The American Library Association recently annouced the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Award. This year the title is The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.This is a beautiful, nearly wordless picture book that tells the classic Aesop fable with luminous watercolor illustrations of the two unlikely friends Wordless picture books can leave parents and caregivers at a loss as to how best to share these gems. After all there are no words to read. One way is to leave your child to their own devices to " read" the story based on the pictures. After that you can work together to create the words that tell the story. This is your chance to be creative as you want in thelling the story. Don't forget to use lots of description as you work together to describe what is happening. How is the mouse feeling? What are the colours of the scenery? What other animals are in the story? This is a great way to help your child to develop their narrative skills.
Wordless books can also be a jumping off point to writing also. If your child is old enough have him wirte the storyline for the book and share it with you. If your children aare not yeat at the point where they can srite themselves, have them dictate the story to you. This can become the beginning of your very own collection of family stories.
Have fun creating your own word and sharing the many wonderful wordless pictures books available in our collection.
Try some of my favourites to share:
Do you want to be my friend by Eric Carle
Truck by Donald Crews
Carl's sleepy afternoon Carly by Alexander Day
Changes, changes by Pat Hutchins
A boy , a dog and a frog by Mercer Mayer