Wordless / Picture-only Books

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it would take 560 of them to convey the entirety of War and Peace. While that might be a good option if you're short on time, you aren't going to get a good sense of the complexities and depth of Tolstoy's masterpiece in pictures alone.

Fortunately for the visual among us, text-laden volumes aren't the last word on good fiction. If Raymond Briggs had muddled up The Snowman with words it wouldn't be a beloved classic. A few picture-only books might have one or two words, but in general they rely on illustrations to communicate a complete story.

Why would I want to give my kids a book with no words? you may wonder. I want MY kids to READ.

Well, we want our kids to read, too. We also want them to enjoy books, and to have active imaginations fuelled with innocence, wonder and genuine creativity. There are many storybooks that can help us toward that end, but there's one thing a picture-only book can do that no amount of words piled on each other is capable of—it can force children to tell their own story.

Granted, the pictures convey all the basics. But having your kids narrate the events and emotions depicted is a great exercise for them and probably lots of fun for you when they start saying those ridiculous things children seem so adept at producing. There's even a good chance you'll go back to the book later, alone, and re-tell the story in your own words.

Good illustrations are magic. You won't find incantations in these books, but you will enough beauty and wonder to put "readers" of any age under their spell for a long time.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Alphabetical Label Book
by Marilyn Blaisdell
from Marilyn Blaisdell
for Adult
in Interior Decoration (Location: C08-07B)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Anno's Britain
by Mitsumasa Anno
1st edition from Philomel Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.20 (1 in stock)
Anno's Flea Market
by Mitsumasa Anno
1st edition from Philomel Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.20 (1 in stock)
Anno's Italy
by Mitsumasa Anno
1st U.S. ed from Philomel Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.55 (1 in stock)
Anno's Journey
by Mitsumasa Anno
from Puffin Books
for 2nd-Adult
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Anno's Journey
by Mitsumasa Anno
from Philomel Books
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.20 (1 in stock)
Ball for Daisy
by Chris Raschka
from Schwartz & Wade
for Preschool-2nd grade
2012 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$17.99
Boy, a Dog, a Frog
by Mercer Mayer
from Dial Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
Boy, a Dog, a Frog, and a Friend
by Mercer & Marianna Mayer
from Dial Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
Carl Goes Shopping
by Alexandra Day
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Picture-only Books for Nursery-Preschool
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.55 (1 in stock)
Carl's Afternoon in the Park
by Alexandra Day
from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.30 (1 in stock)
Feather
by Stacy Hogue
from Pine Tree Publishing
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Flotsam
by David Wiesner
from Clarion Books
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
2007 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$17.99
Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann
from Penguin Putnam
Picture Only Books for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$7.99
Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann
from Scholastic Inc.
Picture Only Books for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$2.45 (1 in stock)
Journey
Journey Trilogy #1
by Aaron Becker
1st edition from Candlewick Press
for Preschool-4th grade
2014 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$15.99
Lion & the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
from Little, Brown & Company
for Nursery-1st
2010 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$18.00
Noah's Ark
by Peter Spier
from Dell Publishing
Bible Stories for Preschool-2nd grade
1978 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Pancakes for Breakfast
by Tomie DePaola
from Harcourt, Brace & World
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.20 (1 in stock)
People
by Blexbolex
from Enchanted Lion Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$19.95
Quest
Journey Trilogy #2
by Aaron Becker
from Candlewick Press
for PRes
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$15.99
Rocket Boy
by Damon Lehrer
from David R. Godine
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Window
by Jeannie Baker
from Greenwillow Books
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$3.15 (1 in stock)