I think that wordless picture books are often overlooked for older readers. We often use wordless books with young readers because there is no text that they are required to read in order to understand the story. However, I think that there are some fantastic wordless books for older readers that invite the reader to really ponder what the author is trying to say. Because the whole story is told through pictures, there are often subtle hints that the reader must notice in order to fully understand the story.
These books invite rereading and are definitely suited for more mature readers.
We've heard over and over how important reading is to kids. There are so many benefits to reading, but one that may be overlooked is inviting children to understand how a story works. In a story, there is a beginning, middle, and end. I think this is why chapter books/novels in a series make me angry. There is no ending. Or rather, the ending is weak - it leaves the reader hanging so they will want to read the next book. When helping children understand the concept of a story, these books do not bog the reader down with text, rather they give a clear story using only images.
So, here are a few of my favorite wordless picture books that can be used with young children to help develop the concept of a story. While these can be used as a class discussion/lesson to develop the concept, I also think they could be used for reluctant writers. For a small child, coming up with their own fiction story to write can be daunting (especially if they are expected to come up with a beginning, middle, and end). However, these books provide the frame of the story, but the children would be able to write the text, use good word choice, and define the characters.