30 Books to Help Teach Negation


Negation is a critical part of language development that is targeted by SLPs in speech therapy. This is a common grammar difficulty found in emerging language.
Examples of negatives include: no, not, never, none, no one, nothing, don’t, can’t, won’t, etc.

Books are a really fun way to teach this concept! I rounded up some books that contain repetitive negatives to help teach the concept of negation expressively and receptively. Some clearly include negatives and others make it easy to talk about and teach negatives.

negation books 1

But Not the Hippopotamus


No, David!

Green Eggs and Ham

Are You My Mother?

negation books 2

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth!

The Little Red Hen

Is Your Mama a Llama?

No No Yes Yes

negation books 3

Where’s Spot?

Lemons Are Not Red

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

I Was So Mad

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist: (and Other Things Not to Do)

negation books 4

Where Is Baby’s Bellybutton?

Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers

That’s Not My Dragon…(Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

negation books 5

I Am Not a Chair!

You Are Not Small

Please, Baby, Please

This Is NOT a Cat!


negation books 6

Richard Scarry’s Pig Will and Pig Won’t 

Not a Box

Don’t Push the Button!

What Santa Can’t Do

Thomas’ Snowsuit (Munsch for Kids)

Thanks for reading!
Do you have any other books to add to this list?

If you are looking for a more basic way to introduce negation, you may be interested in this negation resource.



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