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Books with No Words


Have you ever been drawn to a wordless picture book, but been unsure how to read it or share it with your child? Check out these helpful tips, and remember that wordless picture books can be a great tool to enhance your child's literacy, whether or not he or she knows how to read. They can also be exceptionally beautiful and enjoyed by any age.

These picture books don't need words to tell their story:

Hug by Jez Alborough

Bobo the chimp seeks hugs among various jungle animals and their young, but he does not get what he wants until he is reunited with his own parent.

Red sled by Lita Judge

At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled.

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Three children go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.

Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Follows Walrus on a journey through the city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper.

Float by Daniel Miyares

A boy loses his paper boat in the rain. Perfect for fans of Stephen King as well as those who like to play in the rain.

Good dog, Carl by Alexandra Day

A baby is left in the care of a pet dog for the day. The two of them have many misadventures, but when mother returns, everything is peaceful and quiet.

The fish and the cat by Marianne Dubuc

A hungry cat pursues a fish from its fishbowl, around the neighborhood, and even among the stars and moon.

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

A boy explores the woods after dark with a flashlight.

Boat of dreams by Rogério Coelho

A boy who lives alone with his cat in a deserted city and a man who lives alone with a seagull on a deserted island are separated by time and space and bridged by a message in a bottle, in a story that invites different interpretations.

Flora and the penguin by Molly Schaar Idle

Flora and her new friend, the penguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.

Flotsam by David Wiesner

The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

Letters to a prisoner by Jacques Goldstyn

A man who was arrested during a peaceful protest begins to despair, when a bird begins delivering messages of support from the outside.

The red book by Barbara Lehman

This book is about a book. A magical red book. When you turn the pages you’ll experience a new kind of adventure through the power of story.

Pool by Chi-hyn Yi

Two shy children meet at a noisy pool and dive beneath the crowd into a magical undersea land, where they explore a fantastical landscape and meet various creatures.

Little fox in the forest by Stephanie Graegin

Two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

The lion & the mouse by Jerry Pinkney

An adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

The great chicken escape by Nikki McClure

Chickens flee their coop at an Alaskan monastery and four, eluding the nuns, enjoy a day in the forest before returning home to roost. Features cut-paper artwork and a die-cut cover.

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

Wave by Suzy Lee

A little girl's first experiences at the beach, as she goes from being afraid of the roaring waves to playing on the shore while gulls soar overhead.

Sidewalk flowers by JonArno Lawson

A little girl collects wildflowers while walking through town with her father.

The farmer and the clown by Marla Frazee

When a little clown gets lost after falling off a train, a farmer finds him and befriends him until the train returns.

Draw! by Raúl Colón

A boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.

A girl sees a bicycle she wants to buy, works hard for a kindly neighbor to earn the money for it, then gets a pleasant surprise.

The umbrella by Ingrid Schubert

A little dog finds an umbrella in the garden on a windy day. The moment the dog picks up the umbrella, it catches the wind and pulls the dog skywards. This is the start to fantastic journey around the world. 

The surprise by Sylvia van Ommen

Sheep goes to great lengths to surprise Giraffe with a lovely red sweater.

Archie by Domenica More Gordon

Archie, a fashion-loving dog with a faithful pet of his own, leads a quiet life until he gets a sewing machine and begins creating canine couture that captures attention all over town, even from a queen and her two royal corgis.

Tells the story of a bird, a cat, and a dog. Everyone is a hero in his own story and every story is connected.