Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 167–177 | Cite as

Using Wordless Picture Books to Support Emergent Literacy

  • Mary Renck Jalongo
  • Denise Dragich
  • Natalie K. Conrad
  • Ann Zhang


Wordless books—picture books that rely entirely on illustrations to tell a story—are an excellent resource for educators of young children. This article provides a research-based rationale for using wordless books, offers a developmental sequence for introducing children to stories told through pictures, suggests a general strategy and wide array of early literacy activities based on books without texts, and recommends ways of communicating with parents/families about the value of wordless books. Outstanding wordless books and examples of children's responses to this growing genre of children's literature are also included.

picture books wordless books children's literature emergent literacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Renck Jalongo
    • 1
  • Denise Dragich
    • 2
  • Natalie K. Conrad
    • 3
  • Ann Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Early Childhood Education JournalUSA
  2. 2.Indiana Area School DistrictIndia
  3. 3.Penn-Cambria School District

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