Wordless picture books can be a wonderful way to encourage students to understand characters and imagine and tell whole stories. Below is a list of several wordless books available in the local libraries. Select one or two and:
- Show the entire story to students.
- Discuss with them what the story seems to be about. Who are the characters? What are they doing? What’s a problem they might be having in the story? How do they make things better?
- Go back through the story slowly, encouraging students to help tell the story and talk like the characters.
- Alligator’s Toothache by Diane de Groat: An alligator with a toothache is afraid of the dentist.
- A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer: A boy’s unsuccessful attempts to catch a frog.
- Frog, Where are You? by Mercer Mayer: A boy and his dog search for an escaped pet frog.
- Do You Want to be My Friend by Eric Carle: A mouse searches everywhere for a friend.
- The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee: A farmer rescues a baby clown who’s bounced off the circus train, and reunites him with his clown family.