70 Kids Picture Books to Target Core Vocabulary for AAC


Here is a list of 70 kids picture books with lots of opportunities to target Core Vocabulary that I recently sold (60 in a large SLP buy sell trade group on Facebook and the remaining 10 on my own OMazing Kids SLP Retirement Sale page). As part of my original post I had included a list of the books and the core words in each. Unfortunately the SLP admin of that group blocked me from that group, froze the post and now deleted it. She did not respond to my messages asking why this was done. I followed all the rules of posting in that group. Anyways…. this soon to be retired SLP does not have time or the energy to deal with that craziness. So I will no longer be posting items for sale in that group.


Fortunately I still have the list that I had posted and decided to share it here. These are not all the books that I had or used for Core Vocabulary. They are just the ones that I hadn’t sold yet when I decided to sell Core Vocabulary book bundles.


* A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na (when, go, some, make, up, open, all)
* A Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman (through, in, up, down, what, this, out, who, to, play)
* A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer (like, more, all, big, no, not, put, in, stop, up, can, down, help, come, to, do)
* An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone (I, see, my, little, in, by, on, me, beside, together, play)
* Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (on, here, want, eat, get, away, out, where, my, look, up, not, see, down, go, no, big, get, stop, want, put, in)
* Away in My Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown (in, my, over, through, up, fast, not, out, down, look)
* Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff (down, in, up, who, that, see, me, what, good, those, let, off, look, close; also have used for targeting colors)
* Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry (little, what, you, be, under, out, up, come, big) (kids love the unique way the pages flap open and form a sunflower)
* Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle (what, you, see, look, at, me; also have used for targeting colors)
* But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton (board book) (not, in, on, to, with, come, go, yes)
* Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown (little, in, look, through, there, see, what, here, up, around)
* Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton (down, by, in, can, you, like, me, I, not, you, see, all, stop, no)
* Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough (board book) (this, in, where, down, help, can, not, out)
* Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow (board book) (put, on, off, no, more, can, go)
* From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (I, am, can, you, do, it; also have used for targeting body parts)
* Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charisse Mericele Harper (board book) (little, go, like, new, into, to, up, look, here, there, stop, not, across)
* Goodnight Little One by Margaret Wise Brown (little, on, close, in, stop, no, all)
* Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (I, am, that, not, like, here, there, in, with, on, you)
* Hooray for Hat by Brian Won (up, go, away, on, look, give, not, want)
* Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord (I, need, you, want, which, more, now, go, where)
* I Could Be, You Could Be by Karen Owen (I, can, be, make, all, in, on, like, up, me)
* I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown (paperback) (I, like, in, on, big)
* I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont (oversized board book) (I, like, myself, me, no, be, my, different, same, fast, slow, go, do, down, all, want, not, look, stop)
* I See Summer by Charles Ghigna (I, see, at, in, with)
* I Went Walking by Sue Williams (board book) (I, what, you, see, look, me)
* If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff (if, you, give, go, with, up, take, in, look, find, put, need, want)
* If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff (if, you, give, some, go, it, when, drink, all, up, more, make, up, want, play, get, need, off, around, finished)
* If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff (if, you, give, want, put, on, to, look, all, be, there, take, play, finished, come, make)
* If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff (if, you, take, give, want, on, see, make, need, finished, help, go, up, get, look)
* If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition (if, you, it, your, give, up, around, go, do all)
* Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan & Jan Berenstain (go, in, down, out, on, to, off, come, up)
* Let’s Go Visiting by Sue Williams (paperback) (go, what, you, play, no, more)
* Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch (I, want, play, like, down, through, turn, in, make, help, big, on)
* Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPike (little)
* Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson (my, little, not, help, you, big, me, come, no, not, her, she, over, that, where, go)
* More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman (play, with, me, can, on, by, no, not, eat, you, do, it, I, need, more, love, with, look, that, look, away)
* Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek (have, not, more, all, me, like, look, can, up, see, here, go, no, you)
* Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks (out, big, take, all, on, up)
* Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth (small, big, not, fast, want, like, help, yes, open, come, look, all)
* Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (why, you, in, not, it, what, on, I, this, around,
* Oh, No! By Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann (in, help, no, not, down, get, out, slow, on)
* Old MacDonald’s Funny Farm by Roxanne Lanczak Williams (small paperback) (no, not)
* One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root (board book) (down, by, in, help, who, can, to, no, all, we, out)
* Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward (over, in, on, where, through, by, up; includes facts about the creatures in the book)
* Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats (over, in, all, where, on, by, we)
* Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti (who) (fun flip down flaps)
* Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (I, will, go, in, want, see, it, do, like, this, where, will, you, here, not, out, why, put, me, can, look, all, more, on, make, up, there,
* Say Boo to the Animals! by Ian Whybrow (off, we, go, through, some, up, in, not, you, who, that, what, now, this, where, want, play)
* Say Hello to the Baby Animals by Ian Whybrow (this, go, want, hello, look, me, I can, see, you, love, in, love, who, go, here, down, goodbye)
* Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard (in, my, let, me, over, all, no, this, it, go, not)
* Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss – includes small character pics on Velcro inside front cover (up, on, look, you, I, can, do, it, more, on, me, not, stop, let, come, this, want, they, get, out)
* The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani (up, down, out, again, off, no, go, in, next to, me, stop, done)
* The Napping House by Audrey Wood (board book) (there, where, in, that, on, who, no)
* The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle (board book) (on, want, go, not, eat, on, in, who)
* The Wheels on the Bus: read-along sing-along trip to the zoo by Jeanne Willis (all, on, go, at, down, off, we)
* There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon by Jennifer Ward (there, old, with, why, I, off, not, down, on, it, after, over, this, done)
* Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson (fast, slow, hello, come, with, me, you, see, what, under)
* Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (put, on, in, big, down, look, stop, there, by, it, around, no, behind, all, yes, up, love, off, go) (very fun to read)
* Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt (put, this, want, let, out, why, not, like, no, what, can, you, stop, that, make, love, all, need, away, go) (hilarious to read…. I seriously lol every time)
* Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck (far, away, on, for, me, I, hello, see, you, goodbye, find)
* We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (board book) (we, go, on, big, not, no, through, over, under, that, get, open, up, in)
* We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (paperback) (we, go, on, big, not, no, through, over, under, that, get, open, up, in)
* We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzer (we, go, on, not, under, over, up, those, away, over, through, around, what, that, it)
* We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler (get, put, on, use, we, go, on, big, look, what, can, not, over, around, through, under, up, see, out, close,
* We’re Going on a Nature Hunt by Steve Metzer (we, go, on, what, look, not, in, to, down, up, through, over)
* What Will Grow by Jennifer Ward (what; also lots of great adjectives and includes facts about seeds)
* Where are You Going, Smitty Baby? by Meridith Smith (where, go, look, let, me, see, can, I, know, have)
* Who’s in My Garden by Phyllis Gershator (oversized board book) (who, see, between, across)
* With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck by David Friend (at, when, myself, make, in, with, my, that, yes, I, can, on, all, like, if)
* Worms for Lunch? by Leonid Gore (who, eat, not, me, like, love, more)


Updated 10/28/20:

Book Dash has several free online books that are great for targeting Core Vocabulary:
* Baby Babble (more, like, where, there)
* Bathtub Safari (look, turn, up, out)
* Hippo Wants to Dance (want, up, down, go, stop)
* I don’t want to go to sleep (no, want, go, more, need, drink)
* I want to! (want, eat, drink, play, go)
* No! (no, yes)
* That’s not Thabi! That’s a hippopotamus! (not, look, where)



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