Stories Without Words
Published on Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 9:49am
I adore picture books filled with wonderful, strange, and exciting new words. However, the wordless picture book can be just as delightful. Stories without words are perfect for children of all ages; they encourage imaginative storytelling and can be used to prompt creative writing with older readers, but also serve to help young children develop an understanding of story structure, build vocabulary, and teach basic visual literacy skills. To an adult, wordless picture books may at first seem overly simplistic, but they are actually great fun for everyone -- adults included!
Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan and Flotsam by David Wiesner involve adventures on the seashore. Each has a different narrative, but both stories end on a note of possibility. The final page may have turned, but the story might not be over quite yet -- so, keep an eye out for sandcastles and old cameras next time you visit the beach!
Bill Thomson’s Chalk and Suzy Lee’s Shadow look quite different: Chalk’s pages are filled with colorful, photorealistic art so painstakingly detailed that it looks almost computer-generated, while Suzy Lee has created a world of light and shadow in charcoal and pencil drawings. Both stories demonstrate the magic of imagination, and encourage the same level of creative thinking in their readers.
These are just a few of the library’s many marvelous wordless picture books you can explore with (or without) your child. Why not stop by and check one out today?