The next time you sit down to read a book with your child take a “picture walk” first. Look at the cover and talk about what the book might be about and who wrote it. Then, open the book and “tell the story” just using the pictures. Don’t read the words until you have gone through and talked about all the pictures. Be sure to allow your child to tell his version. Don’t correct her, because there is no right or wrong answer. Be sure to ask your child open ended questions like, “Who do you think will win the race?”. Don’t ask simple yes or no questions like, “Do you think the frog will win?”. Yes or no questions do not invite conversation. If you have trouble “reading” without words, try a wordless picture book first.
The real fun is then reading the story and finding out if your predictions were correct. Below are some titles that are good for taking a “Picture Walk”.
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Snow Rabbit Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons [board book] by Il Sung Na