Wordless (or very nearly) Books


"A wordless book offers a different kind of an experience from one with text, for both the author and the reader. There is no author's voice telling the story. Each viewer reads the book in his or her own way. The reader is an integral part of the storytelling process. As a result, there are as many versions…as there are readers." – David Wiesner, in his Caldecott Medal acceptance speech for Tuesday.


Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno's Spain. Philomel, 2004. Also: Anno's Journey (1977); Anno's Britain (1982); Anno's U.S.A. (1983); Anno's Flea Market (1984); Anno's Italy (1979)

Armstrong, Jennifer. Once Upon a Banana. Illus. by David Small. Simon & Schuster, 2006

Baker, Jeannie. Mirror. Candlewick, 2010

Baker, Jeannie. Home. Greenwillow, 2004

Baker, Jeannie. Window. Greenwillow, 1991

Bang, Molly. The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher. Four Winds, 1980. (1981 Caldecott Honor Book)

Banyai, Istvan. The Other Side. Chronicle, 2005

Banyai, Istvan. Zoom. Viking, 1995. Also: Re-Zoom (1998)

Becker, Aaron. Journey. Candlewick, 2013

Becker, Aaron. Quest. Candlewick, 2014

Becker, Aaron. Return. Candlewick, 2016

Bonners, Susan. Just in Passing. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989

Borando, Silvia. Now You See Me, Now You Don't. Candlewick, 2016

Boyd, Lizi. Inside Outside. Chronicle, 2013

Boyd, Lizi. Flashlight. Chronicle, 2014

Briggs, Raymond. The Snowman. Random House, 1978

Chesworth, Michael. Rainy Day Dream. Farrar. Straus & Giroux, 1992

Cole, Henry. Spot the Cat. Little Simon, 2016

Cole, Henry. Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. Scholastic, 2012.

Colón, Raúl. Draw! Simon & Schuster, 2014

Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow. Feiwel and Friends, 2017

Crews, Donald. Truck. Greenwillow, 1980

Day, Alexandra. Carl at the Dog Show. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012. Also: Carl's Snowy Afternoon (2009); Carl's Summer Vacation (2008); You're a Good Dog, Carl (2007); Carl's Sleepy Afternoon (2005); (several older titles in this series)

Dematons, Charlotte. The Yellow Balloon. Front Street, 2004

dePaola, Tomie. Pancakes for Breakfast. Harcourt, 1978

dePaola, Tomie. Flicks. Harcourt, 1979

Dewey, Ariane. The Last Laugh. Illus. by Jose Aruego. Dial, 2006

Dudley, Rebecca. Hank Finds an Egg. Peter Pauper Press, 2013

Faller, Régis. The Adventures of Polo. Roaring Brook, 2006. Also: Polo: the Runaway Book (2007); Polo and the Dragon (2009); Polo and Lily (2009); Polo and the Magic Flute (2009); Polo and the Magician! (2009)

Fleischman, Paul. Sidewalk Circus. Illus. by Kevin Hawkes. Candlewick, 2007

Franson, Scott E. Un-Brella. Roaring Brook, 2007

Frazee, Marla. The Farmer and the Clown. Beach Lane, 2014

Geisert, Arthur. Hogwash. Houghton Mifflin, 2008

Geisert, Arthur. Oops. Houghton Mifflin, 2006

Geisert, Arthur. Lights Out. Houghton Mifflin, 2005

Geisert, Arthur. Oink. Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Also: Oink, Oink (1993)

Goodall, John. The Story of a Farm. McElderry, 1988. (many wordless titles by this author/illustrator)

Himler, Ronald. Dancing Boy. Star Bright, 2005

Hoban, Tana. Look Up, Look Down. Greenwillow, 1992. (many wordless titles by this author/illustrator)

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Flamingo. Chronicle, 2013

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Penguin. Chronicle, 2014

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Peacocks. Chronicle, 2016

Jay, Alison. Bee & Me. Candlewick, 2016

Jay, Alison. Welcome to the Zoo! Dial, 2008

Jenkins, Steve. Looking Down. Houghton Mifflin, 1995

Jonas, Ann. The 13th Clue. Greenwillow, 1992

Judge, Lita. Red Sled. Atheneum, 2011   Also: Red Hat (2013)

Keats, Ezra Jack. Clementina's Cactus. Viking, 1982

Keats, Ezra Jack. Kitten for a Day. Watts, 1974

Keats, Ezra Jack. Skates. Watts, 1973

Kim, Aram. Cat on the Bus. Holiday House, 2016

LaRochelle, David. Moo! Walker, 2013

Lawson, JonArno. Sidewalk Flowers. Illus. by Sydney Smith. Groundwood, 2015

Lee, JiHyeon. Pool. Chronicle, 2015

Lee, Suzy. Shadow. Chronicle, 2010

Lee, Suzy. Wave. Chronicle, 2008

Lehman, Barbara. The Secret Box. Houghton Mifflin, 2011

Lehman, Barbara. Trainstop. Houghton Mifflin, 2008

Lehman, Barbara. Rainstorm. Houghton Mifflin, 2007

Lehman, Barbara. Museum Trip. Houghton Mifflin, 2006

Lehman, Barbara. The Red Book. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. (2005 Caldecott Honor Book)

