Elementary School, Grammar, Language, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Best Wordless Picture Books for Speech and Language Therapy

Wordless picture books are one of the most versatile and useful tools that you can have in your speech and language therapy room! Check out my top 10 list!

In case you don’t know, wordless picture books are one of the most versatile, useful materials you can have for speech therapy! I’ve worked in 3 different settings since graduation. This has turned me into a material hoarder as there are very few materials that are appropriate for all of the children I’ve worked with! Wordless picture books continue to be one of my most used materials for ALL ages/ability levels. I just love them! My middle school students still think they are cool – and that is a big win! Below are my ten favorites that I use all the time!











Did I miss any? I’d LOVE to add some to my collection so let me know in the comments!

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Wordless picture books are one of the most versatile and useful tools that you can have in your speech and language therapy room! Check out my top 10 list!


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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    November 30, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    You forgot about Talk with Me! The Big Book of Exclamations 2 for the birth to 3 kiddos :^)

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      November 30, 2016 at 9:10 PM

      Yes! This is a good one too.

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    November 30, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Snowman’s Story is a favorite of mine and perfect for this time of year 🙂 I “read” it with a second grader today and it was a hit!

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      November 30, 2016 at 9:09 PM

      I’ve never heard of that one!! Thank you! Checking it out now 🙂

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    December 4, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    I found that using “The Farmer and the Clown” by Marla Fraser during a circus theme we had worked really well for multiple ages!

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    December 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    I love the Jack the dog series by Pat Shores

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    December 5, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Goodnight Gorilla, a great resource to elicit language samples.

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    December 18, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Oh no It looks like the links to the different books are broken… only shows the numbers 1-10. I will check back to see if this changes. Cheers

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      December 18, 2016 at 9:32 PM

      I’m sorry about that! Try it on a different computer or device. I think it is a browser issue! Thanks for reaching out.

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      February 6, 2017 at 9:06 PM

      I turned off my adblocker and everything showed up!

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    Sarah Worcester
    July 24, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    This showed up in my pin feed today, so as long as it is still circulating I thought I would add my faves:
    Pancakes for Breakfast

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      July 24, 2017 at 1:36 PM

      All great additions! I’ll try and update the post sometime soon! Thank you!

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    August 1, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Un-Brella by Scott E. Franson is also a great wordless book.

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      August 5, 2017 at 1:57 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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    August 14, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Hello – New to your page! I am trying to find new materials to use with my son (age 6) who has receptive/expressive language disorder! How are these books meant to be used?? By making up our own stories? Describing the pictures? Thank you for your help! 🙂

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      August 15, 2017 at 10:44 AM

      This is a great post on how to use them! Tons of ideas! Hope it helps! https://www.smartspeechtherapy.com/in-case-you-missed-it-and-now-on-the-value-of-wordless-picture-books/

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    November 10, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Flotsam is my favorite!

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    Teri Peterson
    November 13, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Someday you should consider creating a list that is more specific in terms of an age range. Something specific for birth to three and then 3 up because I think that changes things.

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      November 21, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll definitely keep that in mind!

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    Debra Brown
    November 15, 2017 at 5:40 AM

    The Toad and The Frog series has several wordless books, and the Good Dog, Carl series are wordless. Fabulous story content with fabulous, descriptive illustrations!

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      November 21, 2017 at 7:01 PM

      I love those books too! I often use the Toad and The Frog books for narrative retell assessments!

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    November 16, 2017 at 6:03 AM

    Alexandra Day wrote a series of wordless books centered around a dog named Carl. The first is titled “Good Dog, Carl”.

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      November 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      I love that book!!

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    May 20, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    I love Red Sled and I Got It! and Time Flies

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