The Wonder of Wordless Books

One of my favorite tools to use with little ones at the library was wordless books.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of these with your child, hurry up and do so.  Wordless books tell a story with pictures rather than words. They let your child come up with his own story.  The pictures are usually vivid and detailed, which helps with focus and concentration.  When there are no words to go with the pictures, your child is more likely to notice details.  Your child gets a better understanding of plot when she has to visually see the beginning, middle, and end of the story.    The possibilities for imagination are endless.  I used In the Woods by Ermanna Cristini and Luigi Puricelli for a tween writing class one year.  I had each child write a story based on the book.  The stories were so fun to compare and contrast when we were done.

There are so many ways to utilize these amazing books for learning.  For toddlers, wordless books can be used as a precursor to reading.  For preschoolers, they can encourage higher thinking by providing opportunity for open-ended questions.  (What if cats could fly?)  They can learn to recognize emotion through body language and facial expression.  They can begin to express themselves through their own story-telling.  For older kids, wordless books are a lead-in to creative writing.

But the best part of wordless books is sitting down and looking at them with your littles.  Cuddling up and taking in everything on the page.  Listening to your little one describe what’s happening in each scene and getting a glimpse into how his mind distills information and incorporates it into thought.  Soaking up the personality that has you melting almost every moment but particularly when she is using that amazing little mind.

So hurry up.  Go get one.

A few books I recommend: Tuesday by David Wiesner, Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman, and Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan.

Let me know what you think of wordless books.  I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Love wins,



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thehomeschoolmomblog
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 00:19:06

    Our favorite wordless books used to be the “Carl” series by Alexandra Day; “Flotsam” by David Weisner; and many others. These were great for helping children develop their own sense of imagination, understand communication of a story, and articulation. Plus, it was fun!

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  2. Michelle L Morgan
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 20:51:13

    Sounds wonderful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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