We sparked this debate on Twitter, and had some surprising answers!
There is an accepted idea that people just don’t buy wordless picture books. Tiny Owl wanted to know if this was true, so we tweeted to ask what people really think about them! In the end we received dozens of interesting and insightful responses! We think wordless picture books are a fantastic resource for teachers and parents. They help to boost children’s reading confidence and allow them to set their imaginations free! Tiny Owl currently have three fab wordless books: Caged, Little Eli and Chalk Eagle. Find out more about the discussion below!
'people don't buy wordless.' This's absolutely arguable. We want to change this engraved stereotype. We think people, especially teachers, value the importance of #WordlessPictureBooks & children love them because they are more adventurous & personal. would you support this idea? pic.twitter.com/4TiDNFLOFg
— Tiny Owl Publishing (@TinyOwl_Books) September 1, 2018
People were keen to comment on how wordless picture books have benefited their students and children. They mentioned how wordless books encourage children to use their imaginations to create their own story. Advantages of wordless were highlighted, such as “fostering close looking and ownership of the narrative” (@OpenUni_RfP) and encouraging readers to “use their imagination” (@avk1986). They are also great for “getting children to talk and share stories” (@annabellekorea). Teachers commented that they find them helpful for teaching students new vocabulary. One said: “I’ve used wordless storybooks by asking students to describe the story as they see it. A lot of language can be acquired using this exercise.” (@thistle8blower8) School librarian Caroline Clary (@caroline_clary) said that she is building a wordless collection at her school because they are “great for all year groups and all levels”.
Amazing children’s book blogger Melissa Jordan (@melissacreate15) said that she loves to read them with her kids!
Teachers of all age groups also said how wordless picture books are great for schools. One fab teacher (@LTeacher123) said that they are a great “stimulus for writing” and an “essential part of a teacher’s toolkit”! We agree that they are a great way to help children spark their creativity. Year 6 teacher Miss Ribbands (@Miss_Ribbands) agreed, pointing out how useful they are for helping children understand inference and imagery. Children’s author Paul Harrison (@hackauthor) said that they’re great for helping “reluctant readers” get into reading.
Librarians love wordless picture books! Joe Adsley (@grabagoodread) said that they are “invaluable and in high demand”. Others pointed out that they are brilliant for those learning to read in a new language! Reading can feel alienating for children with English as an additional language, so wordless is a great way to boost their confidence. Librarian Karen Van Drie (@worldlibraries) agreed, saying “kids practice second language fluency by narrating the stories to each other. You really know what words you know and don’t know when you have to narrate a picture.”
One parent of children with special educational needs (@crochetexpert) shared her story about enjoying wordless picture books with her family. We are so glad that children with autism are benefitting from reading wordless!
After having read these interesting replies, it seems that the future is looking much brighter for wordless!
We would like to thank everyone who joined in and expressed their opinions. To learn more about our wordless picture books, click the links below!
- Discover our Wordless Picture Books Campaign!
- Find out why an SEN specialist thinks wordless books are great!
- Watch the trailer for great wordless picture book Caged!
- Read an interview with the author of Chalk Eagle!
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