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All About Wordless Picture Books!

What is a wordless picture book?

Exactly as it sounds, a wordless picture book relies on illustrations to draw readers into the story.

How do you read a wordless picture book with your children?

Wordless picture books encourage you to read with your child, not just to them. When given the opportunity, a child will discover a story in a book’s pictures that is super imaginative. The story they make up does not have to make sense! Each book is a blank slate when it is read by a child. Wordless picture books allow you to read the same book over and over without exhausting the plot; it is always something new!

What are the benefits of wordless picture books?

They help to develop vocabulary and language skills. Children label objects in the pictures, assign sounds and gestures to the objects, and invent a simple plot story. Wordless picture books also help develop creativity and storytelling skills. Kids learn to devise storylines, understand sequencing of events, and develop oral skills.

This sounds great! Could you give me a few examples of wordless picture books?

  • Pancakes for Breakfast (E DEP)
  • Red Sled (E JUD)
  • Hank Finds an Egg (E DUD)
  • Truck (E CHE)
  • Chalk (E THO)
  • Rainstorm (E LEH)

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Six Super Cool Adventure Novels

The Name of this Book is Secret
By: Pseudonymous Bosch
The Name of this Book is Secret

A Week in the Woods
By: Andrew Clements
A Week in the Woods

By: Gary Paulson

Artemis Fowl
By: Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl

The Sea of Trolls
By: Nancy Farmer
The Sea of Trolls

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone
By: J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

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