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13 May 2010

Literacy Tip #4 - Wordless Picture Books Are Wonderful!


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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!

**Have you experienced a wordless picture book with your child? If so, please share in the comments section!! What about literacy experiences in general? Share, share, share, please!!**




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7 comments:

JMN said...

I love this! Kids have no imagination anymore! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie
www.jonathanandmelanie.blogspot.com

Nina said...

thanks for your comment over at my blog, its so nice to know others think the same.

i don't have much luck with no word picture books. I got one from eric carle called I see a song and my son and I both just stared at it...I mean he will talk endlessly when there are words about the pictures but no words, we were stumped. I'm not sure why...I really like the ones with fewer words but very detailed pictures anno's counting book comes to mind. gives us tons to talk about. weird, that.

Jamie said...

Ha. I didn't even know wordless picture books existed. I'll have to try and find some. My 18 month LOVES to read. He will spend 10 minutes looking through a book that has no pictures at all. :) It's really sweet.

Thanks for stopping by and making my SITS day so awesome!

Carole Anne Carr said...

As an old infant teacher - 5-7's - I couldn't agree with you more!

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