I am delighted to see a surge in publishing high quality wordless picture books, a valuable addition to classroom collections for children of all ages. Far from being an ‘easy read’ many of these books provide challenging reading experiences and provoke thoughtful responses.
There are many reasons to celebrate the wordless books, not least that they can provide a level playing field for children of all levels of reading attainment. Read and discussed in a group or guided reading session, the wordless book can be accessed by all. This gives readers for whom 'word reading' is difficult, the opportunity to engage in discussion alongside children who are skilled word readers.
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