April 27 was National Tell a Story Day. Some children need no urging to make up a story, while others are a little more reserved and might need some prompting. One way to help is to use wordless picture books. It’s easy to look at a book with no words, just pictures, and think that it is too simple for your child and will not help to advance her reading level. However, this is not the case. Not only are these books filled with beautiful illustrations, but they also can help advance a child’s creativity and storytelling capabilities.
Check out one or two (or 10, if you’re me) of these books next time you visit the library and have your child go through the book, making up the story on his own about what is happening in the illustrations. Children can go at their own pace and the stories can be as serious or silly as they want them to be. The best part about these types of books is that the story can change every time! Often the illustrations are very detailed and offer something new to see each time you read the story, allowing for the story to change very easily. Continue reading