I really love reading wordless picture books, especially with children. Children love them and it really sparks their imagination while giving them a break from reading. Here are a few benefits to reading wordless picture books.
Some Benefits to reading Wordless Picture Books
- helps the reader gain an understanding of story structure
- develops new vocabulary
- aids in creative writing expression
- increases vocabulary skills
- inspires storytelling
- helps struggling readers gain confidence
- helps teach sequencing and narration
In this post I will highlight five wordless picture books that we read this week. You can read my reviews for each one below.
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Chalk by Bill Thomson is a story about three little girls out and about on a rainy day. They stumble upon a T-rex in a large paved area. The T-rex has a bag in his mouth and the children soon discover that the bag contains an assortment of colored chalk. They decide to draw pictures on the pavement and their drawn pictures begin to come alive! Each child creates their own art on the pavement until another little boy shows up. He decides to draw a gigantic T-rex. Follow along in the story to see if the children can figure out what to do with this giant creation!
The book illustrations appear animated while the children have lifelike features. The illustrations have the characteristics of creation by digital computer equipment, but they’re not. Bill Thomson used painting techniques and each illustration is created by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.
Hank Finds An Egg by Rebecca Dudley
Hank is strolling along the forest floor when he comes upon a little white egg. He’s very curious and begins searching for where the egg came from. After finding that the egg’s home is high in a tree, he must get creative to return the egg to it’s nest. Will Hank succeed?
I was thoroughly impressed with the illustrations. Each page is a diorama of handmade creations. Rebecca Dudley creates every single item with precise detail. This is one of my favorite wordless picture books this year.
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Spot, the Cat, is about to embark on an outdoor adventure when he suddenly leaps out his apartment window and into the world. Each page takes the reader on a exploration of the city and Spot is located on each page if you only look. Follow Spot’s journey through a farmer’s market, across a bridge, through a park and beyond as he weaves through the city. Spot’s owner is worried. Will he ever return?
This is very similar to a Look and Find book in that you have to search for Spot on each page. All the illustrations are black and white and Spot is somewhere new each time. Children will spend a little time finding him as some pages are more difficult than others with trick illustrations added in. It’s a great book for conversation and children love it. I think it’s great for parent-child reading.
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd is a wordless picture book highlighting a journey through the dark. A child has his flashlight and will make new discoveries in the dark while camping in the forest. There’s a lot to discover in nature if you’ll only take the time to look.
We enjoyed the dark illustrations with the hidden objects in the stream of the light beam. The boy finds all sorts of night-time creatures, plants, trees, insects and streams which offers insight to everything that’s going on in the dark of night. Children will learn that nighttime offers the opportunity to discover nocturnal creatures while getting a calm feel of nature. This is a perfect bedtime book.
Free Fall by David Wiesner
In Free Fall, a boy falls asleep with his book in his hands. He begins to dream about a faraway adventure while discovering new people, places, castles, creatures, and objects. As his dream begins to end, he’s quickly transported back to the safety of his room.
We loved the detailed illustrations. The author created a very imaginative story for children to enjoy. At times it reminded me of Gulliver’s Travels. If you really look hard, you’ll see that the original map from the book he’s holding can be found somewhere on every page.
This is an older picture book from 1988, but it stays at the top of our favorites for 2017.
I hope you enjoyed learning about a few of our favorite wordless picture books this week. Please check back next Wednesday for a few more! If you have any suggestions, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you!