Wordless books for any age

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Wordless books for any age

Try “reading the pictures” in these detailed and intriguing wordless picture books. Reading Rockets says “sharing wordless books is a terrific way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, comprehension and an increased awareness of how stories are structured.” Check out the full article that includes tips for reading wordless picture books with your child.


Ages 0-3

    • Tafuri, Nancy.
      Have you seen my duckling?
      Summary:A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.


Ages 3-6

    • Boyd, Lizi
      Summary:In this story without words, a boy explores the woods after dark with a flashlight.

    • Idle, Molly Schaar
      Flora and the penguin
      Summary:In this wordless, lift-the-flap picture book, Flora and her new friend, the penguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.

    • Raschka, Christopher.
      A ball for Daisy
      Summary:A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost. This story is about what it is like to lose something special, and find a friend.

    • Rathmann, Peggy.
      Good night, Gorilla
      Summary:An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.


Ages 6-9

    • Anno, Mitsumasa
      Anno’s journey
      Summary:Records in drawings the author’s journey through northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore, and fairy tales.

    • Becker, Aaron
      Summary: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.

    • Lehman, Barbara
      Red again
      Summary:When a young boy discovers an abandoned book on the side of the road, it opens a window to another world just as real as his own. But what happens when the two worlds collide?

    • Thomson, Bill
      Summary:A 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.

    • Wiesner, David
      Summary:When 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.

    • Wiesner, David.
      Summary:Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.


Ages 9-12

    • Wiesner, David
      I got it!
      Summary:In this wordless picture book, a young outfielder imagines all the terrifying ways he might not catch the baseball, and one way that he can.