This list of books has a focus on ‘sh’ sounds – ship, sheep, fish, push etc. Most books are fairly short and suitable for preschoolers.
On a Pirate Ship. A simple story about friendly pirates looking for treasure. Lots of opportunity to say the target word – ship.
Word to Try – ship
Where is the Green Sheep? Lots of great ‘sh’ words at phrase level. Red sheep, thin sheep etc. Such a lovely repetitive book with so many chances at saying ‘sheep’.
Phrases to Try – red sheep, thin sheep.
Sharing a Shell. Beautifully illustrated and glittery and shiny. A crab needs to look for a new shell and when he finds it he won’t share it.
Words to Try – shell, share, fish.
Shark in the Dark. A nice little cut through book where you think you have seen a shark on each page. But have you?
Word to Try – shark.
Smiley Shark – Another book to practice the target word – shark. Smiley shark scares all the other fish away until he rescues them from the net at the end.
Words to Try – shark, starfish, puffer fish.
Commotion in the Ocean. Very colourful rhyming book about sea creatures. On each page there is a description of a new sea creature. Lots of mixed targets to practice – fish, shark, shell, starfish, ocean, commotion.
Words to Try – fish, shark, shell, starfish, ocean, commotion.
Going Shopping. A book about mum and the kids visiting the shops.
Words to Try – shop, shopping trolley, push.
Centipede’s 100 Shoes. A funny story about a centipede who needs new shoes.
Word to Try – shoe.
The Sheep Fairy. A sheep who wants to fly is granted a wish. He flies over the town.
Word to Try– sheep, wish.
Sheep on a Ship . A rhyming book about pirate sheep on a pirate ship. Lots of phrase level repetitions here in this short story.
Phrases to Try– pirate sheep, pirate ship.
A Squash & a Squeeze. An old favourite by Julia Donaldson. A little old lady has a small house which gets even smaller with each animal! Plenty of pages to practice ‘Squash and a Squeeze’.
Phrase to Try – ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’
Splish, Splash, Splat. Very cute illustrations about a cat on a playdate and a swimming lesson.
Words to Try – fish, splish, splash, share.
Don’t Push the Button. Larry (a purplish monster) tells us his rule – don’t push the button. A great big red button is shown on many pages for the chant – Don’t Push the button.
Phrase to Try – Don’t Push the Button
Mrs McNosh Hangs out the Wash. A crazy mum hangs out clothes but then everything else on the line. A phone, newspaper, the cat etc. Lots of great targets to repeat here.
Words to Try – McNosh, wash, washing line, shorts, shirt, shoe.
Mrs Wishy Washy series. Mrs Wishy Washy is a farmer who likes to wash all the muddy animals, but they keep getting dirty! Lots of rhyming text and repetition of the target – wishy washy.
Phrases to Try – wash the pig etc. & Mrs Wishy Washy
Smash, Crash, Mash. Big gobbling rubbish trucks are going down the streets collecting all types of rubbish – lamps, furniture, food. But it’s the noise as they go which will create your targets – crash, smash, mash, rubbish, trash.
Words to Try – crash, smash, mash, rubbish, trash.
Fish Had a Wish. This fish wishes he could be something else – he wants to be a bird, a snake etc. So many great ways to practice the targets – wish, fish.
Words to Try – wish, fish.
Hooray for Fish! Very colourful and engaging book for young children by the author of Maisy. Many, many word and phrase level targets for fish – stripy fish, spotty fish. (similar to Where is the Green Sheep?)
Phrases to Try – stripy fish, spotty fish etc
Splash! This story has a counting theme about things falling in a pond. However, each time there is a nice opportunity to say ‘Splash’ and there are also goldfish to count.
Words to Try – splash, goldfish.
Brush Your Teeth Please. This pop up book has one huge animal on each page brushing his teeth. Really engaging paper toothbrush included and a great way to get your targets – brush, toothbrush, shark.
Words to Try – brush, toothbrush, shark