A Roundup of the Best 4 Wordless Children's Board Books

Updated Mar. 12, 2019

Wordless books are a special and beautiful genre within the children's book world. They're a wonderful tool for developing your (and your child's!) imagination, requiring you to interact more with the book as you choose what story evolves from its pages... and it can be different every time! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that's definitely true in this collection of wonderfully illustrated wordless books we've compiled for you!

Good Night, Gorilla book
#1
Good Night, Gorilla
Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

What can you say about such a beloved classic? This book has words, but there are plenty of pages devoid of them where the reader is left to figure out what's about to happen from the illustrations. It's humorous and doesn't spell every little thing out, but provides just enough clues that my 2.5-year-old was able to piece together what was happening. As we've read it several times over, he enjoys pointing out how the gorilla is going to help the other animals from their cages.

A must-have board book for all babies. Good night, Gorilla. Good night, Elephant. It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who’s that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin? Good night, Giraffe. Good night, Hyena. Sneak along behind the zookeeper’s back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

A Ball for Daisy book
#2
A Ball for Daisy
Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A wordless picture book shows the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

One Yellow Ribbon book
#3
One Yellow Ribbon
Written by and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is so beautiful! The creator did an amazing job integrating the yellow ribbon into the pictures and displaying her creativity. I love that the ribbon is something fun for little ones to pick out in the different scenes. This book doesn't have any words, and I think it's a great addition to any library as it's a little more different and unique. :)

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

One Patch of Blue book
#4
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.

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