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OCTOBER 24, 2012
Books with No Words / Books with Few Words

If you think about it, there’s a pretty huge leap between not being able to read and being able to read.  It’s a little amazing that shapes on a piece of paper can be transformed by our minds into all of the ideas, stories, and emotions that make up our existence.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot that goes into being able to read before someone can actually do it.  This includes having an understanding of narrative and plot, understanding that books contain exciting ideas and other cool stuff, understanding that different letters make different sounds, and more.  (By the way: if you’re interested, Jefferson County Libraries use the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which focuses on these pre-reading skills.  All of our storytimes and children’s programming are built around developing these skills in pre-readers and young readers.  You can find out more about that on our For Parents and Caregivers web page.)

A handy tactic to use in bridging the gap between not reading and reading is reading books with no words and books with few words.  These books are accessible, simple and engaging without being off-puttingly hard.  They’re great for building narrative skills, as they allow you and your child to create the story out of the illustrations.  Importantly, they also lend credence to the idea that a book is its own world for its reader.  Some of my favorites are listed here.

Books With No Words


Flotsam
by David Weisner
E FICTION WIESNER

 

Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
E 398.2452 PINKNEY

 

Good Dog, Carl
By Alexandra Day
E FICTION DAY
(There are other Carl books in the series as well)

 

Chalk
By Bill Thomson
E FICTION THOMSON

 

Bee & Bird
by Craig Frazier
E FRAZIER

 

The Snowman
By Raymond Briggs
E FICTION BRIGGS

 

A Ball for Daisy
by Chris Raschka
E FICTION RASCHKA

 

Where’s Walrus
by Stephen Savage
E FICTION SAVAGE

 

Books With Few Words

 

Yes
by Jez Alborough
E FICTION ALBOROUGH

 

Hug
by Jez Alborough
E FICTION ALBOROUGH

 

Tall
by Jez Alborough
E FICTION ALBOROUGH

 

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball
by Vicki Churchill
E FICTION CHURCHILL

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
E FICTION CARLE

 

 

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