Wordless picture books contain little to no text, but they are still important in the development of a pre-reader! The story is told entirely through the book’s illustrations. The reader of the wordless book uses the illustrations to interpret the story for himself and in doing so learns about the sequence of stories.
Wordless picture books your pre-readers will want to read all by themselves:
Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman
Stuck inside a mansion by the sea on a rainy day, a small boy discovers that the house has an adventure to offer a young explorer.
Frog, Where Are You? by Mercer Mayer
A boy and his dog go on an adventure, searching for a pet frog that escaped during the night.
Flotsam by David Wiesner
While at the beach, a young boy finds a barnacle-covered underwater camera washed ashore by a wave and develops the film inside to discover the amazing secrets the camera holds.
Lights Out by Arthur Geisert
A small pig’s parents require that the lights go out by 8 p.m. but he can’t go to sleep in a dark, scary room. The young hero invents a way to turn the lights out on time, but still have the time he needs to drift off to sleep before the room goes dark.
Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
Through colorful illustrations, readers will explore northern Europe with the book’s traveler.