Ronda's Recommended Reads

Throughout my years practicing as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, countless parents and teachers have asked me for recommendations of books for their children.  Below is an ever-growing list of books that are enjoyable, well-written, and easily lend themselves to carryover activities to reinforce speech and language skills in the classroom/home/therapy setting.  That said, these are not books exclusively recommended for children with speech and language impairments.  Naturally, the best children's books ARE simply the best books for speech and language development!  Feel free to reproduce and share as this list grows.  Also, feel free to suggest more titles through our facebook page.  A new selection will be added on the first Friday of each month.  Enjoy!

~Ronda Wojcicki, M.S. CCC-SLP



Board books for the little ones:

Barnyard Dance  by Sandra Boynton  (1993)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Eric Carle  (1967)

But Not the Hippopotamus!  by Sandra Boynton  (1982)

Dear Zoo  by Rod Campbell  (1982)

Dinosaur Roar  by Paul Strickland  (1994)

Good Night, Gorilla  by Peggy Rathmann  (1994)

Little Cloud  by Eric Carle  (1996)

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR  by Don and Audrey Wood  (1984)

I Love You, Stinky Face  by Lisa McCourt  (2003)

I'm as Quick as a Cricket  by Audrey Wood  (1982)

Opposites  by Sandra Boynton  (1982)

The Runaway Bunny  by Margaret Wise Brown  (1942)

Tumble Bumble  by Felicia Bond  (1996)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Eric Carle  (1969)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt  by Michael Rosen  (1989)

What's Wrong, Little Pookie?  by Sandra Boynton  (2007)


For everyone:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  by Judith Viorst  (1972)

Along a Long Road  by Frank Viva  (2011)

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing  by Judi Barrett  (1988)

At the Boardwalk  by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman  (2012)

Beach  by Elisha Cooper  (2006)

Can I Just Take a Nap?  by Ron Rauss  (2012)

Caps for Sale  by Esphyr Slobodkina  (1940)

Dog Blue  by Polly Dunbar  (2004)

the dot  by Peter H. Reynolds  (2003)

Extra Yarn  by Mac Barnett  (2012)

Fall Mixed Up  by Bob Raczka  (2011)

First Snow  by Emily Arnold McCully  (1985 wordless), (2003 with text)

First the Egg  by Laura Vaccaro Seeger  (2007)

Harold and the Purple Crayon  by Crockett Johnson  (1955)

The Hello, Goodbye Window  by Norton Juster  (2005)

Hooway for Wodney Wat  by Helen Lester  (1999)

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?  by Margaret McNamara  (2007)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss  (1957)

Humbug Witch  by Lorna Balian  (1965)

If You Give a Moose a Muffin  by Laura Numeroff  (1991)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie  by Laura Numeroff  (1985)

If You Give a Pig a Pancake  by Laura Numeroff  (1998)

if you want to see a whale  by Julie Fogliano  (2013)

Iggy Peck, Architect  by Andrea Beaty  (2007)

The Incredible Book Eating Boy  by Oliver Jeffers  (2007)

It's Christmas by Jack Prelutsky  (1981)

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale  by Mo Willems  (2004)

A Leaf Can Be...  by Laura Purdie Salas  (2012)

Library Mouse  by Daniel Kirk  (2007)

Listen, Buddy  by Helen Lester  (1995)

Louder, Lili  by Gennifer Choldenko  (2007)

Millions of Cats  by Wanda Gag  (1928)

Miss Nelson is Missing!  by Harry Allard  (1985)

The Mitten  by Jan Brett  (1989)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild  by Peter Brown  (2013)

The Napping House  by Audrey Wood  (2009)

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do)  by Judi Barrett  (2008)

One Boy  by Laura Vaccaro Seeger  (2008)

Out of the Ocean  by Debra Frasier  (1998)

The Paper Bag Princess  by Robert Munsch  (1992)

The Present  by Bob Gill  (2010)

Perfect Square  by Michael Hall  (2011)

Rain Song  by Lezlie Evans  (1995)

The Rain Came Down  by David Shannon  (2000)

The Retired Kid  by Jon Agee  (2008)

Room on the Broom  by Julia Donaldson  (2003)

Ruby the Copycat  by Peggy Rathmann  (1991)

Russell's World: A Story for Kids about Autism  by Charles A. Amenta III  (2011)

The Scrambled States of America  by Laurie Keller  (2002)

Sheep Trick or Treat  by Nancy Shaw  (1997)

Snake Alley Band  by Elizabeth Nygaard  (1998)

Snow  by Uri Shulevitz  (1998)

Something for Nothing  by Ann Redisch Stampler  (2003)

Stop that Pickle  by Peter Armour  (2005)

Stretch  by Doreen Cronin  (2009)

Stuck  by Oliver Jeffers  (2011)

Tap the Magic Tree  by Christie Matheson  (2013)

This is Not my Hat  by Jon Klassen  (2012)

This is the Pumpkin  by Abby Levine  (1997)

this plus that: Life's Little Equations  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal  (2011)

Wallace's Lists  by Barbara Bottner & Gerald Kruglik  (2004)

What Do You Do With An Idea?  by Kobi Yamada  (2014)

when Dinosaurs came with everything  by Elise Broach  (2007)


Entire Series:

Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parish  (1963 - 1988)

Good Dog, Carl Series  by Alexandra Day

Mercy Watson Series  by Kate DiCamillo




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