Wordless books use pictures rather than words to tell a story. Books with a single word, phrase or label may still be considered wordless. Most young children are very interested in the pictures, which help tell the story. Wordless books allow the reader to make up dialogue to explain what is happening in the picture.
Wordless books range from very simple to quite complex. The simplest wordless books allow very young children to point and explain what they see without having to read words.
Using words to describe what is happening in the pictures is called a “book walk”. Book walks allow children to use language, notice visual details, sequence events and enjoy the story all without having to read in the traditional sense. Books with more elaborate storylines usually have more visual detail, which is appealing to older children and adults. This range of complexity makes wordless books appealing for many ages.
In addition to offering wonderful stories, wordless books also can be useful for children who are not yet reading, are learning to read, those with limited English, the hearing impaired as well as older children with reading challenges. Visit the Go Reader Go for recommended wordless books.