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.

Incorporating books into speech therapy offers a multitude of benefits for individuals of all ages. First, books provide a structured framework for language learning, offering clear contexts and narratives that aid comprehension and engagement. Through reading aloud and discussing the content, SLPs can target various speech and language goals, such as articulation, phonological awareness, vocabulary expansion, and sentence structure. Books also serve as valuable tools for promoting literacy skills. Additionally, the diverse range of topics and genres found in books allows therapists to tailor sessions to individual interests and needs, ensuring personalized and effective intervention.

Books are a really fun way to teach this concept! I rounded up some negation 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:

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 negation 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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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for this! Your post made me think of another great book for negation: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

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