behind. What happens next is a sweet lesson for students about giving and friendship. This is another book you’ll grab for the /r/ sound and keep using over and over for your language students as well.

The Polar Express

Although I typically dig this book out around December, it really could be used more often. There’s an abundance of /r/ sounds in this book, and it’s another sweet story with beautiful illustrations.

Wrapping it up: Three Outstanding Books for /r/ Sound Practice

I hope this book list was helpful for you. I hope these are books you continue to come back to year after year. If you have further book suggestions, feel free to contact me and I may add them to a future blog post.

Using quality books in your speech therapy sessions really does make all the difference. I love these books and hope you do, too!

Further Reading

If you are looking for more posts that will help you with quick and easy speech therapy ideas, check out my post on done-for-you fall apples theme lessons, great books for fall to use in your sessions, or 15 SLP websites you won’t want to miss.


Sarah Lockhart is a speech-language pathologist with experience in private practice, school settings, telepractice, and travel SLP settings. She owns a private practice in Southern Oregon.

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