Do you need Valentine’s Day books for speech therapy with free DIY crafts to go along with them? Yes, please! I am a book therapy kind of girl and have way too many in my SLP library. Please tell me I’m not alone.
But hey, don’t forget the four things to ask yourself when choosing a book for your specific students:
- Is it developmental age appropriate? (not just chronological age appropriate)
- Will it allow me to target their specific needs and IEP goals?
- Is it motivating and easy to understand?
- Will it be short enough to finish in time to do additional activities in my session? (Or does it lend itself to be chunked between multiple sessions?)
Here are my very favorite Valentine’s Day books for speech therapy with some pretty spectacular craft ideas to go along with them. Check out the list and see if any of them will work for the students on your caseload. Amazon affiliate links included.
1. Love Monster
If you haven’t read this one, you’re in for a treat. It’s is probably my favorite Valentine book. Love Monster lends itself well to sequencing and comprehension.
Do yourself a favor and check out this easy paper plate craft to go along with it.
This cute book is great for making inferences, story elements, sequencing, and vocabulary. It’s a really sweet little story that all my kids like. Here’s a fun cloud craft from Glued to My Crafts blog with a free template.
I like using this one with my older kids. It’s a little bit longer, but you can easily use it to work on feelings/emotions, sequencing, story elements, making inferences, and more.
This craft doesn’t come with explicit instructions, but it looks pretty easy to cut out and create the shapes. Plus, you can put whatever targets you’d like in the center square!
Have you read this book? It’s great for story grammar, describing words, and actions. I don’t have a link to a craft for this one because obviously if you read The Biggest Valentine Ever, you should make the biggest valentine ever with your students!
Just grab some red bulletin board paper and cut a giant heart. Then have the kids decorate it and glue pictures to it. You’ll be their favorite person after that!
So this book is absolutely precious! It’s so cute for actions, WH questions, cause/effect, and vocabulary. It’s definitely a speech room must-have!
This post has 2 cute crafts that go along with the book. Check it out and give them a try!
This book has lots of the characters from the “If You Give a” books. It’s great for working on WH questions, sequencing, and vocabulary. Here’s a super cute mosaic heart craft to go with it from No Time for Flash Cards.
7. Plant a Kiss
Ok, this is such a sweet book. It doesn’t have a lot of words or complex story line. It’s just a simple book about how showing a little love can go a long way. I like it for making inferences, sequencing, cause/effect, vocabulary.
You’ve got to check out this ADORABLE little craft from I Heart Crafty Things that goes with the book. It’s so cute.
If you are looking for more speech specific Valentine’s activities, check out these on TPT:
- Valentine’s Worksheets
- Winter Accordion Crafts for Vocabulary
- Valentine Language Pack
- Interactive Fluency Binder for Winter
I hope some of these make your little Valentines smile and make your therapy extra special! I’ve got a similar book list with crafts for Halloween that you can check out as well.
Happy Valentine’s Day!