Wonderful Wordless Books

You don't always have to use words to tell a story -- sometimes an author-illustrator can convey plot and characters with only pictures. And, without text, the "reader" can narrate the story, even changing the details each time. Check out some of our favorite wordless wonders, from picture books for preschoolers to an award-winning middle grade chapter book. You'll find more visually stunning storytelling on these lists: Picture Books and Caldecott Medal and Honor Books

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Red Sled Book Poster Image
Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime.
By Lita Judge
(2012)
(2011)
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A Ball for Daisy Book Poster Image
Wordless story of dog's ball loss mirrors kids' emotions.
By Chris Raschka
(2012)
(2011)
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Flora and the Flamingo Book Poster Image
Girl makes a feathered friend in whimsical, wordless outing.
By Molly Idle
(2013)
(2013)
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Flora and the Peacocks Book Poster Image
Gorgeous look at negotiating a three-way friendship.
By Molly Idle
(2016)
(2016)
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Flora and the Penguin Book Poster Image
Girl gets a skating partner in wintry wordless whirl.
By Molly Idle
(2014)
(2014)
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The Lion and the Mouse Book Poster Image
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2010)
(2009)
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Anno's U.S.A. Book Poster Image
A wordless witness to history.
By Mitsumasa Anno
(2005)
(2000)
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Draw! Book Poster Image
Wildly imaginative wordless book celebrates art and drawing.
By Raúl Colón
(2014)
(2014)
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The Farmer and the Clown Book Poster Image
Two strangers form an unlikely bond in sweet wordless tale.
By Marla Frazee
(2014)
(2014)
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Flotsam Book Poster Image
Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
By David Wiesner
(2007)
(2006)
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Follow Carl! Book Poster Image
Wordless story will delight children & dog lovers.
By Alexandra Day
(2003)
(1998)
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Quest Book Poster Image
Visually captivating story is full of adventure, wonder.
By Aaron Becker
(2014)
(2014)
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The Red Book Book Poster Image
Wildly original wordless book deconstructs magic of reading.
By Barbara Lehman
(2013)
(2004)
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Return Book Poster Image
Wondrous finale to fantastical wordless trilogy.
By Aaron Becker
(2016)
(2016)
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Sidewalk Flowers Book Poster Image
Girl stops to enjoy the flowers in lovely wordless story.
By JonArno Lawson
(2015)
(2015)
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Journey Book Poster Image
Enchanting art, wordless fantasy lead kids to tell story.
By Aaron Becker
(2013)
(2013)
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Museum Trip Book Poster Image
Boy dives into mazes in wordless, imaginative adventure.
By Barbara Lehman
(2007)
(2006)
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Professional Crocodile Book Poster Image
Crocodile heads to work in charming, witty wordless book.
By Giovanna Zoboli
(2017)
(2017)
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A Stone for Sascha Book Poster Image
Beautiful art in wordless tale of loss and passage of time.
By Aaron Becker
(2018)
(2018)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
(2007)
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The Arrival Book Poster Image
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
(2007)
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