I have heard children exclaim with surprise, “There are no words in this book! How am I supposed to read it?” Ahh, the gift of a wordless picture book is that anyone can read it and everyone will “read” a different story! Plus, a child just learning to read can “read” a whole wordless picture book by himself! Imagine how reading through whole books will build confidence for a little one. Try reading a wordless picture book together at first and model for your child how to tell the story. Read it again, and again. You will soon see your child pick it up and “read” it alone. “Reading” a wordless picture book will also reinforce important book skills, such as holding a book the correct way, turning the pages carefully, and starting at the front of the book and continuing through the pages to the back of the book. Modeling these skills will build literacy knowledge for your child and help to prepare her for reading.
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Wordless Picture books for Young Children and Up
Check out these great wordless or almost wordless picture books appropriate for young readers!
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day (and other Carl books)
Wordless Picture Books for Middle Grade Readers and Up
Other wordless picture books are great for elementary aged children. These are fun to “read,” can be used to expand imagination, encourage reluctant readers, and some are excellent “story starters” for students who enjoy creative writing. Some books will even take readers on an adventure to new lands!
Check out these great wordless or almost wordless picture books, appropriate for older readers:
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg (and others by the same author)
Flotsam, by David Wiesner (and others by the same author)
Usually these wordless pictures books are shelved in a library or bookstore with other picture books and are not in their own special section. If you want more than these, try searching using the keyword phrase: “Wordless Picture Books.”