Wordless picture books are some of our favorites around here. Taking a little extra time on each page to study the beautiful illustrations and let your imagination run is a great way to switch up reading for teachers and students.
Two of my favorite wordless picture books are Wolf In The Snow by Matthew Cordell. A book about a young child and wolf pup that both become lost in a winter storm, but eventually are led home with the help of each other and their families. Also, A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka which is a fun, light-hearted book about a dog named Daisy and her adventures of finding the perfect ball.
What are some ways to read these books?
A simple silent reading. Sit back, flip pages, and let the students figure out the storyline by looking at the pictures. Turn it into a writing activity by having them write out the story afterward.
Use your own narration as you flip through the book. Explain what’s happening, point out fun details, and become the storyteller.
Turn on fun music that goes well with each story.
Have different students explain what is happening on each new page of the book based on the illustrations.
Make up a song that goes along with each page for the students to sing while you read.
It’s fun to watch how the same story can change the storyline just a bit with each new way it is read. Different interpretations and different emotions can come out based on different perspectives. Books with no words can be magic because of this.
How do you use wordless books in your classroom? What are some favorite ways you’ve used them?