Wordless Books

December 10th, 2009 by Eliza Eliza

One of my favorite customers comes in regularly looking for books to send to her grandchildren in Japan.  The children don’t read English well, but she still loves sending them books, and so she’s always looking for new suggestions for books with fabulous illustrations with little or no text.  There’s just something so universal about being able to read a story simply through its pictures, without any barriers or language or age, don’t you think?

Some of my favorite books to recommend are:

Flotsam red book

Flotsam by David Weisner and The Red Book by Barbara Lehman.

mazescapes wonder bear

Mazescapes by Roxie Munro and Tao Nyeu’s Wonder Bear are also great hits.

But, hands-down, my favorite wordless book has to be

adventures of polo

The Adventures of Polo by Régis Faller.  It has cheerful, bright illustrations that narrate a fantastical and almost dream-like journey and, best of all, it’s truly a hit with all ages.

What’s your favorite wordless picture book?

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10 Responses to “Wordless Books”

  1. Meghan says:

    I also like Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman.

  2. Peter Littell says:

    I love Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes’ “Sidewalk Circus”. It’s all about seeing the circus in everyday life.

  3. Eliza! You’re clever and lovely. :) Congrats to you and Andy on the Carle blog!

    In response to your post, here are some of my favorite picture books with little or no text:

    The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – but is that almost too obvious to say?
    Wave by Suzy Lee
    the Carl books by Alexandra Day
    Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
    and Picture This… by Alison Jay

  4. HeatherJ says:

    Great recommendations, Eliza!

  5. Molly says:

    Great suggestions Eliza – The Red Book is one of my all-time favorites. You are so clever! ;)

  6. Emily says:

    I can’t wait to check out The Adventures of Polo! I love The Red Book and Museum Trip, too. I second Rebecca’s suggestion of The Lion and the Mouse…and what about Molly Bang’s Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher? So many wonderful, wordless picture books out there. Thanks for this clever, lovely entry, Eliza — I’ll look forward to many more!

  7. Alison says:

    Clever, lovely, and informative!

  8. Lillian says:

    Your suggestions are fabulous! :) The only other one I can think of, and my daughter loves, is You Can’t Take a Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum by Jaqueline P. Weitzman and illustrated by her sister Robin P. Glasser.

  9. Heather G says:

    What wonderful suggestions! You are so clever and lovely!

  10. Andrea says:

    Our recently discovered wordless favorite is Clown by Quentin Blake – really sweet story and always love his illustrations.

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