Are you looking for a book that will make your child giggle and learn at the same time? Check out this book The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. My daughter requested that I buy this book after she heard it at school. Since receiving the book I have read the book at least 10-15 times to my children due to high requests of “Again, Again!” The book begins with the statement “It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures. It probably seems boring and serious. Except…Here is how books work: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say”. The book continues with silly words and sentences like “My only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named Boo Boo Butt” which is my kids favorite part.
The book is funny, entertaining and can teach a child new words such as “serious”, “boring” and “preposterous”. Discuss these new vocabulary words and how they relate to the story. The Book With No Pictures also contains tons of nonsense words which is an excellent activity for both a typical reader and struggling reader to practice. The words in the book present in different sizes, colors and fonts. Since this book has no pictures, it can be excellent for improving print referencing skills. To learn more about using print referencing strategies, click here.
Carryover Activities: Have your child read the book themselves by choosing certain words to focus on depending on their level of reading. For a child just developing phonemic awareness, sounding out the nonsense words can be an excellent activities (e.g. for preschooler, having them say the “eeeeeeeeee” part). Encourage your child to remember some of the silly words that the reader has to say in the book. Discuss the colors, size and different fonts of the words. Explain to your child that when a word is in italics, you need to pronounce the word differently. For fun, you can have your child draw a picture about the book.
To check out the author, B.J. Novak reading The Book With No Pictures watch this video below…B.J. uses both print referencing strategies and reads with tons of expression! To learn more about using expression during reading, click here.