Books are great, aren’t they? I love that you can target a range of different goals with books. And really love that you can coach parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies while reading books too. In this post you’ll learn about 5 awesome books for teaching body parts vocabulary in Speech and Language Therapy sessions.
5 awesome books for teaching body parts vocabulary
- ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes’- Skye Silver
This book is based on the song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes’, with a slight change. It shows a family doing different actions and activities throughout the day, focusing on what their bodies can do. It is a lovely book to use when teaching body parts vocabulary in Speech Therapy sessions.
- ‘Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes: A First Book All about You’- Judy Hindley
This book is great for modelling body part vocabulary. It is full of pictures with young children doing different actions with each body part. It is an ideal book for encouraging toddlers and preschoolers to imitate actions too.
- ‘All of Baby, Nose to Toes’- Victoria Adler
An adorable book showing a young child doing different actions. It focuses on each body part in turn, and has a repetitive phrase on each page “Who loves baby’s [body part]?… Me, I do!”. This is a sweet book for parents/caregivers to read with their children.
- Everywhere Babies’- Susan Meyers
I adore this book. You can use it for so many different goals. The beautiful, diverse illustrations show children doing a range of actions in play and daily routines. So you have multiple opportunities to model a range of language, including body parts.
- ‘Happy to be Me’- Emma Dodd
This book is a fantastic celebration of what makes us, us! It goes through each body part and thanks them for the amazing things they do. The illustrations show all of these things beautifully too. I also love the diversity and representation of all abilities in this book.
Other materials for teaching body parts vocabulary in Speech Therapy
Teaching body parts vocabulary is a common goal for young children in Speech and Language Therapy sessions. The Body Parts Themed Early Language Unit has been designed to help you confidently and easily support late-talking toddlers and pre-schoolers with language delays to develop their vocabulary and language skills by introducing 12 body parts and 2 common verbs.
The Body Parts Early Language Unit is based on the evidence-based therapy approach ‘Focused Stimulation’ and contains a mix of engaging adult-directed and child-led activities, all designed to provide the child with multiple opportunities to hear and learn the target words. The Body Parts Early Language Unit has a range of materials and activity plans to make planning and delivering sessions a breeze. The Unit also includes a book list with even more books for teaching body parts vocabulary.
As I said at the beginning, books are a great tool to use when introducing new vocabulary with young children in your Speech Therapy sessions. If you love using books to teach vocabulary, check out this post for a round-up of 7 adorable books every Early intervention SLP should use for teaching early verbs.
Do you have any books for teaching body parts vocabulary that I’ve not included here? Leave a comment below and let me know!