I’ll be honest. I was never a huge fan of wordless picture books as a teacher and I’m not really sure why. Perhaps it was because I was too concerned with the “nuts and bolts” of teaching reading?
But now that I have a young child, I see the amazing benefits that a wordless book provides! “Using picture clues” is an important comprehension strategy that often gets overlooked in our quest to teach other, seemingly “more-important”, strategies. But it’s a great way for a young child to begin comprehending what he/she is seeing.
Wordless picture books are also a great way for children to begin understanding basic story structure. They can tell the story by describing the pictures and what is happening on each page. Afterwards, your child should be able to loosely describe what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the book (sequencing).
Finally, wordless picture books increase a child’s vocabulary by encouraging the use of words they might not otherwise use. They also promote creativity and imagination by allowing a child to “embellish” the story however he/she wants to!