Have you used wordless books with your child? If not, this might be a great time to give them a try! At first glance you may think, "How do I read this? There are no words! How do I figure out what's going on? And how do I put that into a story for my child?"
When you read a book with words you can stop every few pages to ask your child about the story ("Do you think he will find his way home? What color do you think she'll decide to paint her playhouse? Why do you think the puppy was so sad?", etc.). Oftentimes, however, we may just breeze through the story, with little time spent talking about the book with our child. The great thing about wordless books is that they give you an opportunity to engage in extended conversations with your child. Every page offers the chance to look at the pictures together, point out interesting things you see, talk about what is happening, ask questions about things that are unclear, make predictions about what may happen, etc.
Below are some of my favorite wordless books, all of which are available at the Bellevue Public Library:
I Got It! by David Wiesner
Bee & Me by Alison Jay
Spot, The Cat by Henry Cole
Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage
Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley
Bluebird by Bob Staake
Chalk by Bill Thomson
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman
Time Flies by Eric Rohmann
To search the library's catalog use the subject search term "Stories Without Words".
Would you like more suggestions on how to "read" wordless books?
Here is a great article from childrens-books-and-reading.com