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.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist: (and Other Things Not to Do)
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!
Richard Scarry’s Pig Will and Pig Won’t
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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Cheerios Play Books are great for teaching negation & the kids love eating the Cheerios!