October 4, 2014

Halloween-themed Books for Speech Therapy

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In an effort to increase the number of children's books that I own, I recently bought a bunch of Halloween / Fall-themed books for my students. The following 10 books are some of the ones that I thought might be great for use in therapy with my K-5th caseload. I have found that even 4th and 5th graders still enjoy listening to stories, even when they are geared for younger audiences. Click on the book title to be redirected to the product page on amazon.

"Where's My Mummy?" by Carolyn Crimi
In a game of hide and seek, Baby Mummy loses his mother and tries to find her. During his efforts, he comes across a number of creepy creatures. This book contains a lot of word play and onomatopoeia. Great book for K-2nd.

"The Monster of the Woods" by Claire Freedman & Russell Julian
Owl, Mouse, and Rabbit are trying to come up with a plan in case the Monster of the Woods decides to come to their house. When the Monster of the Woods stops by, they are in for a surprise. This book has a lot of suspense and would work well for K-2nd.

"Pumpkin Soup" by Helen Cooper
Cat, Squirrel and Duck usually work as a team to cook their delicious pumpkin soup. But what will happen when Duck decides that he wants to be the one in charge of stirring? This is a great book to talk about problem-solving, compromising, resolving arguments, and friendship. I think even 5th graders would enjoy this story!

"The Hallowiener" by Dav Pilkey
Oscar the wiener dog is tired of the other dogs making fun of him because of his odd shape. Things get worse when his mom gets him a silly hot dog costume for Halloween... This is a good book to talk about teasing, others' feelings, and overcoming adversity. Great for grades K-5th.

"The Perfectly Horrible Halloween" by Nancy Poydar
I first came across this book when I was researching book titles to include in my social skills curriculum over the summer. It is out of print, but you can still find it used on amazon. Arnold is excited about his class's Halloween party because he has the best pirate costume. However, when he gets to school, he realizes that he left his costume on the school bus. From this point on, Arnold just knows he is going to have a horrible day. This book is great for talking about dealing with disappointment and teaching flexible thinking skills. Can be used for grades K-5th.

"A Job for Wittilda" by Caralyn & Mark Buehner
This book has cats - instant winner! Wittilda the witch has a cat-hoarding problem and ran out of food. To solve her problem, she has to find a job. But keeping a job isn't as easy as Wittilda had hoped... This book has a lot of humor and adorable pictures. You can use it to talk about problem-solving with grades K-5th.

"Porkenstein" by Kathryn Lasky & David Jarvis
Dr. Smart Pig is sad because he doesn't have any friends (they were eaten by the big bad wolf). To overcome his loneliness, he decides that he will invent a friend. After several failed attempts, he finally manages to create a pig. However, Dr. Smart Pig soon realizes that his new friend has an insatiable appetite... Humorous story that would be enjoyable especially by older elementary students.

"Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman
The witch decides to grow a pumpkin to make pie. However, she runs into a problem when the pumpkin grows too large to be pulled off the vine. How will she get the pumpkin off the vine? Good story to talk about problem-solving and teamwork. This book would work best with grades K-2nd.

"Pumpkin Jack" by Will Hubbell
Tim carves his first jack o'lantern this year. After the Halloween magic is over and the pumpkin begins to rot, Tim doesn't have the heart to throw it into the garbage. The book follows the journey of the rotting jack o'lantern which gives life to a new pumpkin plant. This book has some good vocabulary and would work great with grades 2nd-5th.

"Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White
Rebecca Estelle hates pumpkins and grows everything in her garden except. Through a mishap, she ends up with hundreds of pumpkins and now needs to figure out what to do. Great for problem-solving and talking about flexible attitudes. This book has a little bit more text and would probably work best with grades 2nd-5th.

Of course there are tons more books revolving around Halloween / Fall, but of the ones I own these were my 10 favorites! I also have quite a few titles that are more appropriate for a younger crowd and may write about these in the next couple of weeks.
~Viola 

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