Any book that relies primarily on the pictures to tell the story, rather than text, is considered a wordless picture book. Some books have a small amount of text either at the beginning or sporadically spread through the pages; the majority of the book is made up of pictures geared toward making the reader's brain work creatively to interpret it.
Here are some of my favorite wordless picture books to get you started; listen to my 3rd podcast episode to learn all about why wordless picture books are an important component of literacy!
WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS LIST:
1. The Lion & The Mouse
by: Jerry Pinkney
(An adaptation of Aesop's fable about the mouse and the lion; Caldecott award winner!)
2. Good Dog, Carl
by: Alexandra Day
(Carl, the dog, is left behind to babysit the baby while Mom runs some errands. It turns into quite an adventure at the house while she's gone, but she will never know any differently once she arrives home.)
by: Aaron Becker
(After she draws a door on her bedroom wall, a little girl ventures forth into a land full of adventure. With her red marker in hand, not unlike Harold and the Purple Crayon she creates a boat and a balloon to carry her on a fantastic journey.)
4. Red Sled
by: Lita Judge
(Some woodland creatures take an abandoned child's sled for a nighttime ride. There are some sound effects, but it's mostly a wordless picture book.)
by: Bill Thomson
(Some kids are bored on a rainy day and decide to start drawing with a bag of chalk. One of their drawings is a giant dinosaur, that magically comes to life!)
6. Good Dog, Carl
by: Alexandra Day
(Mom has to leave to go on some errands so she leaves Carl, the dog, in charge while she's gone. Carl and the baby get into all sorts of mischief, but he gets it cleaned up before Mom gets back.)
There are actually several Carl books in this series.
by: Lizi Boyd
(An exploration of nature, night, and art, while simultaneously trying to lighten the fear of things that are hiding in teh dark.)
8. Mr. Wuffles
by: David Wiesner
(Mr. Wuffles is not your typical cat; he prefers playing with a toy alien ship with actual aliens inside it. The aliens decide to get away from him because they are being treated so roughly.)
9. Flora & the Penguin
by: Molly Idle
(Flora wants to be an ice-skater and forms a friendship with a penguin.)
10. The Red Book (Caldecott Honor)
by: Barbara Lehman
(A young girl takes a red book with her to cross oceans as she goes to meet somebody she's never met before--a new friend; it is full of unique illustrations with rare detail.)
Hi, I'm Katie! I'm 33 years old, love the outdoors, reading books & being a mama! And I also enjoy literacy research for my podcast.