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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Wordless Books

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?


Friday, December 12, 2009 - 9:30 am
I also like Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman.
Peter Littell
Friday, December 12, 2009 - 2:34 pm
I love Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes' "Sidewalk Circus". It's all about seeing the circus in everyday life.
Rebecca, of the Odyssey Bookshop
Friday, December 12, 2009 - 3:05 pm
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
Friday, December 12, 2009 - 3:26 pm
Great recommendations, Eliza!
Friday, December 12, 2009 - 8:37 pm
Great suggestions Eliza - The Red Book is one of my all-time favorites. You are so clever! ;)
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 9:39 am
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!
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm
Clever, lovely, and informative!
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 2:14 pm
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.
Heather G
Wednesday, December 12, 2009 - 10:56 am
What wonderful suggestions! You are so clever and lovely!
Friday, January 1, 2010 - 12:07 pm
Our recently discovered wordless favorite is Clown by Quentin Blake - really sweet story and always love his illustrations.

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