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Wordless Picture Books
Wordless picture books tell a story only through a series of illustrations. They contain literary elements, including setting, character, plot and theme which help children develop reading and storytelling skills.
Picture Book Titles
- A Ball for Daisy byISBN: 9780375858611Publication Date: 2011-05-10Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.
- Anno's Counting House byISBN: 0399208968Publication Date: 1982-10-08Mitsumasa Anno was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest honor attainable in the field of children's book illustration in 1984.
- Anno's Italy byISBN: 0529055597Publication Date: 1979-03-15
- Ball byISBN: 9780547759364Publication Date: 2013-04-02A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.
- Bluebird byISBN: 9780375870378Publication Date: 2013-04-09In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm.
- Chalk byISBN: 9780761455264Publication Date: 2010-03-01A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw. . . and then . . . magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination.
- Flora and the Flamingo byISBN: 9781452110066Publication Date: 2013-02-05In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance.
- Flotsam byISBN: 9780618194575Publication Date: 2006-09-04A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.
- Fossil byISBN: 9781477847008Publication Date: 2013-11-05When a boy and his dog go for a hike, the boy trips on a fossil, and it comes to life, revealing an ancient plant. The boy is so intrigued that he breaks two more fossils and they too come to life - showing a prehistoric dragonfly and a pterodactyl. The dog jumps on the pterodactyl's back, and the boy, desperate to get his dog back, figures out a way to make things go back to normal. Using original art, this "wordless story" will surely spark imagination and creativity.
- Hippo! No, Rhino byISBN: 9780316155731Publication Date: 2006-07-12When the zookeeper puts up the wrong sign outside the rhinoceros's cage, poor rhino is repeatedly mistaken for a hippopotamus! Children will delight in identifying the mistake and will sympathize with the helpless rhinoceros.In the tradition of Good Night, Gorilla, this hilarious and almost wordless story is told in charming and humorous illustrations and dialogue. Jeff Newman's striking art is filled with fun details that invite repeat readings.
- Inside Outside byISBN: 9781452106441Publication Date: 2013-03-19A boy and his dog play inside and outside their home in this wordless book. Die cuts on each spread lead to fun reveals at every page turn - the head of a snowman doubles as a painting of a bird; a plant in the ground outside becomes a plant in a vase inside. As the story progresses through the seasons, children can catch a glimpse of the weather through the inside windows and guess at the outdoor scene to come.
- Mirror byISBN: 9780763648480Publication Date: 2010-11-09An innovative, two-in-one picture book follows a parallel day in the life of two families: one in a Western city and one in a North African village. Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, a boy and his family wake up, eat breakfast, and head out for a busy day of shopping. Meanwhile, in a small village in Morocco, a boy and his family go through their own morning routines and set out to a bustling market. In this ingenious, wordless picture book, readers are invited to compare, page by page, the activities and surroundings of children in two different cultures.
- Mr. Wuffles! byISBN: 9780618756612Publication Date: 2013-10-01In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble. When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship.
- Pancakes for Breakfast byISBN: 0152594558Publication Date: 1978-04-03This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. “The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humor of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young.”--School Library Journal This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Stories).
- Polo byISBN: 9781596431898Publication Date: 2007-01-09Here's a new volume every bit as charming and as mesmerizing as its companion, The Adventures of Polo. When the resourceful dog sets aside his brand-new book and drifts off to sleep, a curious little creature makes off with it. Polo follows in hot pursuit, setting the stage for a new series of adventures--into the sky, to a mysterious cloud made of cotton candy, through fun-house mirrors, on hot air balloons, across a desert and into the jungle.
- Rainstorm byISBN: 9780618756391Publication Date: 2007-04-09It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.
- Red Sled byISBN: 9781442420076Publication Date: 2011-11-01In this nearly wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless charm and irresistible characters, Red Sled begs to be read aloud and will surely become a wintertime favorite.
