Best Children's Books About Wordless

36 Children's Books About Wordless

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
One Yellow Ribbon book
#1
One Yellow Ribbon
Written by and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A wordless board book that follows the journey of one yellow ribbon as it transforms into many other objects.

One Patch of Blue book
#2
One Patch of Blue
Written by and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A wordless board book that follows the journey of one patch of denim as it escapes from a pair of pants and transforms into many other objects.

The Bored Book book
#3
The Bored Book
Written by David Michael Slater and illustrated by Doug Keith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

A brother and sister are bored and irritated visiting their grandfather. There's no TV, no video games or computers - only books! Sent by their grandfather into the attic, they discover a dusty volume that is unlike all the others. When they open it, it expands into a giant map. As the map grows larger and larger, filling the attic, the children fall into adventures that take them all over the world, face to face with sharks, pirates, knights, even an abominable snowman. Suddenly their visit is anything but boring! The Bored Book uses stunning illustrations, with no text, to remind youngsters of the unique adventures to be found in books. The hardcover edition of The Bored Book was nominated for the 2011 Sakura Medal.

Breakfast for Jack book
#4
Breakfast for Jack
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

In this wordless picture book, there's a lot going on at Jack's house, and someone forgot to feed him.

Free Fall book
#5
Free Fall
Written and illustrated by David Wiesner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When he falls asleep with a book in his arms, a young boy dreams an amazing dream-about dragons, about castles, and about an unchartered, faraway land. And you can come along.

Noah's Ark book
#6
Noah's Ark
Written and illustrated by Peter Spier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.

Museum Trip book
#7
Museum Trip
Written and illustrated by Barbara Lehman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this wordless picture book, a boy imagines himself inside some of the exhibits when he goes on a field trip to a museum.

Bee & Me book
#8
Bee & Me
Written and illustrated by Alison Jay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A beautiful wordless picture book brings a personal note to the plight of the honeybee and offers a message of hope. A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. In a wordless story told through enchanting illustrations, Bee & Me tells a tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay's original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees. An afterword makes clear to readers the important role these endangered insects play.

Once Upon a Snowstorm book
#9
Once Upon a Snowstorm
Written and illustrated by Richard Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

The story of a father and his son who live by themselves in a cosy cabin in the woods. But, one day they are separated out in the beautifully falling snow. The boy is lost and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is surrounded by blinking eyes, a rabbit, a fox, an owl and all manner of other creatures have surrounded him! But with a bear hug he and the woodland animals become best of friends! But soon he misses his dad and so the animals bring him back home. The father opens up his heart and home, and lets nature and love envelop their previously lonely existence.

Brick by Brick book
#10
Brick by Brick
Written and illustrated by Giuliano Ferri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A little mouse innocently plucks a flower from an old wall when a brick comes loose, and he can see through it for the first time. He and the other animals gradually and resolutely remove more and more bricks, until at last they can see another group of animals. Together they use the bricks that once divided them to construct a bridge to join their islands. This clever and touching wordless board book shows that walls can become bridges when everyone works together. It's a hopeful message that all children should see now.

Flora and the Flamingo book
#11
Flora and the Flamingo
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

The Lion & the Mouse book
#12
The Lion & the Mouse
Written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

The Red Book book
#13
The Red Book
Written and illustrated by Barbara Lehman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In detailed illustrations, a young girl crosses oceans and continents to meet a new friend, in a wordless book-within-a-book story.

Where's Walrus? book
#14
Where's Walrus?
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Follows Walrus on a journey through the city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper.

Peter Spier's Rain book
#15
Peter Spier's Rain
Written and illustrated by Peter Spier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This wordless picture book captures the beauty and wonder of a brother and sister's joyous experiences in the rain. Come along as they explore their neighborhood, splash through puddles, see where the animals hide, and make footprints in the mud. From the first small drops of rain to the clear blue sky of a bright new morning, Peter Spier's Rain will delight parents and children again and again.

Tuesday book
#16
Tuesday
Written and illustrated by David Wiesner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

The Only Child book
#17
The Only Child
Written and illustrated by Guojing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

Like Shaun Tan's The Arrival and Raymond Briggs's The Snowman, this gorgeous and imaginative 100-page graphic picture book is utterly transporting and original. A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But . . . home and family are very far away. How will she get back there? In this magnificently illustrated—and wordless—masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy.

Skunk on a String book
#18
Skunk on a String
Written and illustrated by Thao Lam
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a skunk gets his foot caught in the string of a helium balloon, he finds himself blown through unfamiliar landscapes. What's a skunk to do?

Wonder Bear book
#19
Wonder Bear
Written and illustrated by Tao Nyeu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Making her debut with this publication of her M.F.A. thesis project, Nyeu tells the wordless story of two children who cultivate an enormous beanstalk-like plant, which in turn sprouts the titular bear, all in one night. With help from Wonder Bear's magical blue hat, the children are treated to a series of fantastic spectacles and adventures, culminating in a ride through the sky on the back of a royal dolphin in the company of other sea creatures.

Red Sled book
#20
Red Sled
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled.

Flotsam book
#21
Flotsam
Written and illustrated by David Wiesner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Flashlight book
#22
Flashlight
Written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.

Good Dog, Carl book
#23
Good Dog, Carl
Written and illustrated by Alexandra Day
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Available in paperback for the first time, the modern classic that introduced the beloved baby-sitting rottweiler to the world.

Unspoken book
#24
Unspoken
Written and illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Once Upon a Banana book
#25
Once Upon a Banana
Written and illustrated by David Small, Jennifer Armstrong
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyday signs serve as captions for this pictorial tale of what happens after a man tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses.

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