Wordless picture books are a great way for kids to practice telling a story. Here’s a list of thought-provoking titles.

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The Treasure Bath
Dan Andreasen

E ANDREASEN

A wordless picture book in which a young boy explores a creature-filled world beneath the bubbles in his bathtub.


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Mirror
Jeannie Baker

E BAKER

In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Readers are invited to compare illustrations in two wordless stories that are intended to be read one from left to right and the other from right to left.


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If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now
Ed Briant

E BRIANT

A crisp fall day in the park. Furry animals… brisk winds… jumping in a big pile of leaves—OOF! Those aren’t leaves; they’re a giant leaf creature, visible only to children. But the city is pressing in on the beautiful park—what does the future hold? Even pre-readers will enjoy discovering nature’s secrets in this timely fable without words.


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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
Henry Cole

E COLE

In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him.


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Carl at the Dog Show
Alexandra Day

E DAY

Carl the Rottweiler explores the dog show in which his brother Gamble competes.


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Uh-Oh!
Mary Newell DePalma

E DEPALMA

A youngster has a series of mishaps in this nearly wordless picture book.


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Hocus Pocus
Sylvie Desrosiers

E DESROSIERS

A mischievous little rabbit from a magician’s hat sets his eye on a bunch of fresh carrots on the magician’s kitchen counter, but before he can enjoy them he must get past a grumpy dog that is intent on keeping the clever little rabbit away.


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The Conductor
Laetitia Devernay

E DEVERNAY

Pairing two seemingly disparate elements – an orchestra conductor and a grove of trees – illustrations appear to take flight before our eyes as the conductor prompts the leaves to rustle, then whirl, then swirl to unexpected life with each turn of the page.


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Polo and Lily
Regis Faller

E FALLER

In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog meets a rabbit named Lily and the two become friends.


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Bee & Bird
Craig Frazier

E FRAZIER

In this wordless picture book, a bumblebee and a bird embark on a travel adventure.


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Archie
Domenica More Gordon

E GORDON

Archie, a fashion-loving dog with a faithful pet of his own, leads a quiet life until he gets a sewing machine and begins creating canine couture that captures attention all over town, even from a queen and her two royal corgis.


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Octopus Soup
Mercer Mayer

E MAYER

An octopus struggles with misadventure when he leaves home but is relieved to know how and where to find a safe haven.


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Sea of Dreams
Dennis Nolan

E NOLAN

A wordless picture book featuring a sandcastle that takes on a life of its own.


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The Lion & the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney

CALDECOTT E PINKNEY

In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.


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A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka

CALDECOTT E RASCHKA

A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.


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Owly & Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights
Andy Runton

E RUNTON

On a slightly scary camping trip to study stars in the night sky, Owly and Wormy make new friends.


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Where's Walrus?
Stephen Savage

E SAVAGE

In this wordless picture book, follow Walrus on a happy-go-lucky spree through the big city, as he tries on different hats to disguise himself from the chasing zookeeper.


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When Jack Goes Out
Pat Schories

E SCHORIES

Jack the dog plays happily in his backyard with visitors from outer space, but is not so sure that he wants to go home with them.


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The Umbrella
Dieter Schubert

E SCHUBERT

A little dog finds an umbrella in the garden on a windy day. The moment the dog picks up the umbrella, it catches the wind and pulls the dog skywards. This is the start to fantastic journey around the world. The wind carries the umbrellas and the dog all over the world, from the desert to the sea, from the jungle to the North Pole. A wordless picture book that tells a thousand stories.


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Waterloo & Trafalgar
Olivier Tallec

E TALLEC

In this humorous, wordless picture book with die-cut pages, two soldiers, red and blue, discover the pointlessness of hostility.


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Chalk
Bill Thomson

E THOMSON

A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.


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The Tree House
Marije Tolman,Ronald Tolman

E TOLMAN

A polar bear rides a whale to a tree rising out of the water. A brown bear joins the polar bear as the tree is the perfect place to read their books. When the waters recede, the bears are joined by other animals. The tree house is a place of wonder.


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