Books Written By Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)
Updated: Mar 13
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My first children's book, a baby board book focusing on early words and sounds, is due to be released in June 2023 through Ninewise Publishing!
I've been really excited to connect with other SLP authors and decided to put together this giant list of books that were written by SLPs because:
1) I love when SLPs support one another. If you buy any of these books, consider leaving an Amazon review or sharing about it on social. Instagram accounts have been included so you can follow the authors.
2) There are many reasons SLPs make incredible writers: We have exposure to a wide variety of picture books, know which picture book features lend themselves well to addressing speech-language skills, and get to see how children react to different stories/elements. We also have specialized knowledge in areas like phonemic awareness, vocabulary instruction, and training families to support speech-language development.
3) The world could use more SLP authors, so if writing is a dream of yours, I thought this might serve as some inspiration to get started!
Please note: I have decided not to include SLP textbooks or workbooks due to sheer volume, but recognize that there are many more phenomenal SLP authors out there not listed below!
If you're an aspiring or published SLP author, definitely check out the Facebook group SLP by Day, Author by Night, run by SLP authors, Tali Kellerstein and Rebecca Eisenberg.
Middle Grade & Miscellaneous Kids
Let's Go, Puppy!
by Holly Rosensweig, SLP
Follow Puppy throughout his day while learning early, functional words and other skills such as pointing and gesture imitation! Includes tips for parents and a list of the earliest-developing speech sounds. This interactive board book is perfect for little ones ages birth to three!
by Stephanie Cohen, SLP
Written by a speech-language pathologist, My First Learn-to-Talk Book is designed to help babies and toddlers master the skills they need as they learn to talk. Reading the book aloud helps caregivers easily model important aspects of communication for little ones―not only through sounds and words, but also with gestures, facial expressions and more!
My First Learn-To-Talk Book: Things That Go
by Stephanie Cohen, SLP
Teaching speech can be as simple as beep-beep! Created by a speech-language pathologist, My First Learn-to-Talk Book: Things That Go pairs favorite vehicles with a proven approach designed to help youngsters learn to talk.
What Are They Doing? A Fun Book of Animals and Verbs
by Molly McIntyre, SLP
The animals in this book will help your child develop simple sentence structure, are especially helpful for Autistic children and children with language delays, will develop English language skills, and will delight early readers!
by Molly McIntyre, SLP
The pages of this book come alive and are so soothing to you and your little ones. Yumiko East beautifully illustrated these nursery rhymes created for the joy of the sounds themselves. You and your children will love story time together with this brilliantly crafted children’s book.
by Molly McIntyre, SLP
Big Bears, Little Bears, Pink Bears and more! Another hit with littleones and early readers. This charming book pairs early adjectives or qualities with delightful bears who go on parade. It helps young children describe their world!
Talk with Me! The Big Book of Exclamations 2
by Teri Kaminski-Peterson, M.S. CCC-SLP
This book is filled with carefully designed illustrations which immerse infants and toddlers in the rich language that surrounds in their familiar environments and daily routines. The books are designed to promote speech sound development and imitation of gestures, sounds and words.
by Dianna S. Cook, M.S. CCC-SLP
Feed a monster friend and be ready to open wide with a yummy-yucky variety of food surprises, color and rhythm. Enjoy interactive fun with vowel sounds while stimulating early speech and language development. Perfect for ages 2 and up!
Mirriam-Webster's 150 First Words
by Claire Laties-Davis, M.S. CCC-SLP
For toddlers ages 0-3. Provides opportunities to learn essential words and one-, two-, and three-word phrases connected to 90 everyday objects found in daily activities/routines. 150 single words and short phrases are introduced, then along the border of every scene a photograph of each item is presented as an additional search-and-find activity.
Baby Actions: Baby on the Go Series 1
by Alpin Rezvani, M.A. CCC-SLP & Debbie Shiwbalak, M.A. CCC-SLP
What better way to encourage language from your children than using this Baby Actions book created by speech pathologists! This book is perfect for ages 0 months and up... it's never too early to expose them to language learning! Provides an innovative way of learning actions words. Includes these actions: bathing, biting, bouncing, coughing, crying, drinking, drooling, eating, flying, hugging, kicking, kissing, laughing, looking and playing.
This is book one in the Baby on the Go Series by SLPs Alpin Rezvani and Debbie Shiwbalak. Other series and iBooks/eBooks written by Alpin Rezvani and Debbi Shiwbalak, including Fruits, Vegetables, Toddler Actions, Environmental Noises, Consonants, Vowels & Diphthongs, Baby Feelings, and Ways to Promote Speech & Language can be found here.
Our Little Adventures: Stories Featuring Foundational Language Concepts for Growing Minds
by Tabitha Paige, M.S. CCC-SLP
Written and illustrated by SLP Tabith Paige, the three children's board books in the Our Little Adventures box set take parents and toddlers or young children on trips to the farmers market, the forest, and a wildflower meadow.
Wishy Washy: A First Words and Colors Book
by Tabitha Paige, M.S. CCC-SLP
This book features strategically chosen first words that include a child's earliest developing sounds, such as m, b, p, t, etc. Also includes guidance on how to foster your child's speech and language development as they grow. Available April 19, 2022!
by Jennie Bjorem, M.A. CCC-SLP
Beautifully illustrated repetitive board book on a topic that all children love, poo-poo! Filled with functional consonant-vowel consonant-vowel words, you won't believe where Colby's dino goes potty! Your child will giggle while predicting what crazy spot the poo-poo will be in next! Great for toilet-training as in the end, the dino uses the potty!
by Jennie Bjorem
Beautifully illustrated repetitive board book on a topic that all children love, pee-pee! Filled with functional consonant-vowel consonant-vowel words, you won't believe where Livi's puppy goes potty! Your child will giggle while predicting what crazy spot the pee-pee will be in next! Great for toilet-training as in the end, the puppy uses the potty!
