Love Monster by Rachel Bright is one of the most endearing picture books I’ve ever read! It’s about a little monster that lives in a land surrounded by cute and fluffy things and he sticks out like a sore thumb. He goes on a journey to find someone to love him and right when he gives up, love finds him!
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This book is all about love and acceptance, so it can be used ALL year long! It is especially perfect for Valentine’s Day though! If you’re looking to infuse some love and friendship vibes into your speech room in February, this is the book for you!
I made a book companion to go along with this sweet story! It can be found in The Speech is Sweet Club! Let’s peek inside:
This companion comes with a wide range of printables! No time to cut and laminate?! No problem! There are so many different activities that are ready to go! They address story retelling, synonyms, prepositions, emotions, rhyming, WH questions, and more!
This book is perfect for talking about emotions. Throughout Love Monster’s journey he feels hopeful, adventurous, lonely, scared, sad, and happy! It’s a beautiful story.
Gotta love story maps! These are hands-on and perfect for practicing story retelling.
Flip books are engaging and fun! They’re also perfect to send home for further practice. Parents can review the story and activities with your students at home! I had a student once that LOVED collecting these and showing them off to his teacher and mom. It was the sweetest. They really allow students to dive into a story.
Interactive Language Activities
I’m a huge fan of interactive notebooks, so over the last several years all of my book companions contain a variety of interactive activities! These are great to add into language notebooks or used as independent activities!
These activities address a variety of skills such as prepositions, story elements, vocabulary, comparing/contrasting, and more!
These simple pages have so many different uses! They can simply be used as reinforcement – students can dab the hearts with a bingo dauber, cover the hearts with pom-poms or mini erasers, or you can slip them inside a dry erase sleeve to create a play-doh smash mat!
These are also your mixed groups solution! If you have a student in your language group with articulation goals, then they can write their target words inside the hearts. Your fluency students can write words in the hearts to practice easy onsets or light contacts! The possibilities are endless!
These are unique way to practice answering questions! At the top is a question and at the bottom are possible answers (a field of 2 and 3 are available). Students will clip the answer with a clothespin!
This companion contains so many activities! I would recommend to choose a handful and use this book over the course of a couple weeks and then you can revisit the story later in the school year (or next year) and use different activities! It’s great practice to re-read books and when you use different activities it adds a little spice to your therapy! haha
Also, this book is part of a little series! If you want to read about the other books check out my Valentine’s Day themed blog post!
There are so many different ways to use this book in therapy! Here are a five:
- Prepositions – Love Monster looks for love everywhere! A cute little activity you can do with this book is to take a Love Monster book buddy, a stuffed heart, or even just a paper heart and have students look for it around your speech room!
- Comparing/Contrasting – Love Monster feels different from all the other citizens of Cutesville.
- Describing Words – Cute, Fluffy, Dark, Scary, etc
- Social Skills – Talk about how to make new friends, where to find new friends, etc.
- Character Traits – Love Monster truly is a go-getter, he didn’t give up easily, and is a true friend.
Where can you find this speech therapy book companion? There are three options:
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