Wordless Picture Books

Wordless picture books serve as the initial step towards real reading. Their stories are told entirely through a sequence of illustrations. As children follow the pictures, they verbalize the action in their own words, a process that builds vocabulary and comprehension skills. Children may interpret the stories in their own way, and in the process, learn that stories have a beginning, middle, and an ending.

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The Snowman
Artist/Author/Cast:
Briggs, Raymond (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Briggs
Description:

A little boy has a wonderful winter adventure when the snowman he builds springs magically to life.

Time Flies
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rohmann, Eric
Call Number:
JP Rohmann
Description:

A bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit has an unsettling experience when the dinosaur seems to come to life.

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sís, Peter (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Sis
Description:

As a little boy cleans up his room, he gives one word descriptions of the work his toy trucks do.

Wave
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lee, Suzy
Call Number:
JP Lee
Description:

A little girl is scared of the beach at first, then begins to have fun.

Why?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Popov, Nikolai (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Popov
Description:

Through pictures, the author has created a book to impress upon children the senselessness of fighting.

Window
Artist/Author/Cast:
Baker, Jeannie (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Baker
Description:

A wordless picture book depicts the passage of time with scenes observed through the window of a child's room.

You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
Artist/Author/Cast:
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss; Glasser, Robin Preiss (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Weitzman
Description:

While a girl and her grandmother visit the Met, the balloon she must leave outside has its own adventures.

Zoom
Artist/Author/Cast:
Banyai, Istvan
Call Number:
JP Banyai
Description:

Hang on as pictures zoom in, and then out. Just when you think you know where you are, guess again.

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