A funny thing happened at school this week. One of my kids saw me in the hallway and yelled "Mrs. Sibberson, when I come to library today, will you have any of those empty books?" Empty books? What could she have possibly meant? "You know, the books with no words?" So I decided to read CHALK by Bill Thomson aloud this week, since she had asked so cleverly for wordless books.
CHALK is a great new wordless book--one that I would love to see win the Caldecott Award. Mary Lee reviewed it a few months ago but it wasn't a book that I took the time to fall in love with right away. You see, I am a text girl and I have very little patience for taking the time to enjoy a wordless book on my own. I do not always take the time to really take in the visuals. But this week, I discovered what a treat sharing CHALK with children is! I love watching the kids' faces each time I turned the page. The amazement, excitement, surprise, fear, and discovery were all so clear on their faces. Their conversations around the book have been amazing and this is definitely a book I could read a million times.
So, today, I am adding CHALK to my list of BOOKS I COULD READ A MILLION TIMES. I think this is the first wordless picture book to make the list but it is definitely one that deserves to be there.