Do you ever feel lost when it comes to how to read a wordless book?

I’m convinced that some of the very best picture books being published today are wordless. They invite us to slow down, predict what will come next, make connections, and linger over a good story, well-told.

Today I’m excited to share some of the best ones with you, as well as a simple guide for how to read them.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why wordless books are worth our time
  • how to read a wordless books (with tips for what to say as you turn the pages)
  • just a few favorites 😉

I also answer a question about how to handle vocabulary when homeschooling, and if listening to books and reading are enough on their own. (Spoiler: ✔️)

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Time stamps:

2:46Wonderful wordless books!
4:35Get the guide
5:23Q&A: Handling vocabulary in your homeschool?
9:29Can you read a wordless book?
11:32But WHY wordless books?
15:22An invitation to slow down
16:26Confidence builders!
18:57How to read wordless books …
26:56‘Hike’ and the wonderful Jerry Pinkney …
28:25Barbara Lehman’s gorgeous books …
29:36Let the Kids Speak

Quote to remember:

“The best picture books tell half of the story in the illustrations. You’re missing a lot if you don’t linger over those pictures. And a wordless book invites us to linger… because there’s nothing else to do!”

Sarah Mackenzie

Books mentioned in this episode:

Good Night, Gorilla
Pancakes for Breakfast
The Lion & the Mouse
Have You Seen My Duckling?
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
Peter Spier’s Rain
Noah’s Ark
Wolf in the Snow
Red Sled
Anno’s Journey
Journey (Aaron Becker’s Wordless Trilogy)
The Snowman
Spot, the Cat
Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
Good Dog, Carl
The Adventures of Polo: A Picture Book
Flora and the Flamingo (Flora and Her Feathered Friends-books)
The Red Book (Caldecott Honor Book)
Night Out
That Neighbor Kid
A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal – Winner Title(s))
The Typewriter
Museum Trip
Red Again
Snowman’s Story
Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home
One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey
I Walk with Vanessa
The Fisherman and the Whale

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