Every Picture Tells a Story. In praise of wordless picture books.

I know it sounds a bit strange, but every now and then I need to just walk back and forth along the stacks in the Children's Room and run my fingers across the rows of books. I notice an alphabetical mix-up or a need to just put my "ducks in a row". I've been pulling a few wordless picture books out and thinking about some things. The artwork is wonderful. It has to be. With no words, the reader has the opportunity to make inferences and predictions. Attention to detail automatically happens. We get the sense of the whole story, rather than just getting to the last page. I believe wordless picture books are an important part of the journey to the love of reading.

"Wave" by Suzy Lee
"The Red Book" by Barbara Lehman
"Flotsam" by Davis Wiesner
"The Lion and the Mouse" by Jerry Pinkney
"Chalk" by Bill Thomson

Check them out.