The Best Wordless Picture Books

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The best wordless picture books are learning tools for children of all ages. You can appreciate the visual story, sequence, infer, imagine, predict, learn story structure (beginning, middle, end,) consider theme, learn vocabulary (English Language Learners, too!) or use to inspire writing.  Here are newly published wordless picture books you’ll want to know about.

I’ve found several amazing wordless picture books that have just been published recently you’re going to love.

Get clever reading and writing ideas for your wordless picture books here!

Wordless Picture Books

The best wordless picture books
Bee & Bird,
written and illustrated by Craig Frazier
A bird’s journey captured in vivid colors. Watch on YouTube.

The best wordless picture books
A Ball for Daisy
by Chris Raschka
When a bigger dog accidentally ruins Daisy’s favorite ball, she feels such loss and sadness. We are reminded in this hopeful ending that sadness doesn’t last forever.


The best wordless picture books
The Conductor
by Laetitia Devernay
The Conductor climbs to the tallest tree in the forest of verdant circle-topped trees, raises his baton, and begins the concert. The tree leaves become leafy birds who soar off to fly, filling the skies with patterns and shapes in white, green, and creme. When the trees are empty, he bows. He climbs down and the bird-leaves begin to return to the trees while the man plants a seed that will grow into a new tree. Exquisite.

The best wordless picture books
The Umbrella
by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
The red umbrella carries a small scottie dog from his leaf-blown street to the African savanna, the waves of the ocean, deep below the sea, a monkey-filled jungle, icy polar regions, and finally back home to his street. He prances off, leaving a black cat to investigate the red umbrella . . .

The best wordless picture books
No Dogs Allowed! by Linda Ashman and Kristin Sorra
What a gorgeous book with a very clear sequence and turn of events. I really love this book, and if you love animals, so will you. Plus, Linda Ashman is a fellow Denverite!! The owner, Alberto, of a fancy bistro turns away a young customer and his dog and replaces his Welcome sign with a NO Dogs Allowed sign. More customers with animals of every kind – cat, kangaroos, elephant – arrive and are turned away. The customers and their animals all congregate at the plaza fountain and lemonade stand. Alberto changes his ways by serving everyone cupcakes, welcoming them all back, and renaming his restaurant, All Critters Bistro.

Reading Activities To Do With Wordless Picture Books

–> Child “reads” the story to you using the pictures to say what’s happening.

–> Write the story on sticky notes – talk about the sequence of events. Mix up and reorder.

–> Write words about the story on sticky notes. Make into a poem.

–> Write your own wordless picture book.

–> Talk about the pictures – use this to build vocabulary, model making connections, notice the illustrator’s techniques.

–> Imagine what sounds and dialogue would be happening in the storyl

–> Predict what will happen next.

–> Talk about plot elements, beginning, middle, and end.

–> Act out the story.

–> Older Kids: Look at the illustrations throughout the book. Notice the color choices. Does that have any significance? What emotion do you feel when you see all the illustrations? What connections to the story do you have? How do your connections help you infer the overall message of the story? What, in your opinion, is that message (or theme)?

More Books 

The best wordless picture books The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Zoom by Istvan Banyai
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
Owly & Wormy, Friends All Aflutter by Andy Runton
Flotsam by David Wiesner
The Snowmane by Raymond Briggs
Wave by Suzy Lee
Shadow by Suzy Lee
Truck by Donald Crews
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
No! by David McPhail
Hug by Jez Alborough
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
All in a Day by Mitsumasa Anno
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

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  1. nhvwriter says:

    Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier is excellent.

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