Pictures are an important part of helping kids figure out how to "read" a story. Using wordless picture books can be a great way to help kids learn to use the pictures to tell that story. We read this beautiful Caldecott Medal award winner by Jerry Pinkney. It is the story of the Lion and the Mouse that doesn't use any words.
The first time we read it, we didn't talk, we just looked at the pictures.
The second time we read the story, the kids told me the story in their own words as we looked through the pictures.
Then we made our own lion pictures using our faces and construction paper strips.
Check out more detailed instructions here.