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Wordless Picture Books

Wordless picture books are great to share with kids. Start a conversation about what you see on the page, and tell your own story!

Cover of The midnight fair
Gideon
Sterer
Mariachiara Di Giorgio
2020

A fairground in the evening is a glowing beacon of treats and delights. Bright lights paint the midway in cotton-candy pink, lemon yellow, and candy-apple red. Alluring prizes invite folks to try a game of skill or chance. The aromas of spun sugar, warm popcorn, and baking pretzels fill the air. It is any wonder, then, that after the lights go out and the people go home, the creatures in the nearby forest want to take their turn in this color-soaked fantasyland? Join them as they take a wild joyride through the magical, marvelous midnight fair!

 

Cover of Oscar's tower of flowers
Lauren
Tobias
2021

Staying in his Nana's apartment while his mother is away, young Oscar helps tend a thriving flower garden that he then shares with neighbors in his community.

 

Cover of One summer up north
John
Owens
2020

A wordless picture-book journey through the Boundary Waters, canoeing and camping with a family as they encounter the northwoods wilderness in all its spectacular beauty.

 

Cover of Dandelion's dream
Yoko
Tanaka
2020

In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion! Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail, complete with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots-- there are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion's field in full bloom. A happy little dandelion views the world with wonder in this wordless story about enjoying life to the fullest.

 

Cover of Hike
Pete
Oswald
2020

A father and child head out on a hike, keeping a cherished family tradition alive.

 

Cover of Over the shop
Jon
Lawson
Qin Leng
2021

A lonely little girl and her grandparent need to fill the run-down apartment in their building. But taking over the quarters above their store will mean major renovations for the new occupants, and none of the potential renters can envision the possibilities of the space--until one special couple shows up. With their ingenuity, the little girl's big heart, and heaps of hard work, the desperate fixer-upper begins to change in lovely and surprising ways

 

Cover of The egg
Geraldo
Valério
2020

As this wordless story opens, a crane lays an egg and contentedly sits on it. But when a gust of wind from a sudden storm blows the egg from the nest, the heartbroken crane flies away. And then, from high overhead, the bird spots something. Upon closer inspection, it appears to be an egg. And since it seems to be all alone, the crane takes it back to the nest and incubates it. When sounds start coming from the egg and it's time to hatch, what emerges, surprisingly, is a human baby! No matter: the crane is delighted, and showers the child with love. They even go on a high-flying adventure with other bird parents and their young ones--including not only a baby bird, but also a cat, a pig, a rabbit, a fish, and other humans--before returning home to the nest at dusk for a cozy, cuddly sleep. This is one reading of this story. Since this is a wordless book, the images are open to interpretation, and there is lots of "space" that any child or reader's imagination might fill-in in different ways.

 

Cover of One little bag: an amazing
Henry
Cole
2020

In pictures without words, the reader follows the journey of one brown paper bag from a tree in the forest through the years it is used by three generations of one family until eventually the old bag becomes the container in which a new tree is planted.

 

Cover of One afternoon
Xinyu
Sun
2020

This wordless picture book simultaneously shares the story of a young art designer who takes a bike tour through the streets of Taipei and the designer's dog, who is stuck at home with nothing to do but waste away the hours until ... oh, but that would be telling!