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Wordless and Nearly Wordless Books


Wordless picture books are a fun way to build narrative skills and use your imagination. Here are a few of our favorite wordless and nearly wordless picture books!






Raschka, Chris
JE RASCH

A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.
Anno, Mitsumasa
JE ANNO

This charming wordless picture book will take reader's on a journey across the United States.
Staake, Bob
JE STAAK

A wordless picture book about the inspiring friendship that develops between a bluebird and a young boy.
Keats, Ezra Jack
JE KEATS

After a rainstorm, Clementina and her father discover a surprise in the prickly skin of the cactus that they've watched growing in the desert.
Lansky, Bruce
JE LANSK

Waking up one morning, a young bird sees its mother catch a worm and decides to try to catch one too, but the bird soon learns that catching a worm isn't as easy as it looks.
McCully, Emily Arnold
JE MCCUL

Some little mice spend a snowy day skating and sledding with their grandparents.
Idle, Molly Schaar
JE IDLE

In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.
Wiesner, David
JE WIESN

The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.
Kim, Patti
JE KIM

"Tells the story in pictures of a family newly immigrated to the United Sates and the challenges of starting a life in a new place"--Provided by publisher.
Cristini, Ermanno
J574.5

Illustrations present a wordless panorama of the marshy wetlands where a variety of fish, birds, animals, and plants share a habitat.
Becker, Aaron
JE BECKE

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.
McCully, Emily Arnold
JE MCCUL

While the mouse children sleep, something mysterious is happening: a new baby is born The next morning, all the big brothers and sisters are paying too much attention to the new baby to spare any for little sister. 30 full-color illustrations.
Goffin, Josse
JE GOFFI

Colorful illustrations fold out and transform into imaginative figures drawn by a creative Belgian artist.
Mayer, Mercer
JE MAYER

A boy's pet frog thinks that the new little frog the boy gets for his birthday is one frog too many.
Faller, Regis
JE FALLE

In this story told through wordless illustrations, a simple boat ride turns into a magical adventure for Polo the dog.
Lee, JiHyeon
JE LEE

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.
Lawson, Jon Arno
JE LAWSO

A little girl collects wildflowers while on a walk with her distracted father. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. This wordless picture book, conceived by award-winning poet Jon Arno Lawson and beautifully brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.
Aliki
JE ALIKI

Pictures tell the story of a kitten's first year in her new home, with a warm bed, good food, and a little girl to play with and love.
Wildsmith, Brian
JE WILDS

There is nothing more that this hungry bird likes to eat than a plump, juicy apple. But eat too much, and even fat birds get full. This colorful, wordless book follows one bird's apple feast.
Pett, Mark
JE PETT

A wordless picture book in which a boy comes up with an inventive solution for getting his toy airplay down from the roof.
Rodriguez, Beatrice
JE RODRI

A fox steals a chicken. Why would the fox do this and not eat the bird?
Briggs, Raymond
JE BRIGG

A young boy and his wintertime friend share a magical night in this award-winning wordless story.
Andreasen, Dan
JE ANDRE

A wordless picture book in which a young boy explores a creature-filled world beneath the bubbles in his bathtub.
Borando, Silvia
JE BORAN

A stylish and fresh wordless picture book, this original story about imaginative play brims with visual humour, bold colors, and a parade of cheeky animals! A little boy stands in front of the whitest of white walls. He readies his brush ...and begins to paint. There are lots of surprises in store for our little painter.
Felix, Monique
JE FELIX

A little mouse trapped in a book discovers the wind.
Rohmann, Eric
JE ROHMA

A wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit in a natural history museum has an unsettling experience when the dinosaur seems to come alive and view the bird as a potential meal.
Cole, Henry
JE COLE

In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him.
Savage, Stephen
JE SAVAG

In this wordless picture book, follow Walrus on a happy-go-lucky spree through the big city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper.
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
JE WEITZ

In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum's artworks.