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Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at wordless picture books and why they belong on every child’s bookshelf Wordless and almost wordless picture books rely exclusively on illustrations to tell a story or convey facts. Some wordless and almost wordless picture books have a small amount of text but most do not have any text at all. Wordless and almost wordless picture books encourage children to take an active role in telling a story. Typically,…

Latest Chris Raschka Treat is a Wordless Picturebook Delight: A Ball for Daisy

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Those of us who “know” picture books are very familiar with the wordless and almost wordless variety. I’m not convinced, however, that “non bookies” are aware of the genre or that they understand the important role a wordless picture book can play in early literacy. Wordless picture books “tell” a story using illustrations only. They encourage active participation and, as a result, are super for…

Wordless Picture Book Fun – Hocus Pocus

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Regular readers of Storytime Standouts will know that I am a fan of wordless and almost wordless picture books. When an adult shares a wordless picture book with a child, the adult loses the “reading advantage.” In a wordless picture book, there are almost no words to read. The story is told through the illustrations so both adult and child can partner to “read” the story and decide what it is all about. Wordless picture…

Special Wordless Picture Books to Enjoy with Your Child

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Wordless picture books are great for encouraging language development in young children. These books usually tell a story, clearly depicting a series of events. Before attempting to tell a ’story’, children should be encouraged to look through the entire book and get a sense of what is about to happen and how the story ends. Many children delight in the discovery that there are no words to ‘read.’ This can make for an exciting role reversal as…

Revisiting a Wordless Picture book Classic: Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I love to let parents and teachers know about wordless and almost wordless picture books. This little-known and under-utilized genre can play an important role in nurturing young readers. Children who spend time with wordless picture books learn to “read” the illustrations and are encouraged to “figure out” the storyline for themselves. Wordless picture books are also great for multilingual families – they can be…

Good Dog, Carl – Checking Out a Classic Wordless Picture Book

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at wordless picture book Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day Good Dog, Carl created by Alexandra Day Almost wordless picture book published by Simon and Schuster This immensely popular almost wordless picture book will be thoroughly enjoyed by dog lovers and young mischief makers. When mother goes out for awhile, she asks her pet rottweiler, named Carl, to look after the sleeping baby. Carl watches at the window as Mother…

Mirror by Jeannie Baker, an almost wordless picture book

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at an almost wordless picture book about families. One family lives in a village in Morocco and and the other lives in Sydney, Australia. Mirror created by Jeannie Baker Almost wordless picture book published by Candlewick Press Our page about Wordless and Almost Wordless Picture Books Designed to be read side by side, Mirror is essentially two picture books. Once the reader opens the cover, she discovers a wordless

Stimulating Language Development with Wordless Picture Books

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Chicken and Cat Clean Up written and illustrated by Sara Varon Wordless Picture Book published by Scholastic If you have not yet enjoyed a wordless picture book with your child(ren), I would like to introduce you to this genre. “Reading” wordless picture books together with your child stimulates language development because the “reader” takes an active part in telling the story. Once you and your child have “read” the story from beginning to…

Meet, Jack He’s a Wordless Picture Book Star

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at a wordless picture book series about a terrier named Jack Breakfast For Jack created by Pat Schories Wordless picture book (first in a series) published by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press Jack is an adorable orange and white terrier, brimming with personality. One busy morning, his family gets up, feeds the cat, eats breakfast and rushes off to school and work. Sadly, no one remembers to feed Jack. He…

Bluebird – Notable Wordless Picture Book Leaves Room for Discussion

Monday, January 6th, 2014

We have a special affection for wordless picture books and books that explore bullying themes. Bluebird does both. Check out our page about other Wordless and Almost Wordless Picture Books Bluebird created by Bob Staake Wordless picture book published by Random House Children’s Books A small bluebird flies through a city, past an apartment building and toward a school. The bird perches in a tree and watches as a young boy approaches the…

