Is a book still a book if it doesn’t have any words? That’s the question kindergarten and first grade are exploring during library this week, with the help of some amazing storytellers and illustrators. Ask your students what do they think the answer is? Hint: the answer is a resounding, YES!
The Journey trilogy by Aaron Becker was amazingly popular. I was only planning to share the story of the first book, Journey, but every class has begged me to read all three! We were also able to incorporate a conversation on the Caldecott Award medal using David Weisner’s books, as he won so many.
The students LOVED one of this year’s Caldecott runner-ups, Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis, even though it featured a completely made-up language. We used the illustrations to infer what the story was saying, and by the end, some students were saying it was their favorite book they’ve ever read!
Then they had time to quietly browse multiple wordless books and it was a delightful way to close out class. I am looking forward to making a display of wordless books after we’re done using them in class– I know they’ll be excited to bring them home!