I am always pleased when I uncover new wordless (or nearly wordless) titles to share with my students. These books are ideal for allowing us to sit back and let our imagination follow the author/illustrator to wonderful places. I use wordless books to build storytelling skills, enhance visual literacy, practice inferring and asking questions and for amazing oral language opportunities.
This post elaborates on why I think wordless books are so important in the classroom and how I use them.
Here are a handful of words about some new wordless favourites:
The Night Riders by Matt Furie
An adventure with real and fantastical nocturnal creatures. Oh what can happen by the light of the moon!
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Making a friend, being both graceful and wonderfully clumsy. Perfectly not perfect.
Red Hat by Lita Judge What can we get up to with a knitted red hat? Playful. Full of joy.
Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert Chase a storm through farm country and notice every little detail. Brilliant.
Kitty and Dino and Sara Richard What happens when the new pet is a dinosaur who has come to share the house with Kitty (who is really having none of it)? Wild antics.
Bear Despair by Gaetan Doremus You upset me? I eat you! My students responded best: “This bear is ruled by his amygdala!”
Unspoken by Henry Cole Haunting. Multi-layered. A springboard to discussions about slavery and the Underground Railroad.
I love teaching with wordless picture books! Flora and the Flamingo is one of my favorite new picture books, but most of the others you’ve highlighted are new to me. The Night Riders looks adorable! Thanks for the suggestions!
I’m so pleased that you found some new titles. The Night Riders is a fascinating book. I picked it up at our local comic store – the book jacket folds out into a double sided poster.
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