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Wordless Picture Books


We have an amazing collection of wordless picture books in the library. Below are some of the best, but by no means all that we have. If you would like to do a unit using wordless picture books, search for "Stories without Words," in our online library catalog.
Chalk, by Bill ThomsonA wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.chalk.aspx
Draw! by Raul Colon
In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch 
pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.

The farmer and the clown, by Marla Frazee
A nearly wordless picture book in which a farmer rescues a baby clown who has bounced off the circus train,
and takes very good care of him until he can reunite the tot with his clown family.

Flotsam, by David WiesnerWhen a young boy discovers a camera on the beach and develops the film, he finds with his microscope many layers of pictures within the photographs.
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Fossil, by Bill Thomson 
When a boy discovers that breaking open rocks with fossils brings the fossils back to life, 
he ends up bringing something back that is bigger than he can handle.

The girl and the bicycle, by Mark Pett A wordless picture book in which 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.

Home, by Jeannie Baker A wordless picture book that observes the changes in a neighborhood from before a girl is born until she is an adult, as it first decays and then is renewed by the efforts of the residents.

Journey, by Aaron Becker
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.

The lion and the mouse, retold by Jerry Pinkney (Aesop)In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves thateven small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle. 
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Museum trip, by Barbara Lehman
In this wordless picture book, a boy imagines himself inside some
of the exhibits when he goes on a field trip to a museum.

Spot, the cat, by Henry Cole
In this wordless picture book, a cat named Spot ventures out an open window and
 through a city on a journey, while his owner tries to find him.

Time flies, by Eric RohmannA wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit in a museum has an unsettling experience when it finds itself back in the time of living dinosaurs.
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Tuesday, by David Wiesner Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
The typewriter, by Bill ThomsonIn this picture book with few words, three children find a typewriter on a carousel, and begin an adventure that helps them discover the wonder of words.Image of item
You can't take a balloon into the Metropolitan Museum, by Jacqueline Preiss WeitzmanIn 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.


Click on the links to go to some great information on how to use wordless books:

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