Building Speech Through Books

Go Dog GoDo you know that reading repetitive books with infants and toddlers builds language development? Repetitive books are also essential tools for helping children with speech disorders.

“Do you like my hat? I do not like that hat.”

The Child Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) states that the “predictability, use of carrier phrases, frequent practice of a target sound (s), and familiar inflection of repetitive books may help to target some of the characteristics often associated with child apraxia of speech” (a motor speech disorder). Reading repetitive books with children increases participation, decreases frustration, and provides speech sound production practice, boosting a child’s self-esteem.

“Hello again. And now do you like my hat?” “I do. What a hat! I like it! I like that party hat!” —
Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman

Check out the titles below to see if any of your childhood favorites are listed.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

Are You My Mother? By PD Eastman

Green Eggs & Ham by PD Eastman

Go, Dog, Go! By PD Eastman

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle

The Big Book of Exclamations! By Teri Kaminski Peterson

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give A Pig A Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give A Cat A Cupcake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Dear Zoo: A Lift The Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Hi, Pizza Man by Virginia Walter

No, David by David Shannon

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Five Little Monkey’s Jumping On The Bed by Eileen Christelow

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams

I know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly by Simms Taback

I know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Sheep In A Shop by Nancy E. Shaw

Sheep In A Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone



© Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, . Used with permission.

A native of Cleveland, Maureen graduated from Cornell University and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. She is a former congressional liaison with a background in nonprofit communications. Maureen believes strongly in the mission of the Orange Effect Foundation as she has a nephew with autism and a daughter who benefited significantly from speech therapy.