Writing Dialogue for Wordless Picture Books

Yesterday, after reading the book Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis, kids in primary grades did an activity making up a new language.

Then they created new written dialogue for picture books with few or no words. They chose a book and wrote dialogue for it on sticky notes shaped like word bubbles.

Here are some of the ways they dramatized those wordless books with dialogue:

The kids read their new picture book adaptations out loud:


Want to do your own? Check out this great list of wordless picture books linked directly to our catalog.

Our next Writing Party for kids 5-8 years old will be Tuesday, September 12 at 4:30 pm. This month was an exception, but we’ll usually have this program every 2nd Tuesday of the month. See our flyer for details about future programs:

(Credit: 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras, published by ALA Editions.)

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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