10 Speech & Language Books to read to your child

by FS&TS

By Jolene Law, MS/CCC-SLP

Books are a great gift for children for many reasons. While reading is a wonderful way to create a strong bond with your child, it also has many benefits to increase speech and language skills. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language while learning critical language and articulation skills. By listening to you read their favorite books, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds and words that form language. Below is a list of books that specifically target language development.

Speech and Language Books for Targeting Questions:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin and Eric Carle

Zoo animals, from polar bear to walrus, make their distinctive sounds for each other, while the children imitate the animal sounds for the zookeeper. This book makes a great companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

I Love You, Little One By Nancy Tafuri

Deep in the woods, animal mothers reassure their little ones of the many ways they are loved. Endearing, full-color artwork from a Caldecott Honor artist highlights the bond between parent and baby.

Where Is Baby’s Christmas Present? By Karen Katz

Baby is looking everywhere for the Christmas present—but where can it be? Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps to reveal special, holiday surprises: Christmas cookies, candy canes, ornaments, and more! Babies are sure to love this Christmas treat!

Speech & Language Books for Prepositions:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this tale of a brave family's joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to win new fans.

Hop on Pop By Dr. Seuss

Loved by generations, this “simplest Seuss for youngest use” is a Beginner Book classic. See Red and Ned and Ted and Ed in a bed. And giggle as Pat sits on a hat and on a cat and on a bat . . . but a cactus? Pat must NOT sit on that!

The Littlest Christmas Elf By Nancy Buss

The newly-arrived and littlest elf at the North Pole feels lonely, fearful, and too small to do anything, until he is befriended by a kind old elf named Nicholas.


The Napping House By Audrey Wood

A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing--WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that's truly like no other.

All By Myself By Mercer Mayer

All the many things a young child can do independently are demonstrated, (tying shoes, riding bike, kicking ball), but there is one thing one cannot do alone.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell By Henry Holt

This time, the hungry old lady swallows a bell, bows, gifts, a sack, a sleigh, and some reindeer! She's about to swallow a candy cane for dessert, when she hears a jolly "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! Watch what happens when she whistles, with amazing results!


One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Blue Fish By Dr. Seuss

Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

Busy, Busy Mouse By Virginia Kroll

Have a bath, work out, take the car for a spin . . . the busy, lovable mouse in this picture book has one long "To Do" list! But he can't even get started until the family he shares his house with goes to sleep. So he spends the day resting in his mouse hole waiting patiently for the night to come. When it finally does, and the family is tucked in bed, this little mouse goes on one busy adventure!

Mr. Getaway and the Christmas Elves By Sally Huss

A classroom full of kids is excited that their substitute teacher, Mr. Getaway, is going to take them on a field trip. Mr. Getaway always has the something exciting in mind and this trip is not different –Santa’s workshop!