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Children's stories without words.

Why Use Wordless Books?

Wordless picture books focus attention on the act of interpretation and pose literacy as an act of composition.  Wordless picture books call for careful observation and invite children ... to really "get into books."

-- Jerome C. Harste, from the foreword to Using Wordless Picture Books (Tuten-Puckett and Richey, 1993)

Who uses wordless books?

  • Preschool teachers
  • Reading teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Teachers of English as a second language
  • Teachers of foreign languages

Benefits of wordless books:

  • allow children to use their own vocabulary
  • reveal how children pronounce words
  • encourge shy children to express themselves
  • apply book handling skills
  • learn to predict a sequence of events
  • and more in Catch a Falling Reader (Hebert, 2008) CML 372.4 H446c 2008


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This guide is based on previous work by Shonda Brisco and Lauren McCall, updated by Shannon Bowman.