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How to read a wordless picture book
Sharing wordless books is a terrific way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, comprehension — and an increased awareness of how stories are "built," as the storyteller often uses a beginning, middle, end format.
For a book with few words, you will be surprised at all the talking you will do, and all the fun you'll have!
Below are a few tips for sharing wordless picture books with a child:
- One of the wonderful benefits of using wordless books is how each child creates his own story (or stories!) from the same pictures.
- Spend time looking at the cover and talking about the book's title. Based on those two things, make a few predictions about the story. What do you think might happen in this book?
- Take a "picture walk" through the pages of the book. Enjoy the illustrations, which are often rich with detail. Look carefully at the expressions on characters' faces, the setting and the use of colour. Talk to each other about what you see. These conversations will enrich the storytelling.
- Enjoy the pictures and point out a few things, but don't worry too much about telling a story yet. Just enjoy the pictures and get a sense of what the book is about.
- Go back through the book a second time and get ready for some great storytelling! Consider going first and acting as a model for your child. Have characters use different voices, add sound effects and use interesting words in your version of the book.
- Encourage your child to read you the book with their own story. Focus on the words your child uses when they tell the story. Help your child expand sentences or thoughts by encouraging them to add information from the illustration's details. One way to encourage more details is by asking questions: Who? Where? When? Why?
- Finish your wordless book sharing by asking a few simple questions: What pictures helped you tell the story? What was your favourite part of your story? Did you enjoy this story? Would you like to read this story? Who do you know that might enjoy this story too?