November 15, 2013 in Features

Wordless story time lets kids participate in tales

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The tales of Mr. Wuffles, Daisy the dog and a brave bluebird are told with artful illustrations and few words. Saturday’s story time at Auntie’s will feature wordless books.
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They are children’s books of few words but plenty of action.

“Mr. Wuffles,” “Daisy Gets Lost,” “Bluebird” – popular titles noted for their visual storytelling and spare text – will be among children’s books featured at Saturday’s story time for kindergartners through second-graders at Auntie’s Bookstore on Main Avenue.

It’s becoming a trend in children’s publishing to focus almost exclusively on illustrations, said Beth Page, the children’s book manager at Auntie’s.

“They tell these beautiful stories, but they don’t use a lot of words, if any,” Page said.

So, while story time is a regular event at the store, this time the participants will provide the play-by-play. Page said she’ll get kids involved in telling the stories – practicing their observation and inference skills – and “help them to learn to look beyond just what they’re hearing … to pay attention to the details.”

Then the kids can create their own wordless stories, drawing a few comic-strip-like panels to tell a story.

As the days grow shorter and colder, story times at area bookstores and libraries can provide some relief for small children (and parents) with cabin fever.

Check and click on “Family & Kids” for listings. For a story time schedule at Spokane Public Library branches, go to and click on “Kids.” For a schedule at Spokane County Library District branches, go to and click on “Events.”

Adrian Rogers

Where: Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.

When: Wordless Story Time starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. It’s for kindergartners through second-graders.

Cost: Free.

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