8 years ago when my daughter was born I started reading picture books again. As a “serious adult reader” I had not read a picture book since I was a child; it was great! Together we would go to the library up to 3 times a week and I don’t know who was more excited about the prospect of checking out new books to read. At around 2 years of age, my daughter began choosing what books she wanted to read but I was unwilling to give up the joy of choosing great picture books too, so we reached an agreement in which she would pick out some and I would pick out some.
I made my selections based on how much I loved the artistic style of the author. We delighted in reading all of the stories together but even more than that, we loved discussing the pictures. This soon lead me to wordless picture books. The first wordless picture book I discovered was by David Weisner and it was beautiful. The story was imaginative and without words to get in the way, we were able to tell each other endless variations of the story as we pointed out new details to each other each time.
My daughter’s already good vocabulary expanded even further and I wished I could share these stories with my English language students but for a long time I didn’t because I teach university students and adults and I didn’t want to risk insulting them with books made for children.
I loved them so much that I started to collect them though and one day I decided to throw caution to the wind and bring them in to share. My adult students loved them as much as I did and were not at all insulted because even though the stories may have featured frogs or dinosaurs, the themes in the stories were thought provoking and universal. Here I am going to share with you my favorite wordless picture books and how I like to use them in an adult classroom to build language skills.
Hi, I'm Kia.
I help ESL / EFL teachers create fun, effective courses that students love.