First published May 2011. Updated 2019.
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 how to teach a child to read? But now that I have a young child, I see the amazing benefits of wordless books! Read on to find out 3 reasons I recommend wordless picture books for early readers.
Benefits of Wordless Picture Books
1. Picture Clues
“Using picture clues” is an important reading 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.
2. Teach Basic Story Structure
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).
3. Increase Word Vocabulary
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!
Wordless picture books worth checking out:
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman
Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
The Red Book (Caldecott Honor Book) by Barbara Lehman
Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
Non Fiction Wordless Picture Books
Most wordless books are fiction picture books, but these ones below are nonfiction wordless picture books.
If you are interested in learning about more tried-and-true strategies for teaching your child to read, check out my eBook I Can Teach My Child to Read.
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