Baby Zoo: The Book of Colors, Numbers and Shapes
by Margaryta Kuzmin, SLP
This board book follows the story of an accident with paint at the zoo with baby animals. The painter figures out a simple solution to get all animals clean and save the day. Your child will learn the name of each animal, colors, numbers, shapes, emotions and other important concepts.
by Stephanie Ciatti, SLP
Turn your baby's babbles into words with Let's Talk, Baby by Stephanie Ciatti. As a Speech Language Pathologist and mom, Stephanie has created a fun and foundational baby book to support speech development starting day one!
Can You Drink a Dinosaur?: A Yes/No Book for Young Talkers
by Cara Tambellini Danielson
Children learn to answer yes/no questions, learn to speak in sentences, and learn to think critically about scenarios. Children learn to answer basic yes/no questions by comparing silly scenarios to real scenarios: (Can you throw an elephant? NO Can you throw a ball? YES Can you eat a house? NO Can you eat an apple? YES) Children will be laughing and learning as they read this book.
View other books written by SLP Cara Tambellini Danielson including Easy to Say First Words, What can We Do?, and First Book of Verbs here.
by Laura Prestia, SLP
The book takes you through four different scenarios, each targeting early developing sounds. It focuses on common vocabulary words and uses repetitive two- to three-word phrases for practice. The book uses large, easy to follow text and simple illustrations to capture attention.
by Yael Herszkopf Mayer, M.S. CCC-SLP
This book will help your child learn action words such as eat, sleep, brush, jump, dance, read, and many more! It is part of a collection that also includes an educational video and an animated song. To watch the videos and hear the songs go to learningwithyaya.com or visit the Learning with Yaya YouTube channel.
View other books by SLP Yael Herskopt Mayer including Opposites, Categories, Sounds, and Colors (as well as Spanish versions of each!) here.
by Caley Nunnally, SLP
We are all different! We have different eyes, ears, noses, mouths, and hands. Mine make me ME, and yours make you YOU. The world was made for us to play, learn, and dream. If we were all the same, how boring would that be? Written by an SLP, this book officially launches on April 26th but is available for pre-order now!
by Taye Jones, SLP
In her debut children's book, "Liam's First Cut, Taye Glover weaves together the beauty of fatherhood, community, and neurodivergence as Liam, a black boy with an autism spectrum disorder, approaches a big rite of passage: his first haircut.
by Stephen Groner, M.S. CCC-SLP
"Life's not always smooth, it's not. Sometimes things get stuck. S-s-sometimes a lot." So begins the story of two children who stutter and get stuck in their speech. Written by a person who stutters turned SLP, "Unstuck," with it's down-to-earth prose (stutters included!) and bright illustrations is the story every child who stutters needs to hear to be left with the most important message of all: hope.
by Pearl & Sydney Bassard, SLP
During their day together, Julia and her mom have Julia’s favorite breakfast, explore a book fair, and shop at the mall. Along the way, they experience a few surprises that neither of them was expecting. Join Julia and her mom as they find joy in the simplicity of daily life.
by Hallie Sherman, SLP
Meet Ella Bella, an adorable young girl struggling to find the right words to say! Follow along as she learns and practices a strategy to help her get her point across. Ella Bella Just Can't Tell Ya will entertain children while teaching them vocabulary and word retrieval strategies.
by Gabriella Gizzo, M.S. CCC-SLP
This book is about the special bond between an owner and her dog, Sophie. The purpose of this book was to creatively target speech and language goals through Sophie's experiences. It can be used to target articulation, especially /s/ and /s/ clusters, and language goals such as answering WH questions, labeling common objects, increasing vocabulary through descriptions, expanding syntax, describing emotions/feelings, and sequencing and story retell.
by Gabriell Lucchese-Hood, SLP
Phil, a fly, is often misunderstood as a pest. However, he is actually a friendly little guy who loves to take in sights and go on thrilling adventures. A nomad, Phil is off on his next journey to find a temporary home. Amidst his travel, he stumbles upon a strange place he’s never seen before. The accidental discovery he makes changes his life forever in the most amazing way.
This is the first installment in SLP author Gabriell Lucchese-Hood's Phil Fly series. Find more adventures with Phil here!
by Keylonda Wheeler, M.S. CCC-SLP
Nia Skye attends her first play and it changes her life forever! Follow her journey of fun with her new friend, Ariyah. Nia Skye and Ariyah show each other kindness and respect. Even though they move about the world in different ways, one thing they have in common is the superpower of PURPOSE! This beautiful story of friendship helps children and grown ups alike begin talks of disabilities, mobility devices, and allyship.
SLP Keylonda Wheeler's next book, Mrs. Key Key's Speech Room is available for pre-order as of 3/01/22! Click here to view it at keylondawrites.com.
by Tiffany Malas, SLP & Lauren Maerz, SLP
Sam has out-of-this-world dreams for himself and he just started kindergarten. While he’s looking forward to learning many new things, Sam wasn’t prepared for all the challenges he would face along the way. With a little help and encouragement from his teacher, he learns to explore his emotions so he can do anything he sets his mind to.