Wordless Picture Books

picture books

When I was small, my aunt gave me two books that I just loved — they were wordless picture books. I would look through them again and again, making up the story as I went along.

As one of the first steps towards reading, wordless picture books reveal an entire story through the illustrations. As children “read” the stories, they verbalize what they see happening, creating a beginning, middle, and ending to the book.

While I’m not sure what happened to my books over the years, and I haven’t found them in print anywhere, there are other wordless picture books that your children can enjoy:

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle

A band of animals travels by train to the zoo.

Eric Carle’s Blog

The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers

After a small boy enters an empty theater, he goes on a time-traveling adventure.

on Amazon.com

Carl’s Masquerade by Alexandra Day

Carl the dog takes the baby to a masquerade party.

on Amazon.com

Clown by Quentin Blake

After a small toy clown gets put in the garage, he tries to find a new home.


Flotsam by David Wiesner

A small boy finds a camera on the beach and discovers what happens when it becomes a piece of flotsam.

Tuesday by David Wiesner

When the sun goes down Tuesday night, the frogs begin to fly.

The Art Visual Storytelling

Jack and the Night Visitors by Pat Schories

A young boy and his dog meet some tiny visitors from space.


A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer

A boy and his dog try to work at catching a frog.


Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri

A mother duck searches for her one missing duckling around the pond.


Amanda and the Mysterious Carpet by Fernando Krahn

Amanda gets whisked away on a new carpet and takes a wild ride.

on Amazon.com

Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

Photo by San Jose Library

Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com

Story Time – Stories for Kids

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