Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds
A recommended reading book list that promotes the development of oral language skills in children aged 6-8 years old.
The books in this guide outline quality age-appropriate recommendations only and do not align with specific PLD programs. The lists have been created by speech
Speech and Language Development Milestones – 5 years old
This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for 5 year olds.
Designed by speech and language pathologists, the speech and language milestone sheets provide a list of typical milestones that should be attained by specific ages.
Oral Language Concept Development – Ages 2 – 6
A milestone and information sheet which outlines the timeline for developing oral language concepts in children aged 2 to 6 years.
Speech Sound Development – Ages 3 to 8
The milestone poster/sheet details the age related milestones for speech sound development in children aged 3 to 8 years.
Many parents, early childhood workers and teachers will wonder if a child speech is normal. Most children’s speech becomes clearer gradually as they hear and
Recommended picture books to read to 5 year olds
A recommended reading book list that promotes the development of oral language skills in children aged 5 years old.
The books in this guide outline quality age-appropriate recommendations only and do not align with specific PLD programs. The lists have been created by speech pathologists with the aim of promoting the development of oral language skills. If you are seeking a list of picture books related to a specific PLD program, we recommended that you purchase the PLD program to access the picture books referenced in the program.
You can quickly access the recommended picture book lists for the other age ranges below.
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Semantic Scenes and Questioning – Set 2From $65.00$65.00 incl. GST
A school or home based program designed to equip teachers and parents of 5-6 year old children with activities that will develop semantic knowledge.
Semantic Scenes and Questioning – Set 2 is designed to equip teachers and parents of 5-6 year old children with activities that will develop semantic knowledge. A good grasp of semantics broadens a child’s understanding of the meaning of words, which then helps them to understand what they hear or read and also helps them to express exactly what they want to say. A child who is struggling with semantics will be the child who: Can’t stay on the topic of simple story or news telling, but goes off on unrelated tangents. Takes a long time to think of particular words they want to use in conversation. Uses non-specific vocabulary such as ‘that’ ‘there’ ‘this one’. Has difficulty sorting items into groups, describing them, and finding differences and similarities. Has difficulty understanding instructions that include time vocabulary such as ‘before’ ‘after’ ‘first’ etc. ‘Semantics’ refers to the meaning of sentences and words and how words relate to one another. That is, whether words belong in groups or categories together (e.g. Apples and oranges and pears are all fruit), whether they are similar to each other, or different and the features they have e.g. Size, shape and colour. Another way to think of semantics is like a network or web. Each word we speak or read has a place in this web. Each word has other words linked to it, some closely related and some distantly related. Each word belongs to several groups, some big and some small and each word has a definition that sets it apart from other words that are similar. Some words are related by the fact that they are actually opposites! All this information surrounding words is what we aim to teach young children about the vocabulary that is appropriate to their stage of development and life experience. Semantics is one facet of oral language. Given that oral language is not only a strong predictor of academic and social success but also a necessary requirement for good mental health, it is important that parents and teachers have the skills and resources needed to facilitate the development of oral language in young children. The aim of this program is to train parents and teachers to structure and facilitate developmentally appropriate semantic activities for 5 to 6 year old children. This program provides: Semantic activities and accompanying picture resources. Examples of appropriate and inadequate responses for 5-6 year old children. Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer. Features: Colour thematic picture scenes include the zoo, transport, at home, food, school, toys, Australian animals, clothes, under the sea and birthday party. Specific semantic questioning is outlined for each picture scene. Examples of appropriate and inadequate responses for 5-6 year old children. Techniques and strategies are outlined when a child provides an inadequate answer. This publication is mentioned within the Whole School Literacy Strategy booklet on page 13.
Picture Book Retelling – Step 2From $65.00$65.00 incl. GST
Developing oral narrative skills for later writing & comprehension.
