A picture book illustration is a powerful thing. It can echo the text, and it can also enhance it. A tiny background detail can add a humorous note or deepen emotional expression. And sometimes, illustrations can tell a story all on their own.
Wordless picture books offer an opportunity for readers to dream up contexts, motivations and dialogue. This can encourage beginning or reluctant readers by allowing them to control the story as they develop vocabulary—and it’s fun to do.
Wordless books are even used in speech therapy to stimulate spontaneous speech. Check out these wordless picture books for stories worth a thousand words–or as many as you like.
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A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.
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.
Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain.
A wordless picture book that follows the experiences of a young Asian boy whose family emigrates to the United States. Includes brief information about the author’s own experiences as the child of immigrants.
In this story without words, a boy and his dog play inside and outside of their home.
Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat’s territory to make emergency repairs. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla, as video on Hoopla or as video with read along on Hoopla.
A little girl uses her imagination and a light bulb to go on an adventure in a dark attic.
Follows the journey of a truck from loading to unloading.
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.