Wordless Picture Books

A former Woozle is now working in New York City as a child life specialist, and when she recently asked for some recommendations for kids who either aren’t yet reading, don’t speak English, or have learning disabilities for use in her practice I thought that posting a selection of wordless pictures books online would not only make a great resource for her, but might appeal to others as well.

This is a question we are asked often in the store, and for at least the last ten years we have been compiling a list for our own reference. Some of the titles mentioned here are no longer in print so they may be more difficult to track down. If there are any wordless picture books that aren’t on the list that you think we should add (no doubt there are many!), we’d love to hear from you: you can email the blog at woozlesbooks@gmail.com.

Here are some of our favourites, as well as some more recent additions to the list:

Anno’s Journey, by Mitsumasa Anno
Grandpa’s Snowman, by Gary Barwin
Clown, by Quentin Blake
The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs
A Small Miracle, by Peter Collington
The Angel and the Soldier Boy, by Peter Collington
Midnight Circus, by Peter Collington

Carl (series), by Alexandra Day
Finding Kate’s Shoes, by Erica Dornbusch
Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins
Red Book, by Barbara Lehman
Boy, a Dog, a Frog and a Friend (series), by Mercer Mayer
Ah-Choo, by Mercer Mayer

Moonlight, by Jan Ormerod
Sunshine, by Jan Ormerod
Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie de Paola
Why?, by Popov
Rain, by Peter Spier
Noah’s Ark, by Peter Spier

Ben’s Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg
Ben’s Big Dig, by Daniel Wakeman
Sector 7, by David Wiesner
Tuesday, by David Wiesner
Free Fall, by David Wiesner
You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum, by Jacqueline Weitzman and Robin Glasser

Recent titles

Treasure Bath, by Dan Andreasen
Beaver is Lost, by Elisha Cooper
How to Heal a Broken Wing, by Bob Graham
Mirror, by Suzy Lee
Shadow, by Suzy Lee
Wave, by Suzy Lee

South, by Patrick McDonnell
Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
Chalk, by Bill Thomson

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