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Try reading a wordless book to your children

Today during our literacy focused curriculum meeting today we talked about wordless books and how they allow children to project their own imaginations on a story. Here are some key reading skills kids build when they read wordless books:

  1. Comprehension
  2. Print concepts (in English, we read top to bottom, left to right)
  3. Sequencing
  4. Inferring
  5. Predicting
  6. Vocabulary

How can a wordless book build a child’s vocabulary? Research led by professors Sandra Gilliam, Ph. D. and Lisa Boyce, Ph. D. from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University showed that mothers used more complex language when sharing a wordless book with their children than they did when they made comments while reading a book with words. (Utah State University Study Shows Parents Are More Engaged With Their Children When Reading Books Without Text June 07, 2011, retrieved June 15, 2012)

And of course, they draw us into a world where even those who struggle with letter recognition can successfully read a fantastic story.  Here are some of my favorites

The Tree House by Marije Tolman

Home by Jeannie Baker

Shadow by Suzy Lee

Robert Dreams by Sara Varon

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Chalk by Bill Tomson

Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Wonder Bear by Barbara Lehman

Wave by Suzy Lee

Pool by Jihyeon Lee

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

Tuesday by David Weisner

Sector 7 by David Weisner

Quest by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

Flora the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Bluebird by Bob Staake

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pickney

Ice by Arthur Geisert