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50 Repetitive Books for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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One of the things I remember most about getting our diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech was the feeling of helplessness. While I understood that speech therapy would be key to helping our son communicate, that was only one time each week. I’m with him 24 hours, 7 days each week. What could I do at home?

For us, it’s reading books. When we read books together, he not only looks at the books while I read it, sometimes he also watches my mouth as I read the words. Then, he imitates what I modeled for him.

And it wasn’t something I had to force. He just started doing that.

While there are some great children’s books out there, the ones that we’ve found to be most helpful in his language development are books that have repetitive words and phrases. These have become favorites for all the kids, and it’s a great way to practice sounds without being forceful with learning.

Places to Find Reasonably Priced Books

Books can be pretty pricy. But they don’t have to be. You could ask friends and family for books for birthdays and holidays. Here are some places you can usually find books for below retail:

  • Goodwill
  • The Salvation Army
  • Book Fairs
  • Discount stores (i.e., Marshall’s, Big Lots, TJ Maxx, etc.)

50 Repetitive Books for Children with Apraxia

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

To Market to Market by Anne Miranda

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Take A Mouse to the Movies by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

Red Hat, Yellow Hat by Sandra Boynton

Goodnight Moon by Margret Brown

Dear Zoo: A Lift The Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by by Eric Carle

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom

Who’s Making That Mess?  by Jenny Tyler Stephen

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Up to Ten and Down Again by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino

Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

Wodney Wat’s Wobot by Helen Lester

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

“Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” Went Bumblebee by Colin West

I Don’t Care! Said the Bear by Colin West

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

The Big Book of Exclamations by Teri Kaminski Peterson

Pacifiers Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley

She Sells Seashells: A Tongue Twister Story by Grace Kim

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Nadine Bernard Westcott

White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

The Pirate Who Couldn’t Say Arrr! by Angie Neal

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

The Yak Who Yelled Yuk by Carol Pugliano-Martin

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord

 

What books would you add to the list?

 

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  1. Aimee

    17 May

    Green eggs and ham- Dr. Seuss

    • That is a great one, Aimee!! I don’t know how I forgot about Green Eggs and Ham!

    • Kate peden

      19 May

      I’d add all the Pete the cat books!

      • I haven’t heard of Pete the Cat books. I will definitely have to check those out. Thanks for the tip, Kate!!

        • kelli

          23 August

          my daughter has a recent diagnosis. And I was trying to find something as well. trying to fill that void of helplessness. Pete the cats are silly, but repetitive and so you can be silly and over annunciate the words. We have lots of fun and she doesn’t realize she is working!

          • It’s so hard. I still remember my head spinning. Knowing that we were going to do whatever it would take, but feeling so helpless. I love that with books we can help them and they don’t realize they are having their own little therapy session. It’s great. Thanks for stopping by, Kelli! {{Hugs}}

  2. Ursula

    19 May

    “Old Black Fly” by Jim Aylesworth!

  3. Colleen

    19 May

    Go! Go! Go! Stop! By Charise Mericle Harper and Go, Dog. Go! By P. D. Eastman

  4. Pauline

    22 May

    Sheep in a Jeep is also really good, and Oh Dear! may be out of print but worth looking at.

    Clip Clop is fun, as is One Duck Stuck and I Went Walking. Great list!!!

    • Thank you so much for those suggestions, Pauline! When my son first got his diagnosis, I just felt so overwhelmed and wanted to something. Reading books is something that we do anyway. I’m so glad people are finding this list a great resource.

  5. Christine

    27 May

    Hop on pop. By Dr. Seuss

    Great words to say and funny pics.

  6. Shannon

    10 June

    Great list! We love The B Book!

  7. My children loved “The Duchess Bakes A Cake” with the repetitive line “a lovely, light, luscious, delectable cake.” Hope I remembered that correctly. My “baby” is 17.

    Agree with the comment above about P. D. Eastman’s “Go, Dog, Go!” Boys and girls like it. Cars and hats, what can be better?

    Great list!Thank you. I’m sharing.

    • Ooooo. I love all the comments because I’m finding new books to read! “The Dutchess Bakes a Cake” sounds like a book my kids would love! Thanks for the suggestion!! I’ll have to look it up.

  8. Nicole Vogel

    2 October

    No David! by David Shannon is a great one my apraxic son loves it!

  9. Brandy

    21 October

    There is a book called “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More.” My son loves that book.

  10. Dawn

    20 December

    Hello! I am so glad to find your blog and this list.. our second son has apraxia of speech. Thanks!

  11. ~ linda

    19 January

    I had never heard of Apraxia until now. But as a retired teacher and children’s librarian, and now a tutor to primary-aged children, this list is great. I can use some of these with a child I tutor with Dyslexia too. In fact, I am using some and will add a few more!

    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    ps…I have a book review blog too: http://the-reader-and-the-book-reviews.weebly.com/

  12. Kari

    25 January

    These are great books. My 13yo done has apraxia of speech & I feel for you all as I remember wondering if he would ever talk. I can tell you that finding the right therapist is key, they will all tell you they know about apraxia but it does not mean they know how to treat it. The other great resource for me was the book, The Late Talker by Marilyn Agnin. Also the section in the book on which supplements to use… I can honestly say made a night & day differences for us. Reading is great & if you find the right therapist they will encourage you to sit in on their sessions (quirtly) & watch so that you can duplichate what they do at home. Sorry , didn’t mean to go off topic on you all, I just read the blog for the first time & wanted to share it does all work out. 🙂

  13. Shiloh

    24 February

    My daughter Shiloh is also dealing with apraxia of speech. Thanks for this list. I am digging through my books and found several on your list!

    http://shilohsstory.blogspot.com/2015/02/speech-apraxia-resources.html

  14. Cynthia

    25 October

    Great books! I also use a lot of books like these that have predictable sentences. After the first couple of readings, I ask the child to “fill in” the rest of the sentence. I tailor the amount according to the level that we are working on. They like participating and practice is not so intimidating.

  15. Annette

    20 December

    Found your article on 50 books for apraxia, thanks for these suggestions! However, Just want to mention your website has so many graphics, it barely loads, and reduced my RAM in short notice by more than 1GB! This means my laptop won’t function well at all, so I won’t bookmark your page. Please think about reducing the load! Thanks!

  16. Marianne

    26 January

    Our son was never diagnosed with anything although he was tested many times. He sang before he talked, however. We were asked to talk to him as much as we could, and running out of things to say, we sang. There are a lot of repetitive songs! (Gotta be a little careful there. You never know which song will stick, and it probably should not be “Beer, Beer, Beer”) His first word, and he never babbled or vocalized, was “pop” in “Pop, Goes the Weasel.” For an older child I would add some of Dr. Seuss’ books. “Green Eggs and Ham?”

  17. Becca

    3 April

    I just found this page and wanted to say thank you for the book list! It is very helpful!

  18. heather Milligan

    4 September

    “The grumpy ladybug” is a great repetitive Eric Carle book . Humorous video on YouTube by Mr. 7

  19. C Maxie

    21 November

    Little Blue Truck:)

  20. Michaela

    2 March

    The Twins This and That- Laura Appleton Smith is great for anyone working on either the voiced or unvoiced ‘th’ sound, not just CAS. It can be really hard to find books focusing on these sounds and this one is full of it!

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