Freebie Friday: Literacy for Nonreaders

Categories: Language Arts | Resources

Happy Friday all! Today’s freebie is one of those ones that’s available today only! So don’t miss out! I just uploaded this book to my TpT store – it is one of my favorite adapted books and I’m excited to share it with you all – for free today only- do you get it? it’s free? so you should download it :).

My first few years of teaching I struggled to create literacy activities that could engage all of my students. I think literacy is so important but I struggled to think of ways for my students who are nonverbal and nonreaders to participate. Adapted books to the rescue! Now when I say I have tons of adapted books, that may even be an under statement. I think I still have blisters on my hands from cutting out all the laminated pictures years ago.

Basically an adapted book has small velcro pictures to match within the story. You can make any book an adapted book or make your own! This has worked great with my kids because they have something to do (match the picture) while listening to a story. It’s more hands on and the expectations are clear. Sometimes I think our kids don’t know what to do while listening to a story – do I look, do I sit, do I move my hands? Having the match-the-picture option gives a concrete task to be done.

To start on this adapted book quest – I downloaded as many free adapted books as I can online. Boardmaker share and News-2-you are great resources.

I then adapted some books we already loved. You can scan the book pages and create small images. Print, laminate, velcro, and you’re ready to go! Here is my Very Busy Spider adapted book:

I then got a little crazy making my own books. I love being able to make books about topics my kids are interested in! Talk about motivating! We have books about dinosaurs, race cars, princesses, and (hate to admit it) a lot of books about food. Pizza Hut, Taco, McDonalds – you name it – we probably have a book for it. I know, I know, I know – I hate to encourage all this unhealthy eating … but if it’s going to motivate reading….

We’ve done kid-made books, where they color in the pages or draw their own – which always turn out super cute:

And seasonal books…

Pretty much you can take any book and add some clip art pictures…

Okay, you’re probably wondering where the freebie is? So this book is called What? How Many? What Color? and is used to work on identifying objects, building vocabulary, counting, and color identification. You match the correct answer to each of those questions for 10 different groups of items.

Here is video tutorial of how to use and set up the book:

Click on the pic below to get the freebie! Today only! Enjoy 🙂


Almost forgot! I made a choice board for my books! I made a PECS picture for each book, put strips of hard velcro on cardboard, and laminated a sentence strip. Then students can request what book they want!




  1. Thanks for the freebie! Just downloaded it 🙂 I find it kinda funny – you and I do velcro opposite. I always put the hard side on the pieces and the soft Velcro on the pages (or whatever surface you use) so that if you rub the page you’ll feel the soft side instead of the rough part! I’ve always wonder if there is some “right” way to do it though 🙂

  2. Omigosh that is funny! I don’t even know why I started doing it that way when I think about it! Not sure if there is a right way. Maybe whatever you start doing is right so you don’t have to go back and switch everything… because taking off sticky velcro is a pain! Glad you liked the freebie 🙂

  3. OMG thank you so much! I have an interview next week and I currently teach pupils with ASD and this is just perfect! I’ll be watching this space!

    I personally use the ‘hard’ velcro on the book or surface and the symbol in your hand is the ‘soft’ velcro. I inherited it from the previous teacher but it also ‘matches’ the PECS books.

  4. That must be why I do it that way – I knew there was a reason! Haha! The PECS system is hard velcro on the book/surface and soft for the pictures – so that totally makes sense!

    Thanks for reading Cat 🙂 Good luck with your interview

  5. I am obsessed with your blog. Thanks for all the amazing ideas and the great printables that you have shared! I am also an ABA teacher and I love connecting with people to share resources. I recently made this Pete the Cat book that is in line with all of your awesome ideas for adapted books. Please check it out and share it with anyone you think might be able to use it. It’s free 🙂

  6. Thank you SO much! Thanks also for sharing the book – super cute! What a great freebie 🙂

  7. Our velcro rule is the hooks on the symbols and the loops/soft stuff on whatever you’re trying to stick it to – that way you can also use the symbols on felt boards!

    Great ideas for the book though. I hadn’t thought to to the extra page with binding instead of just folding it over!

  8. I have heard of people doing it that way! Too each their own! It’s just important to pick one way and then stick to it!

  9. I was just wondering, doyou have the restaurant, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and McDonald’s books posted anywhere to download? I would to be able to purchase them.

  10. I always put the scratchy side of the Velcro on the item to be manipulated (ie picture icon) so that, if I want or need to, it can be put on a flannel board.

  11. Hi Sasha I noticed your freebies were posted a while ago however I would like to know if you will be having another freebie event.


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