Do books have to have words in order to be effective?  No!  The wordless book that first comes to mind for me is The Snowman.  I know my mom used that in speech therapy with her little kids when she worked in an Elementary School.  
Try letting your child who can not read yet pick out a book without words.  You can try the following activities with him/her:
  • Describe the pictures on each page
  • Have your child make up the story as she goes along
  • Have your child write a word or a sentence (he/she may need help) for each page
  • Have your older kids write down what your little one says (this will get everyone involved)
  • Save the book so your child can have a book that he/she "authored" at a young age!

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