When I was small, my aunt gave me two books that I just loved — they were wordless picture books. I would look through them again and again, making up the story as I went along.
As one of the first steps towards reading, wordless picture books reveal an entire story through the illustrations. As children “read” the stories, they verbalize what they see happening, creating a beginning, middle, and ending to the book.
While I’m not sure what happened to my books over the years, and I haven’t found them in print anywhere, there are other wordless picture books that your children can enjoy:
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
A band of animals travels by train to the zoo.
The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers
After a small boy enters an empty theater, he goes on a time-traveling adventure.
Carl’s Masquerade by Alexandra Day
Carl the dog takes the baby to a masquerade party.
Clown by Quentin Blake
After a small toy clown gets put in the garage, he tries to find a new home.
Flotsam by David Wiesner
A small boy finds a camera on the beach and discovers what happens when it becomes a piece of flotsam.
Tuesday by David Wiesner
When the sun goes down Tuesday night, the frogs begin to fly.
Jack and the Night Visitors by Pat Schories
A young boy and his dog meet some tiny visitors from space.
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
A boy and his dog try to work at catching a frog.
Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri
A mother duck searches for her one missing duckling around the pond.
Amanda and the Mysterious Carpet by Fernando Krahn
Amanda gets whisked away on a new carpet and takes a wild ride.
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
Photo by San Jose Library