Monday, April 18, 2011

Top books for kids in Early Intervention

I follow several speech language pathologists on Twitter, and last night a bunch of them had a discussion about suggested reading books for Early Intervention. Here, their picks. There are some Max and Sabrina faves, one I loved from my own childhood, and a couple of cool books I'd never heard of.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (I so loved this as a kid)

Where's Spot? and other books in the Spot series

Caps For Sale; I have fond memories of my mom reading this book to me, too.

Not A Box

Binky (a Sabrina favorite, because she used to be obsessed with her pacifier, aka her "habifier") and other books by Leslie Patricelli

Each Peach Pear Plum

Is Your Mama A Llama?

Where Is Baby's Belly Button? (a Max fave) and all the other adorable books by Karen Karbo


  1. Some of our faves are on there! Love this list - thanks for publishing it. ;)

  2. Karen Karbo is one of my favorites. Charlie, of course, has no favorites because he hates reading. Really, how IS this my child?

  3. Max also hated reading at Charlie's age. Even today, it's not his favorite activity, but if the books involve trucks, he'll listen. Sabrina enjoys reading a whole lot more.

  4. each Peach Pear Plum is a great book loved it as a kid, Brown Bear is always a hit with kids too

  5. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Great list! We also love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at our house.

  7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a new favorite for us, but don't try to go to bed withut reading or you'll get your butt whooped by a two year old with a powerful left hook.

    Here is a tip for OT purposes - while we have a bedtime baba and the strong hand is occupied with milk, the hand needing work is offered touch and feel books, then we switch to the page turners. To build arm strength, shoulder strength, and work towards better supination, I hold the open large format book above Hannah's head while she rests her back on me, and ask her to use Righty to point to "M" or "O" and so on so she thinks we are having fun with letters and I think we are getting bonus OT time. The large format Chicka Chicka Boom Boom board book from Costco works well for this as the back and front inside pages display the full Alphabet in big bright easy to see print.

    For textures, openings, and touch and feel stuff - we use Pat The Bunny and its counterpart Pat The Beastie, Dear Zoo, Stephen Cartwright's farm animals with fluffy chicks and stuff, the Where is Baby's book mentioned above and it has companions for Toes, Ears, and Nose and others that come in box sets for better value. here is a whole Touch and Feel library and we got ponies because of hippotherapy, but they lack any kind of narrative and are not as fun to read. Everyone should try Gallop and Waddle too, with "moving" pictures.

  8. I LOVED Each Peach Pear Plum!! I looked forward to reading it. It was one of those books where we would always find something new to look at...something that we hadn't noticed before. The scene at the end where all the characters gathered is a particular favorite.

    If You Give a Pig a Pancake is my daughter to a tee. She is of the never quite satisfied school of thought. For years we read the If you give a pig book to her and laughed and laughed. My daughter had no idea why we thought it was so funny. I wasn't as fond of If You Give a Moose, but we did like If You Take Pig to the Movies. I guess we like that little pig!

  9. That is EXCELLENT advice!!! It's so hard finding cool textured books for older kids. I think we're going to need to make one. Oh, do you think you could come do some OT sessions with Max?!

    Jill, I also loved the illustrations in Each Peach Pear Plum. I did not know the pig also went to the movies! I think I saw myself in those books more than I saw the kids. I'm like your daughter, finicky.

  10. As an EI teacher, I always started the year with the Wheels on the Bus. The little guys also loved The Napping House and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. My favorite unit was The Very Hungry Caterpillar - when we ordered butterflies.

  11. Sooo I know I'm a bit late to this train, and my only child is "typical" (LOLOL!!), but he had a little over a year of speech therapy starting when he was 18 months (he'll be 3 in November), and I just had to share the awesome Gabriel-approved books we all but wore out. :) My personal favorite is still the "Duck & Goose" series by Tad Hills, which I discovered when Wal-Mart had "Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin" around G's first Halloween. There are 8 in all. I just cannot get past the cuteness of them, and even at 3 they are still relevant. We also had a lot of success with the Dr. Suess board books - "Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb" was a HUGE obsession for G, and better yet he walked around trying to sing it!
    And, interestingly, reading to him was a great way to get him to talk because he didn't like it - he'd pick a book, sit with me, and wait...then after about 2 pages, he'd want to read the book to ME, and would take the book away and loudly talk over me. It was just babbling, but when the kid refused to speak at all, that was a HUGE thing.


Thanks for sharing!