If you’ve set foot in any of the Alameda County Libraries this month you know that March is Art is Education Month . This year’s theme is “Tell Us Your Story.”
Have fun with this idea by checking out Wordless Picture Books!
The best kind have intriguing illustrations that allow readers to tell tales in their own words, as they see images unfold. We’ve had a lot of fun at our house with wordless picture books, as each time stories change and evolve depending on the “teller” of the story. I tell a story one way to my toddler, and her father will interpret the same images in a totally different way.
If you have a child who is in preschool or younger this activity fosters observation as well as, narrative skills, and talking, which is a valuable pre-reading ability.
Below is a sampling of books that I’ve come across while working here at Fremont Main Children’s Room:
Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper
4 words is all you need to tell a story of beaver finding his way home. Cooper’s watercolor and pencil drawings will fill in the blanks.
Bluebird by Bob Staake
Drawn in a manner similar to cartoon storyboards, this exploration on friendship may be more accessible to school age kids.
Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka
Another cheater on the list, as there are 4 words, 5 if you count the dog barking. Raschka’s follow up to A Ball for Daisy is a sweet tale of being lost and found.
The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert
To be honest the only reason this caught my eye is because my kid loves blowing seeds off dandelion puffs. This book will probably be more interesting to older children who can make astute observations on how a tiny pig community bands together for survival.
Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Reminiscient of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, a little girl gets sent to bed early and embarks on evening adventures with her stuffed bear.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
My favorite version of Aesop’s fable! This book actually does have a few words, most of which are animal sounds. So I’m letting it slide. Pinkney won a Caldecott Award for his rich illustrations. Check it out and see why!
Red Hat by Lita Judge
Another book with words in the form of animal sounds, but story tellers will laugh at the rag tag group of baby animals and a child’s solution to their hijinks.
Time Flies by Eric Rohman
A Caldecott Honor Award winner. A modern day bird journeys through time and visits ancient dinosaurs.
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Simply and beautifully told through the eyes of a young girl as she chooses to help a runaway slave.
And there are so many more! Do you have any favorites I missed? List them in the comments below!