The Wonderful World of Wordless Picture Books

Want to infuse story time with new life? Wordless picture books are a great way to get your students' imaginations working! According to Barbara Brand, the youth services manager of Kansas' Johnson County Library, wordless picture books offer value to children of all ages.

Why Read Wordless Books?

Summary of the Benefit of Wordless Picture Books

  • Spark childrens' imaginations
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Improve overall reading skills

The 6 by 6 Program & Wordless Books

The staff at the Johnson County Library has created a wonderful program for parents, teachers, and other child caregivers to use as a guide when preparing young children to read called 6 by 6, titled for the six skills each child should acquire before age six (the time they usually begin to learn to read). Wordless books play a great role in teaching children these six essential pre-reading skills - encouraging students to have fun with books (#1), notice print all around (#2), develop vocabulary (#3), and tell stories (#4). For a complete list of the six essential skills, be sure to visit 6 by 6's site through the link above! You'll also find links to several videos where members of the library staff share their favorite wordless children's books and how they like to incorporate them in story time.

Quick List of Wordless Books

  • Blue Sea by Robert Kalan
  • A Boy, a Dog and a Frog by Mercer Meyer
  • Do You Want to be My Friend? by Eric Carle
  • Carl's Birthday by Alexandra Day
  • Farm Charm by Kaaren Pixton
  • Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
  • Is it Red, is it Yellow, is it Blue? by Tana Hoban
  • Jack Wants a Snack by Pat Schories
  • Picnic by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Puss in Boots by John S. Goodall
  • Tuesday by David Weisner

Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful resource!

Finger Plays and "Reading" Wordless Picture Books - JoCoLibrary