One of my favorite ways to “read” with children is with wordless picture books. You may ask, ‘how do you read a wordless picture book’? And that’s the beauty of it, because the telling of the story is up to the readers. The parent can be narrating the story or the child may be narrating the story… or even better, you can be narrating it together. This leaves the text open for interpretation and the wording can be different each time you read the book. Wordless picture books are open ended. And they are even more open for discussion.

A wonderful example of a wordless picture book is The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. This is a retelling of the Aesop’s Fable, “The Lion and the Mouse” a story of a mouse who accidentally disturbs a lion from his rest, and the lion who makes a life-changing decision to release his prey. The mouse later remembers her debt and frees the lion from a poacher’s trap.

This is a book that’s perfect for 4-5 year olds who are learning about strength, determination and hard work. A child at this age is able to see that both the lion and the mouse are strong in their own ways just as seemingly different individuals may have similar strengths. Through the use of these beautiful pictures the reader’s imagination drives the narrative.

I think you will really enjoy the following list of wordless picture books. I have indicated ages I feel would most enjoy each of the books. Have fun! I would love to hear about your experiences…

Age                              Book

2-3                        Wave by Suzy Lee

3-4                        Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie De Paloma

4-5                         Deep in the Forest by Brinton Turkle

5-6                        Tuesday by David Wiesner

6-8                        Flotsam by David Weiner

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