10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

I love using wordless books to teach storytelling.  These 10 wordless books that are my favorite.  Before students can be asked to write a story, they must first be able to tell a story.

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

The Why!

Has this happened to you?  You are so excited to start writers workshop early in the year.  You dismiss your students to start to write their stories, only to hear a chorus of “I’m DONE!” 2.2 minutes later.  Or later in the year, you read a student’s story about going to the park and it reads, “I went on the slides. I went on the swings. I played ball. I went home.”  Sigh!  Yes, we work on stamina and telling more in writer’s workshop, but “reading” wordless books is a great way to strengthen storytelling.  Because if they can’t tell a story, they won’t be able to write a story.

I have gathered 10 wordless books that are fantastic for storytelling.

The How!

First, I don’t think there is a “right way” to “read” a wordless picture book, but this is how I do it.

  • Take a picture walk:  Notice the details… Discuss how the illustrations help to tell the reader what is happening in the story.  Because there is an absence of text, the “writer” has to be certain that they make their meaning clear with the illustrations.  Isn’t this exactly what we want our emergent kindergarten writers to do?
  • Name the pages:  Take time to name what is happening on each page.  This is sort of like the planning we do when we plan to write a story.
  • Read it like a story:  Now when you read it the third time, add book language. EXAMPLE:  Once, there was a dog and his name was Carl.

Make a collection

Place a collection of wordless books in a book bin.  Revisit them often.   Allow students to have free access to them (they could even be a station activity).  Here is a list of some of my favorites.

Wordless Book #1 A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is an adorable book.  Daisy is a dog who loves to her red ball.  Then one day, she goes to the park and her ball gets destroyed by another dog.  The illustrations are precious!

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 1

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #2 Chalk by Bill Thompson

Chalk by Bill Thompson is a book about three children and the magical things that happen when they find sidewalk chalk.

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 2

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #3 Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day

Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day is a classic!   Let’s pretend that the mom did not leave the baby alone with the dog so she could go shopping!   BUT Carl is a pretty awesome babysitter!

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 3

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #4 The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman is a fantasy book that starts when I child finds a book.  Each page builds upon the previous page and they zoom in and zoom out.

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 4

You can see how each these pages BEG you to look closer!

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #5 Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd is the adventures of a boy who uses his flashlight to discover things in the dark.

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 5

I love how the majority of the illustrations are in black and white, yet where the stream of light shines you see color.  This is a FANTASTIC illustrative study book!

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #6 Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight Gorilla is a CLASSIC!

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 6

Love that sneaky gorilla!

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #7 Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola

Pancakes for Breakfast tells the tale of a woman who wants to make pancakes but she needs to gather the ingredients.

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 7

Talk about a picture telling the story.   [Sidenote… now I want pancakes.]

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #8 The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman

The Secret Box  is another book by Barbara Lehman and its about time travel!   My students LOVED this book!

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 8

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #9 The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Lion and the Mouse is stunning!  I could talk about the illustrations ALL. DAY! It is easy to see why this is a

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 9

 

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Wordless Book #10 Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker is the story of a girl who walks through her closet door and enters into a magical place.

10 Wordless Books to Teach Story Telling 10

The colors are spectacular and a fantastic opportunity to work on storytelling.

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

You can also find more books over on Miss Trayer’s blog Not Just Child’s Play by clicking HERE.

 

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

So… there are my 10 wordless book suggestions.  I would love to add to my personal list.  What are your favorite books?

10 wordless books that will help you teach story telling. Activities and resources to strengthen sequential story telling. Before students can write a story, they must be able to tell a story.

Pin for Later

Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

FREE Curriculum planning map

Make your life easier with this FREE Curriculum Planning Map with over 400+ pages and free resources!

Use Promo Code: WILLS

Boddle
BODDLE IS TOTALLY FREE!

SHOP

Latest Posts

You Might Also Enjoy...

20 Responses

  1. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer are wonderful wordless books. Plus there are other titles so the adventures continue. I love wordless books for teaching comprehension strategies to all grades.

  2. I use Chalk, Pancakes for Breakfast and Good Dog Carl at the beginning of the year too. I have another one that the kids love– Where’s Walrus, I think it is by Stephen Savage. Thanks for the list, I will add these to my fall teaching basket.

  3. I posted a similar post recently. I also love using wordless books and actually get a little thrill when I pick up a book at the library to discover that it has no words! 🙂 My students love them too. I found a beautiful story called Wave this year that I think you would also like.

    1. Ohhh… Send me a link to your post and I would be happy to add it to mine!!!! I love the Wave too!!!!

    2. Ok… I hope you don’t mind, but I found your link. I added it to my post so people could read your wise words!

  4. I love Wave by Suzy Lee, Tuesday and Flotsam both by David Wiesner.

  5. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is another beautiful wordless picture book.

  6. Tuesday by David Wiesner
    Stimulates conversation and “turn and talks” about what YOU do on Tuesdays. Also a fall book share. Love your work! Do you ever sleep? Have a great summer!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy