Monday, February 04, 2013

2 Upcoming Wordless Books from Chronicle

I was excited to get a package from Chronicle this week that contained two upcoming wordless picture books. I feel like I can never have enough of these if they are good ones. So many opportunities to teach and explore for all ages.  I love when I find new ones to add to my collection.

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd is a gorgeous new wordless picture book that captures ordinary days and the way one boy spends them both inside and outside.  There are fun die-cuts in most of the pages that connect the story and that add fun to the book. Lots to notice on each page. And the color choice is unique which I love.  Kids will want to revisit this book often and really, it just makes me happy to read it. I love the story as well as the art and the details make it even more fun.

The other book is Flight 1, 2, 3 is one that didn't draw me in from the start but one that I fell in love with once I opened it up! Now, this book will definitely draw young readers in with the cover--trains, trucks, planes, and cars do that and this cover has lots to look at (airplane, airport, etc.). At first I thought this book would be like the Donald Crews classics about forms of transportation but I was thrilled to see that it was so much more. The book takes the reader on a journey they will take if they go on a flight--from the cab ride to the airport to getting to the destination, this book captures the experiences of travelers today. I love the inclusion of throwing away liquids before security as well as the stop at the restroom before getting on the flight. But I also love the fact that the author has taken the wordless to a new level with information. Throughout the book are signs you will see in the airport as well as a diagram of the seating on a plane. A bird's eye view of how the planes are organized at gates is also shown.  This book is really packed and fun to look at. I can imagine young children will look at it over and over again.  So many possibilities for conversations and learning!

Both of these books are due out in March!

5 comments:

  1. These look great. I had a high school academic coach last week ask me about wordless books for her special ed students. Do you happen to know if there is a list of wordless books somewhere that would appeal to older readers? I haven't managed to find one so far.

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    1. Dori, you might try the books of Shaun Tan and I have one novel length wordless picture book in my collection that (surprisingly) is still in print -- The Silver Pony by Lynd Ward.

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  2. Thanks for the introduction to these two books! I am always on the look out for wordless books to use with my students. I'm a speech therapist and wordless books are perfect for gathering language samples and giving students practice creating their own sentence.

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  3. In my amazon basket...great finds, thanks!

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  4. These sound fantastic! The idea of wordless with information reminds me of the professional book, I See What You Mean by Steve Moline--so much can be said with diagrams and signs.

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