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Wordless Books

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Getting Started

This guide will provide information about wordless books and how to use them in instruction.

Wordless Books

Wordless books can be used for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Use these books for differentiated reading levels, English language learners, and struggling readers.

  • Students can practice retelling and summarize stories
  • Helps students with oral communication and vocabulary
  • Pictures can provide background knowledge, context clues, and comprehension
  • Model Close Reading strategies for deeper thinking
  • Can be used to teach literary devices like the main idea, inferring, cause & effect, tone, theme, and elements of a story
  • Develop character descriptions and traits
  • Improves writing through word choice, sentence building, and creative story development
  • Better understanding of the role of an illustrator

Wordless Books @ the ERC

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How to find Wordless Books in the BC Catalog

There are several ways to find wordless book.

 At the BC Library Catalog home page, use the 'Advanced Search' to help limit your search and filter results.


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1. In the first search box use the drop down box and pick Subject. In the search box type Stories without words. Click SEARCH.

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2. You can also search the Internet using the search terms like 'wordless picture books'.  Once you find books of interest, run a title search in the BC Catalog to see if we own the book.

Articles about Wordless Books

To find additional journal and magazine articles about wordless books, please check the following databases:

Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center