It is well established that reading aloud to children aids their emotional and academic development in countless ways.
For example, shared reading experiences:
- Promote language development
- Engage brain areas that will later be used for independent reading, even in the youngest children
- Create a positive association for reading and literacy, along with an emotional bond between the child and reader
The question addressed in this post is:
Do books without words benefit children?
The answer is a resounding YES.
Wordless books require thoughtful narration, because the reader can’t rely on text to tell the story. Readers must also be actively involved with both their listener and the illustrations. In fact:
Wordless picture books beat storybooks in four ways: