Float by Daniel Miyares Book Review

Float by Daniel Miyares
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 9, 2015

This week I babysat my niece and nephews, the oldest of which is in love with wordless picture books. "Remember, Aunt Venus," he said when I brought him a new Amelia Bedelia book. "Remember that book we made up our own story? I want to read that kind of book." And so, during our outing, we went to the bookstore and "read" through the various wordless picture books that we could find. I wish this one was available now, because I have a feelings it would have been the one we walked away with it.

The story is simple, a little boy and his paper boat that gets away from him. But as I have learned, these books, in the hands of a five-year-old become something entirely different and wonderful. In a School Library Journal article from last year, Bob Staake states that wordless picture books are a pulling back, "It's the child telling the story." For a child who can't quite read on his own yet, the ability to tell their own story and to be given permission by the author to do so, is an important tool for a new reader.

Beautifully drawn, Float joins a great list of wordless picture books.