Picture Book Retelling Step 2, is a teaching resource that attempts to break down early picture book retelling skills into simple sequential steps for teachers and parents to follow with their students and children. The program trains parents and teachers to identify where 4 and seven year old students need to develop and strengthen their oral language skills and presents specific techniques and supports to do so. Ideal for Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 students, Picture Book Retelling – Step 2 provides: Assessment and monitoring procedures. Planning and programming supports. Visual Supports. Includes colour storytelling cards which assist early retelling efforts. Retell summaries for over 40 exciting and engaging picture books such as ‘Possum Magic’ By Mem Fox, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ By Eric Carle, ‘A sausage went for a walk’ By Elisha Marjid and many more! Techniques and strategies are outlined when a child provides poor retell of a story. Techniques and strategies to develop and accelerate language skills. Guidelines for structuring whole class, small group and individual activities. Comprehension questions. Retelling evaluation screen. Parent information sheets. A structured program designed by speech pathologists for teacher and parents. Storytelling can be a challenge for 4-7 year old students and teachers, however, practice is the key and the more students are exposed to the language associated with telling news or stories the more their expressive language will improve. This publication is mentioned in the Whole School Literacy Strategy on page 13.
Comprehension Questions for 5 Year OldsFrom $65.00$65.00 incl. GST
A home or school picture book program for 5 year old students.
The aim of Comprehension Questions for 5 Year Olds is to train parents and teachers to ask developmentally appropriate questions and to evaluate the quality of a child’s oral answer. If an insufficient answer is provided by a child, there are examples of how to assist the child to answer the question specifically with sufficient information. From 5 years of age, students should love engaging with their peers and adults. Therefore, the ability to understand questions is critical for participation in social interactions and success across all curriculum areas. Comprehension Questions for 5 Year Olds has been developed as an essential resource for Oral Language Development. At this age, questions require students to predict, include, consider possible outcomes, and explain how and why. For example: How else could this have been used? Why can’t we? Why did that happen? What would you use…? Designed by Speech Pathologists for teachers and parents for use in schools, daycare and in the home this program provides 5 year olds with: Lists of developmentally appropriate picture books and comprehension questions. Samples of 5 year old age-appropriate answers and samples of inadequate 5 year old answers. Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer. An instruction booklet that outlines how the resource can be presented to a whole class, small groups or individual home setting. Each card reminds the importance of repeated reading of picture books and outlines a collection of questions to be asked on day 1, then further questions to be asked on days 2, 3 and 4. 42 double sided picture book cards that model appropriate questions and responses for the books listed in Recommended Books For 5 Year Olds such as ‘A Lion In The Night’, ‘Bear Hunt’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘A Sausages Went For A Walk’. The questions focus primarily upon Blank (level 3 and 4 questions). Two easy to administer progress checks; are included, to check on the acquisition of comprehension questioning ability. The other programs within the range include: Comprehension Questions for 3 year olds (Mc3) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 4 year olds (Mc4) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 5 year olds (Mc5) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 6 & 7 year olds (Mc6) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 8 & 9 year olds (Mc8) & Explanation video for parent training This publication is mentioned within the ‘Whole School Literacy Strategy’ booklet on page 13.
10 Minute Language Games – Set 2From $65.00$65.00 incl. GST
Developing vocabulary and the ability to speak in sentences.
Designed by speech pathologists for teachers and parents, 10 Minute Language Games – Set 2 for 4 to 6-year-olds presents numerous short fast-paced games and activities that are fun and engaging and which facilitate: Vocabulary expansion Practice retrieving theme-based vocabulary from children’s ‘mental dictionaries’ The application of theme-based vocabulary to categorising and description tasks Examples of age-appropriate and non-age appropriate answers Children with language and semantic delays will often have: Gaps in their vocabulary. Difficulty retrieving their vocabulary from their mental dictionaries. Children with vocabulary retrieval problems will inconsistently retrieve appropriate words (e.g. on occasions they will label ‘lion’ appropriately and on other occasions, the labels ‘tiger or leopard’ will be used.) Other children may demonstrate relatively age-appropriate vocabularies but are non- automatic in the retrieval of the appropriate words. These children typically require additional ‘think’ or processing time. Activity 1 – Naming and Speaking in Single Words: The vocabulary-based games are fun and engaging ways to rehearse the labelling of common category based items. Activity 2 – Sorting and Speaking in Short Sentences: In the sorting tasks children are given the opportunity to become familiar with the characteristics that best describe the pictured items. Activity 3 – Describing and Connecting Several Sentences Together: In the describing tasks children are given the opportunity to give clues and therefore describe the pictured items. Each theme has 3 activity cards and 24 colour vocabulary cards. We recommend introducing the themes in the following order: Fruit & Vegetables, Weather & Seasons, Animals, Under the Sea, Minibeasts & Occupations.