Many parents are surprised to discover wordless picture books. After all, aren’t the words the point? And, indeed, it is important to expose your child to plenty of words and letters (including using books to draw kids’ attention to print).
But pictures-only storybooks also have their own unique benefits, from sparking imagination and encouraging interaction to allowing near-readers to focus on a story without worrying about text. They give early or struggling readers the opportunity to enjoy books independently without the pressure of decoding. Including them as a part of your collection lets your child luxuriate in the joy of story.
Plus, imagining a story together from pictures also naturally promotes an interactive story time, which is tremendously beneficial for kids (and, incidentally, for parents). For best effect, alternate narrating wordless books to your child and inviting them to tell their own versions. Want some help getting started? This guided reading activity demonstrates how to use wordless picture books with your child.
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