- Sector 7 byISBN: 9780395746561Publication Date: 1999-09-20Only the person who gave us Tuesday could have devised this fantastic Caldecott Honor-winning tale, which begins with a school trip to the Empire State Building. There a boy makes friends with a mischievous little cloud, who whisks him away to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 (the region that includes New York City). The clouds are bored with their everyday shapes, so the boy obligingly starts to sketch some new ones. . . . The wordless yet eloquent account of this unparalleled adventure is a funny, touching story about art, friendship, and the weather, as well as a visual tour de force.
- Shadow byISBN: 9780811872805Publication Date: 2010-09-01A dark attic. A light bulb. An imaginative little girl.Internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee uses these simple elements to create a visual tour de force that perfectly captures the joy of creative play and celebrates the power of imagination. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of color, present an adventure that begins and ends with the click of a light bulb.
- Shapes, Shapes, Shapes byISBN: 9780688058333Publication Date: 1986-05-12Whenever you are -- inside or outside -- there are shapes to discover. And with Tana Hoban's help you will begin to see them. Look around. How many circles, squares, stars, triangles, hearts, and rectangles can you see? They are everywhere!
- So Many Circles, So Many Squares byISBN: 9780688151669Publication Date: 1998-03-23Once again the celebrated photographer changes the way we look at life by sharpening our focus on the everyday world. After you look at this book, you will find yourself seeing circles and squares everywhere-on the street, in windows, at the supermarket. And you will be surprised because these identifiable shapes are everywhere-especially where we often look but don't see.
- The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher byISBN: 9780689803819Publication Date: 1996-05-01The Grey Lady loves strawberries. But so does the Strawberry Snatcher, and unfortunately for the Grey Lady he is not far away and getting closer all the time. In this wordless allegory, author-illustrator Molly Bang has created a visual feast full of surprise and wonder. Her lively tale skillfully blends fantasy, suspense, and humor, and the magnificent illustrations are a treat for young and old alike.
- The Lion and the Mouse byISBN: 9780316013567Publication Date: 2009-09-01In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.
- The Red Book byISBN: 9780618428588Publication Date: 2004-09-27This book is about a book. A magical red book without any words. When you turn the pages you’ll experience a new kind of adventure through the power of story.Winning a Caldecott Honor for itsnbsp;illustrations of rare detail and surprise, The Red Book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend she’s never met is waiting. And as with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over.
- The Snowman byISBN: 0394839730Publication Date: 1978-11-12Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget."--(starred) Booklist.
- The Tree House byISBN: 9781590788066Publication Date: 2010-04-01Pure picture-book magic. A polar bear rides a whale to a tree rising out of the water. At the top of the tree is a tree house. He’s joined by a brown bear in a boat. The bears find that the tree house is the perfect place to read. When the water recedes, they are joined by flamingos, panda bears, and other animals that come by land and air.
- Truck byISBN: 9780688802448Publication Date: 1980-04-01Follow the big red truck on its cross-country journey in Donald Crew's classic wordless book, perfect for sharing with the very young.
- Unspoken - A Story from the Underground Railroad byISBN: 9780545399975Publication Date: 2012-11-01A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him? Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart. Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our deepest sense of compassion.
- Wave byISBN: 9780811859240Publication Date: 2008-04-16In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of watercolor, create a vibrant story full of joy and laughter. New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2008
- Where's Walrus? byISBN: 9780439700498Publication Date: 2011-02-01Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself. Follow the happy-go-lucky runaway as he hides amongst firefighters, businessmen, and even high-stepping dancers in this delightful wordless picture book.
- Wonder Bear byISBN: 9780803733282Publication Date: 2008-09-18Two kids plant mysterious seeds (all that's pictured on the envelope is a blue top hat), and up grows a remarkable flowering vine, out of which emerges an even more remarkable big white bear. On his head is the top hat that allows him to work all kinds of magic that day. He pulls monkey after monkey from the hat, blows bubbles in amazing shapes, and transforms flowers into spectacular floating sea creatures.