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

age 2+

Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime.

By: Lita Judge (2011)
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A Ball for Daisy

age 3+

Wordless story of dog's ball loss mirrors kids' emotions.

By: Chris Raschka (2011)
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Flora and the Flamingo

age 3+

Girl makes a feathered friend in whimsical, wordless outing.

By: Molly Idle (2013)
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Flora and the Peacocks

age 3+

Gorgeous look at negotiating a three-way friendship.

By: Molly Idle (2016)
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Flora and the Penguin

age 3+

Girl gets a skating partner in wintry wordless whirl.

By: Molly Idle (2014)
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The Lion & the Mouse

age 3+

Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.

By: Jerry Pinkney (2009)
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Anno's U.S.A.

age 4+

A wordless witness to history.

By: Mitsumasa Anno (2000)
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Another

age 4+

Girl meets her match in mind-bending upside-down world.

By: Christian Robinson (2019)
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Draw!

age 4+

Wildly imaginative wordless book celebrates art and drawing.

By: Raúl Colón (2014)
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The Farmer and the Clown

age 4+

Two strangers form an unlikely bond in sweet wordless tale.

By: Marla Frazee (2014)
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Flotsam

age 4+

Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.

By: David Wiesner (2006)
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Follow Carl!

age 4+

Wordless story will delight children & dog lovers.

By: Alexandra Day (1998)
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Imagine!

age 4+

Wordless book celebrates art with magical trip to museum.

By: Raúl Colón (2018)
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Quest

age 4+

Visually captivating story is full of adventure, wonder.

By: Aaron Becker (2014)
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The Red Book

age 4+

Wildly original wordless book deconstructs magic of reading.

By: Barbara Lehman (2004)
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Return

age 4+

Wondrous finale to fantastical wordless trilogy.

By: Aaron Becker (2016)
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Sidewalk Flowers

age 4+

Girl stops to enjoy the flowers in lovely wordless story.

By: JonArno Lawson (2015)
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Wolf in the Snow

age 4+

Girl rescues lost wolf pup in wordless tale of compassion.

By: Matthew Cordell (2018)
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Journey

age 5+

Enchanting art, wordless fantasy lead kids to tell story.

By: Aaron Becker (2013)
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Museum Trip

age 5+

Boy dives into mazes in wordless, imaginative adventure.

By: Barbara Lehman (2006)
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