Books Without Words

One of our favorite things here in the Children’s Room is something you might not expect from a bunch of literature lovers: wordless picture books! 

Wordless picture books are totally underrated, and they’re amazing for a multitude of reasons:

  • They encourage the development of visual literacy
  • They foster observational skills
  • They foster storytelling in folks of all ages, kids and adults
  • There is no written language barrier
  • They’re beautiful, engaging, and creative! 

Here are ten of my personal favorites, for kids AND grown-ups:

Another by Christian Robinson | Robinson’s signature use of white space, strong geometric shapes, and bold color comes alive in his latest.


Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso | Alonso’s first wordless picture book is a visual treat, filled with bold colors and dreamy sequences. 


Draw the Line by Kathryn OtoshiOtoshi’s use of the gutter is just *chef kiss*


Flora and the Flamingo by Molly IdleIdle’s background as an animator shines through in one of my all-time favorite picture books (IT. IS. A. MASTERPIECE!)


Lines by Suzy LeeLee’s books are always so quiet but SO excellent.


Owl Bat, Bat Owl by Marie-Louise FitzpatrickSo adorable! So endearing! 


Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli & Mariachiara di GiorgioThis is easily one of my favorite picture books. It’s so quiet and gently humorous and has such a rewarding ending!


Skunk on a String by Thao LamA paper collage wordless picture book is rare, and Lam brings humor and heart to her dynamic art.


Where’s Walrus by Steve SavageWonderful, silly fun!


Wolf in the Snow by Matthew CordellCordell’s Caldecott-winner is so emotionally evocative!


Looking for tips and tricks on how to get more comfortable with wordless picture books or picture books in general? Check out Reading Picture Books with Children, one of the most useful books I’ve ever read! Can’t get enough of wordless picture books? Stop by the children’s room to get more recommendations or chat about your favorites! 

– Kazia, WFPL Children’s Librarian




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