Wordless picture books. Hmmmm. Seems counterintuitive, doesn't it, sitting down to read a book with no words?
A wordless picture book is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of developing literacy.
Sharing a wordless picture book with your child can be an amazing experience, filled with lots and lots of creativity, imagination, and vocabulary development. Why is this? Glad you asked!!
- Without words, your child is free to talk about and describe the illustrations. Using verbal communication is an essential component of literacy, and a wordless picture book encourages this experience to the fullest extent.
- You, the parent, can engage in communication with your child about the book. Ask lots of questions about each page of the story. Encourage your child to talk, talk, talk about what he or she is seeing!
- By studying the illustrations, your child will be able to notice details about the characters and setting he or she might have missed if words were present.
- Many, many wordless picture books are available for children and are appropriate for a variety of age levels; in fact, reading one with an older child will be just as engaging as reading one with a toddler.
Grab a wordless picture book today from your library and enjoy an incredibly unique bonding experience with your child!
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