There are infinite variations for how to share wordless books with young children.
  1. As a first step, informally look at a wordless book with an individual child or a small group of children. This can be a very effective ELD strategy to assess the student or students' oral language proficiency in this situation. You can also determine if the student or students are aware of the notion of story. Understanding that stories have beginnings, middles and ends is an important step in reading and writing for young children.
  2. Using comments like: "What is happening here?" "What do you see in this picture?" and "What do you think is going to happen next?" will encourage children to share what they are seeing and to transact with the pictures on the page.
  3. Children will begin to internalize the process of predicting and confirming as they do a book walk with you through the text. Predicting and confirming ideas and understandings of text is an important READING STRATEGY for all age readers.
Use wordless picture books with all age learners. This is a powerful curricular opportunity for newcomers to English language instruction, middle school and junior high students during startegy instruction and mini-lessons, as well as for young readers.