Wordless Picture Book Fun with Flora

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Flora the Flamingo created by Molly Idle Wordless Picture Book published by Chronicle Kids From my perspective, wordless picture books are an under-appreciated genre. “Readable” in any language (or multiple languages), they help children to develop comprehension skills and they can be used to prompt discussion and encourage language development. Last week, I had the pleasure to read two wordless picture books by Molly Idle. Floral…

Wordless Picture Book The Boys by Jeff Newman

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at Jeff Newman’s wordless picture book, The Boys The Boys created by Jeff Newman Almost Wordless Picture Book published by Simon and Schuster When a young lad moves houses with his family, he is anxious to find a baseball game in his new neighbourhood. He unpacks his baseball glove, bat and spikes and ventures out into the neighbourhood. Once he arrives at the park, he hesitates, watching some children from afar….

Wave – Wordless Picture Book

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at a wordless picture book by Suzy Lee: Wave Wave – created by Suzy Lee Wordless picture book published by Chronicle Books It hardly seems right to attempt to capture the infectious spirit and joy of Suzy Lee’s Wave with mere words but I shall try. When a young girl arrives at a beach, she is filled with enthusiasm and dashes forward, stopping just short of the beautiful, frothy blue water. She hesitates on…

Beaver is Lost – An Almost Wordless Picture Book

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at Elisha Cooper’s almost wordless picture book, Beaver is Lost Beaver is Lost created by Elisha Cooper An almost wordless picture book, published by Schwartz and Wade Books, an imprint of Random House When beaver floats away from his dam and his three friends, he soon finds himself surrounded by hardworking people and their enormous machines. The workers are loading lumber onto a truck. Beaver hops aboard a…

Truck by Donald Crews – an almost wordless picture book

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at an almost wordless picture book, Truck by Donald Crews Truck created by Donald Crews Almost wordless picture book published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers When my boys were young, books about trucks and other large vehicles were enormously popular with them. I don’t know how many times we read Truck Song by Diane Siebert and Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry….

The Red Scarf, Award Winning Wordless Picture Book

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The Red Scarf – created by Anne Villeneuve Almost Wordless Picture Book published by Tundra books Turpin’s day is altogether too gray until an imposing figure climbs into his taxicab. Turpin delivers the gentleman to his destination and shortly thereafter discovers a bright red scarf on the seat of the cab. Turpin chases after the mysterious man but is detained by a lizard on a unicycle. Once he explains his purpose, the lizard allows…

Wordless Picture Book Explores Friendship: South by Patrick McDonnell

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at an almost wordless picture book about friendship, South South created by Patrick McDonnell Almost wordless picture book published by Little, Brown The Mutts comic strip appears in over 700 newspapers and Mooch the Cat is one member of a diverse “cast” of characters appearing in the cartoons. Whether you are a fan of the comic strip or not, South and Mooch are sure to charm you in this gentle story of…

Chicken Thief – Wordless Picture Book Chase Fun

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at a wordless picture book with an unexpected twist, The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief created by Beatrice Rodriguez Wordless picture book published by Enchanted Lion Books Bear and Rabbit are just sitting down for a meal when one of their chicken friends is scooped up by Fox. Shocked at the brazenness of Fox’s thieving behavior, Bear, Rooster and Rabbit are outraged and are soon in hot pursuit. Before long,…

Zookeeper Wonders ‘Where’s Walrus?’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Where’s Walrus? – written and illustrated by Stephen Savage Wordless picture book published by Scholastic Well-crafted wordless picture books are terrific for young readers. They provide opportunities for children to ‘read’ the illustrations and retell the story. They are also super for multilingual families – a grandparent who does not speak English can enjoy the story-sharing experience in any language….

The Lion and the Mouse, An Award Winning Almost Wordless Picturebook

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Storytime Standouts looks at an award-winning almost wordless picturebook, The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney The Lion and the Mouse created by Jerry Pinkney Almost wordless picturebook published by Little, Brown Kids Be sure to check out our page devoted to wordless picture books. As well, you will be interested in our page about anti-bullying picture books for children. The story of the lion and the mouse is an Aesop’s fable that…

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