Children love to tell tales, both of their own true experiences and those they have created. Often before a child can read print, you will see a child “reading” a book, ignoring the text, but using the illustrations as inspiration for a story he fashions as he turns the pages. In doing this, the child will learn to use illustrations as guides and will later be able to use this skill to help him in figuring out difficult words on a page and understanding more complex texts. Listening to a child “read” a book in this manner is a great way to build an early reader’s confidence and narrative skills. You can encourage your child to look closely at illustrations by providing her books without words. Try a few of our favorites:
- “A Ball for Daisy” by Christopher Raschka
- “Tuesday” by David Wiessner
- “Chalk” by Bill Thomson
- “The Chicken Thief” by Beatrice Rodriguez
Interested in more stories without words? Check out some of these.