Great Books SLPs will Love to Read: Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Great Books SLPs will Love to Read: Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Are you looking for a great book for your classroom?  Mo Willems writes amazing books, and Leonardo the Terrible Monster’ is no exception! On the surface, the story is about a monster who is different. He doesn’t do what is expected. Leonardo the Terrible Monster is a great book SLPs will love to read.

Ideas for how to use 'Leonardo the Terrible Monster' in speech therapy.

How to Use this Book?


  • Discuss what is expected of monsters (scaring people) and why Leonardo was different.
  • What did Sam do when Leonardo tried to scare him?
  • What did Leonardo think happened?
  • Was his perspective correct?
  • What did Sam say he was crying about?

Answering How & Why Questions

  • Why was Tony scary?
  • Why was Eleanor scary?
  • Why was Hector scary?
  • How did Leonardo try to scare Sam?
  • Why did Leonardo think he succeeded in scaring Sam?
  • How did Leonardo decide to change?
  • Was this a change for the better or a change for the worse? Why?

Mo Willems writes great books that SLPs will love to read!


  • First, retell the story with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Then, summarize a whole page of Sam’s complaints in one sentence.

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