Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wordless Picture Books

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Using wordless picture books in speech therapy is a common way to elicit a lot of different language skills. Here are the links to some posts done by fellow SLP bloggers:

Miss V's Speech World has a list of wordless picture books on TpT

Why should we use these types of books?
-great for a range of ages, from the very young on up
-gives insight into a client's narrative abilities
-allows you to look at grammatical structures, sentence structure and overall vocabulary skills
-you can use the same book over and over again
-they can be great ways to help a child learn how to expand utterance length
-parents can use them at home

Amazon does have some, including the following:


The latest product to hit my store is one that I'm super pumped about. I've had the idea brewing for awhile, but it took a little bit to figure out how to best approach it. It is an expanding packet of short wordless picture mini-books. What does expanding mean? It means that if you purchase now, you get to download any additional updates for free! With each addition, the price will increase though.

Click below to be taken to the listing:

So, let's take a closer look. Right now, there are 4 stories included. They range from 10-12 half pages (to save on ink and lamination). The backgrounds are white, mainly because I didn't want to send my printer to an early death (haha) with really intricate backgrounds. I kept graphics simple and uncluttered because a lot of my kids get distracted if a scene is too "busy." Plus, I wanted to leave it as open-ended as possible. Additionally, there is a one page "pre-made" story that you can use if you wish to. They also are aligned to many common core standards!

The 4 stories right now are: 
1. The Sticky Spider Webs.
2. What Pet Shall I Get?
3. When I Grow Up!
4. My Community

Below are examples of what the pages look like:

The "pre-made" story is a full page. I used repetitive, but detailed, complex sentences because a lot of my kids struggle to formulate these types of sentences. Again, the use of the story is completely up to you. 



  1. I haven't seen many wordless picture books lately, this is a great idea! I would love to use this with my preschoolers and early elementary kiddos who are working on expanding their utterances.

  2. I love wordless books! What a great idea!

  3. I love to use wordless picture books! Some of my favorites include the Mercer Mayer series (frog, where are you? frog goes to dinner, frog on his own, a boy, a dog, a frog and a friend). Your product looks wonderful!

  4. I love wordless picture books - a great way to get a spontaneous speech or language sample, to see generalization of skills, or to just do something fun!

  5. I have used wordless books for years! Great for assessing a number of different skills!

  6. I have never used wordless picture book but I feel like they would be extremely versatile and could be used for a variety of language goals.

  7. This is awesome! I love how creative you are!