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Top 10 Tuesday: (New) Wordless Picture Books

September 26, 2017

My goodness I love wordless picture books! There's something about stripping away all of the words in the story and allowing the storytelling to rely solely on what your eyes read in the art and this altogether commanding to me. Wordless picture books often can take much, much longer to read that text-based storytelling because the reader must closely examine each illustration to see what he or she can infer from what the clues provided by the illustrator. Each of the stories on this list are doing something special in their wordless storytelling. One story uses paneled art to bring a child into an unfamiliar setting in search of a lost lovey. One brings a child into a snowy wilderness amidst threatening wildlife in order to show us compassion. One story illuminates the professional life of animals using exquisite art that will have the reader questioning the story at every turn. And another communicates wordlessly how animals survive and thrive in the wild in a wordless expository nonfiction book unlike anything I've seen before in a decade plus of librarianship.


Bring this list to your local library or independent bookstore and add your own favorites in the comments below!




Bee & Me by Alison Jay
Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi
Lines by Suzy Lee
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli, Mariachiara Di Giorgio (Illustrator)
Storyworlds: Nature by Thomas Hegbrook
That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares
The Whale by Vita Murrow, Ethan Murrow (Illustrator)
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
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