Top Ten Wordless Picture Books by Kristen Remenar

Nerdy Book Club

If you want your kids to be good readers, why share wordless picture books? Isn’t reading all about letters and words?

Not exactly.

Reading is: to inspect and apprehend the meaning of writing or other signs or characters. (Thanks, dictionary.com!) So, reading a book means gaining meaning from words and from pictures.  Here are some key reading skills kids build when they read wordless books:

  1. Comprehension
  2. Print concepts (in English, we read top to bottom, left to right)
  3. Sequencing
  4. Inferring
  5. Predicting
  6. Vocabulary

How can a wordless book build a child’s vocabulary? Research led by professors Sandra Gilliam, Ph. D. and Lisa Boyce, Ph. D. from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University showed that mothers used more complex language when sharing a wordless book with their children than they did when they made comments while reading a book with words. (Utah State…

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