Our Favorite Books for Speech Therapy – Count the Monkeys

November 27, 2018 BY Kelly C. Bawden, MS, CCC-SLP

We’ve spent the last few years sharing our clinicians’ favorite toys and when we sat down to do it again this year, we were inspired to mix it up a bit. Books are one of the most important tools in any SLP’s bag of tricks for many reasons — they can be used to target any number of areas of need, they engage kids in literacy-promoting behaviors, they’re inexpensive, they’re portable, and they’re just plain fun! Perhaps best of all, they don’t require batteries and are best enjoyed with a friend. What could be better?

Today we’re kicking off this new series with a recommendation from Laura Holden. She loves to share Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett with her clients and with her own kids at home. It’s highly interactive and has a cast of fun and interesting cast of characters (including polka dotted rhinoceroses with bagpipes and bad breath!). Readers are asked to perform actions while reading, and it is also full of emotions and adjectives to keep everyone engaged. Kids love it and so does she!


We’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks, so be sure to check out the whole series. And we’re so excited about our favorite books that we’re having a raffle for each one in our waiting room at the clinic! Enter the raffle the next time you come in, and winners will announced on 12/14. Good luck!