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Children's literature--Lexington: Wordless Books

Lists of book recommendations by age, award-winners, and special topics can be found in this guide.

What Are Wordless Books?

Wordless books, as the term suggests, are picture books that have little or no words in them. The pictures truly tell the story.

How do wordless books help children learn how to read?

According to author Carol Lynch-Brown in Essentials of Children's Literature, "wordless books aid in early literacy because they enable children to become literate in the following ways:

  • Children develop a concept of story as a cohesive narrative with a beginning and an end.
  • Children use language inventively, which promotes language develpment.
  • Children learn the front-to-back, left-to-right page progression in reading.
  • Children begin to understand that stories can be found not only in books but in themselves." (Lynch-Brown, 1999, p. 74)


Lynch-Brown, C. (1999). Essentials of Children's Literature. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

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