Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wordless books for children

This post was written a few months ago, but it's still as true now as it was then.

Ok I think it's common knowledge that I love to read. My favorite genre would definitely be YA, but children's books have been edging closer and closer with each trip to the library.

Our latest obsession? Wordless books. It's not just the pretty pictures, but it's amazing how powerful a story can be told with just images. Let me share a few with you that we have come to love:


Bill Thomson is a story-telling, beautiful picture making genius. Chalk is filled with magic as children's chalk drawings come to life and the adventure (and mishap) it puts them in. The clever twist is that the children come up with a solution to get out of their predicament. I love that empowerment.

We were first introduced to this book a month or two ago, but we recently checked it out again with another book Thomson produced called Fossil. This one is just as fun with fossils coming to life and the faces (in both books) are just so endearing. It helps that he just knows how to make boys' faces so mischievous - something I know all too well.

Other wordless picture books well worth look into:

Flotsam by David Wiesner
Un*brella by David Franson (a BYU-Idaho faculty member)
Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (a classic! Who can forget the beautiful music that goes with it?)

There are many others, but those are the ones we love. I also found this interesting article over at Smart Speech Therapy about the value of wordless books. It has some prompts for reading with children and regardless of whether your child needs/is in speech therapy, this is a great resource. Here is a great Pinterest board of other wordless books. Happy reading!

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