Liu, Jae Soo. Yellow Umbrella. Kane Miller, 2002

Mariotti, Mario. Hands Off! Kane/Miller, 1990

Mayer, Mercer. Octopus Soup. Marshall Cavendish, 2011

Mayer, Mercer. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog. Dial, 1967. (several companion books)

Mayer, Mercer. Oops! Dial, 1977. Also: Hiccup! (1976); Ac-hoo! (1976); Two Moral Tales (1974); Bubble Bubble (1973)

McCully, Emily Arnold. Four Hungry Kittens. Dial, 2001

McCully, Emily Arnold. School. Harper & Row, 1987. Also in the series: The Christmas Gift (1992); New Baby (1988); First Snow (1985), Picnic (1984)

Merveille, David. Hello, Mr. Hulot. NorthSouth, 2013

Merveille, David. Mr. Hulot at the Beach. NorthSouth, 2016

Meshon, Aaron. Delivery. Atheneum, 2017

Miyares, Daniel. Float. Simon & Schuster, 2015

Miyares, Daniel. That Neighbor Kid. Simon & Schuster, 2017

Newgarden, Mark & Cash, Megan M. Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug. Harcourt, 2007. Also: Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors (2014)

Newman, Jeff. The Boys. Simon & Schuster, 2010

Nolan, Dennis. Hunters of the Great Forest. Roaring Brook, 2014

Ormerod, Jan. Sunshine. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1981. Also: Moonlight (1982)

Pett, Mark. The Boy and the Airplane. Simon & Schuster, 2013

Pett, Mark. The Girl and the Bicycle. Simon & Schuster, 2014

Pinkney, Jerry. The Tortoise & the Hare. Little, Brown, 2013

Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion & the Mouse. Little, Brown, 2009. (2010 Caldecott Medal)

Priceman, Marjorie. Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride. Atheneum, 2005. (2006 Caldecott Honor Book)

Ramstein, Anne-Margot & Arégui, Matthias. Before After. Candlewick, 2014

Raschka, Chris. A Ball for Daisy. Schwartz & Wade, 2011. (2012 Caldecott Medal). Also: Daisy Gets Lost (2013)

Rogers, Gregory. Midsummer Knight. Roaring Brook, 2006

Rogers, Gregory. The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard. Roaring Brook, 2004

Rohmann, Eric. Time Flies. Crown, 1994. (1995 Caldecott Honor Book)

Savage, Stephen. Where's Walrus? Scholastic, 2011

Schories, Pat. When Jack Goes Out. Front Street, 2010. Also: Jack Wants a Snack (Front Street, 2008); Jack and the Night Visitors (Front Street, 2006); Breakfast for Jack (Hand Print, 2004); Jack and the Missing Piece (Hand Print, 2004)

Spier, Peter. Dreams. Doubleday, 1986. (many wordless titles by this author/illustrator)

Spier, Peter. Rain. Doubleday, 1982

Spier, Peter. Noah's Ark. Doubleday, 1977. (1978 Caldecott Medal)

Staake, Bob. Bluebird. Schwartz & Wade, 2013

Sturm, James. Birdsong: A Story in Pictures. TOON, 2016

Tafuri, Nancy. Junglewalk. Greenwillow, 1988. (other wordless titles by this author/illustrator)

Tafuri, Nancy. Have You Seen My Duckling? Greenwillow, 1984. (1985 Caldecott Honor Book)

Thomson, Bill. Chalk. Marshall Cavendish, 2010

Thomson, Bill. Fossil. Amazon, 2013

Timmers, Leo. Bang. Gecko, 2013

Turkle, Brinton. Deep in the Forest. Dutton, 1976

Valério, Geraldo. Turn on the Night. Groundwood, 2016

Varon, Sara. Chicken and Cat. Scholastic, 2006. Also: Chicken and Cat Clean Up (2009)

Villa, Alvaro F. Flood. Capstone, 2013

Villeneuve, Anne. The Red Scarf. Tundra, 2010

Wakeman, Daniel & van Stralen, Dirk. Ben's Big Dig. Orca, 2005

Walsh, Liam Francis. Fish. Roaring Brook, 2016

Ward, Lynd. The Silver Pony. Houghton Mifflin, 1973

Wiesner, David. Mr. Wuffles. Clarion, 2013

Wiesner, David. Flotsam. Clarion, 2006. (2007 Caldecott Medal)

Wiesner, David. Sector 7. Clarion, 1999. (2000 Caldecott Honor Book)

Wiesner, David. Tuesday. Clarion, 1991. (1992 Caldecott Medal)

Wiesner, David. Free Fall. Clarion, 1988. (1989 Caldecott Honor Book)

Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss. You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum. Illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. Dial, 1998. Also: You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery (2000) and You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts (2002)

Yelchin, Eugene. Spring Hare. Henry Holt, 2017

Young, Ed. Up a Tree. HarperCollins, 1983

Yum, Hyewon. Last Night. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008

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