25 Books to Target Verbs in Speech Therapy

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Books are a great way to work on verbs and actions in your speech therapy sessions, at home, or in your classrooms.

Verbs, or action words, are a key part of language development. They allow a child to begin to create early sentences that typically emerge at 2 years of age. Some common first verbs are: go, up, see, want, eat. SLPs work with their students by expanding their verb vocabulary and teaching them how to use each verb in its tenses. Children typically learn verbs first in the present tense, then the present progressive (eating, jumping, walking, drawing, etc.), and then regular and irregular past tense.

Books are useful for teaching new vocabulary, including verb tenses. The pictures and text help reinforce the verbs, and the repetitive nature of some books helps in solidifying new concepts. Retelling stories is also a great way to work on past tense verbs in sentences. Discover some “verb heavy” books below!

Some of my favorite verb books to use:

verbs books 1

Head to Toe

One Mole Digging a Hole

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Peppa’s Busy Day

Jump, Jog Leapfrog

verbs books 2

The Cat in the Hat

Peter Goes to School

Nothing-to-Do Puppy

The Very Busy Spider

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!

verb books 3

Baby Donald’s Day at the Beach

I Went Walking

The Aunts Go Marching

A Good Job

Bibs and Boots

verbs books 4

Hurry Hurry Mary Dear

Are You My Mother?

Press Here

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Stick Man

verbs books 5

Kites Sail High

I Can Do That

Run Like a Rabbit

Maisy Goes on Holiday

Green Eggs and Ham

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

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