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October Reads: 5 Terrific Fall-Themed Books

This post is designed for speech-language pathologists looking for SLP-approved, fall-themed books for speech therapy sessions. These are tried-and-true books I’ll be using this October in my speech room.

Fall Feelings

Ah, fall. I absolutely love the fall.

This summer, forest fires have surrounded the community where I live. That means July and August were smoky. Some days, air quality was so poor that the children I work with needed to stay inside, resulting in some serious pent-up energy. We adults felt some serious cabin fever, too.

I love the fall because it means blue skies and fresh air where I live. The kids I work with get to play outside, meaning a little more focus in our speech therapy sessions. For me, the fresh air means I get to play outside too – taking long hikes, spending time in the yard, and sitting outside at the cafe to drink my coffee.

So this fall, I’m thankful for those blue skies and I’m ready to crack open the books I usually read each October. So, let’s get into it.

Why is it hard to choose books?

This post is for SLPS who want some high-quality books to use every year during fall-themed lessons. Finding a good book isn’t as easy as it seems. For me, books that last in my speech room are ones that:

work for mixed groups

are easily adaptable for mixed groups

contain a variety of vocabulary

are engaging

After years of working on my collection, I do have some tried-and-true books that I keep coming back to. I’ll share some here, along with helpful targets you can work on with these books.

October Reads: 5 Terrific Fall-Themed Books

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

 

Title The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Author Linda Williams
Theme Halloween
Age Range Preschool and Elementary
Potential Targets Clothing names and functions, Wh-questions, Sequencing

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Title The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
Author Don and Audrey Wood
Theme Late Summer/Early Fall strawberry picking
Age Range Preschool and Elementary
Potential Targets Wh questions (especially where), Inferencing, Emotions/Feelings

Fall Mixed Up

Title Fall Mixed Up
Author Bob Raczka
Theme Fall, Leaves
Age Range Elementary
Potential Targets Verbs, Descriptors

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

 

Title There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
Author Lucille Collandro
Theme Fall, Leaves
Age Range Preschool, Early Elementary
Potential Targets Sequencing, Vocabulary, Multiple Meaning Words, Grammar

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

Title It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse
Author Laura Numeroff
Theme Pumpkins
Age Range Preschool, Early Elementary
Potential Targets Where, Past-Tense Verbs, Emotions

 

Honorable Mention

Stellaluna (great for Elementary students)

Eek! Halloween (great for Preschool students)

Conclusion, October Reads: 5 Terrific Fall-Themed Books

After reviewing this book list, you should have some ideas of new books to use this month in your speech room, as well as some ideas of targeted objectives you can work on as you teach from those books.

For me, it’s always helpful to get book recommendations from other speech-language pathologists. As SLPs, we really do look for specific criteria in books, so the best place I find book recommendation lists is from other SLPs.

If you have other October book suggestions, contact me and I may include them in a future blog post.

Wherever you live, here’s to hoping for those crunchy fall leaves, blue skies, and some great speech-room reads.

 

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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