Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wordless Book Storytime

In 2014, my library system gave every branch the opportunity to do a wordless picture book storytime.   There are several wordless picture books that I love, so I jumped on the opportunity to do this right away.  My branch has a lot of patrons under the age of five, so I developed it with an audience of toddlers and preschoolers in mind, which is mostly what I got.

My set up for this stortyime was pretty standard. Perhaps the biggest difference was that I had a handout to give to parents explaining how they can share wordless books with their little ones.  I also made a point of talking about sharing wordless picture books at the beginning of storytime. In terms of songs, I simply picked out my favorite songs and rhymes, most of which you guys probably already know.  As you can see, this was a short storytime, but it was a lot of fun.  At the end, we finished up with a walrus puppet craft which you can find here.

Welcome to our Wordless Book Storytime! My name is Liz and I am the children’s librarian here.  Today we are going to read books that tell a story using only pictures and no words.  In order to become great readers, children need to learn how to talk first.  The great thing about wordless picture books is the conversations that we can have about them.  The important thing is not getting the story right but using the pictures to have discussions that introduce new words and ideas.  After our stories, you guys will have a chance to look at wordless picture books that you can read with your child at home.

Open Shut Them


Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

This is  probably my favorite Where's Walrus book, and the one the children were most receptive to.   They absolutely love finding the walrus in any given picture and guessing where he'll go on the next page.

Action Rhyme
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes


Wave by Suzy Lee

This is a fun wordless picture book to share because there is so much emotion in it, and I focused my discussion with the children on the emotions.

The Finger Band
I learned this fingerplay from a colleague a while ago, and it's always a big hit. If you don't know it, this website has the words.

The More We Get Together

Of course, this program wouldn't have been complete without a display of books for parents to take and share with their little ones.  Here are a few of the ones I put out:
Flotsam by David Wiesner
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Journey by Aaron Becker
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Have you done a wordlesss picture book storytime at your library? How did it go?

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