Reading, Without Saying A Word.

I was browsing through the other day and paused for a moment on the question, “Can a book without words help your child learn to read”?

They say yes, and I do, too. I’ve seen it in action.

The Scholastic article I was reading gave 3 reasons why wordless books can help your child learn to read:

  • They help visual thinkers play to their strengths
  • They incorporate context clues
  • They welcome retelling

Speech therapist, Jessica Jamicich, shared her top 10 reasons why she loves wordless books for kids:

  • It’s reading before reading
  • It increases vocabulary
  • It works on inferencing
  • It works on predicting
  • It introduces story structure
  • It promotes creativity
  • It helps with story retell
  • It can help with written language
  • It encourages higher level thinking skills
  • Wordless books are fun

My number one reason for using a wordless book when working with a pre-reading reader? Joyful empowerment. Once they no longer have to work on decoding, they are able to feel this way. And, this short-term boost helps their overall long-term confidence.

My favorite wordless picture books include…

A Ball for Daisy (Chris Raschka)
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog (Mercer and Marianna Mayer)
Chalk (Bill Thomson)
Flashlight (Lizi Boyd)
Flotsam (David Wiesner)
Good Dog, Carl (Alexandra Day)
Hank Finds an Egg (Rebecca Dudley)
Journey (Aaron Becker)
The Lion and The Mouse (Jerry Pinkney)
Sector 7 (David Wiesner)
Tuesday (David Wiesner)

This year I’m going to write down the stories that my Kindergarten kids tell me while they are reading a wordless book to me. I’ll then turn their stories into books for them.

Turning pre-readers into authors — now that’s empowering!