Wordless picture books spark imagination and can lead to sophisticated discussion about books—in any language. When parents talk about books with their kids, they learn how storylines, characters, and settings are developed.

Here are a couple of my favorite wordless picture books:

Journey by Aaron Becker

Quest by Aaron Becker

Return by Aaron Becker

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris VanAllsburg     The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

  • Suggest that your child use sticky notes to write words that might be found on wordless picture book pages if there were text. She could even “write” the story and create names for the characters.
  • After your child has looked through and thought about a wordless picture book ask,
  1. Describe the beginning, the middle, and the end.”
  2. Tell me about the main character.”
  3. What problem did the main character have?”
  4. How was the problem solved?”
  5. What may happen next?”
  6. What was your favorite part and why?”
  7. Does this remind you of anything that has happened to you or of another book?”

If I haven’t convinced you about the importance and delight found in wordless picture books, check out the following blog:


Here are titles found on that blog:

Journey by Aaron Becker

Early Bird Gets the Worm by Bruce Lansky

The Chicken’s Child by Margaret A. Hartelius

A Small Miracle by Peter Collingwood

South by Patrick McDonnell

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Chicken and Cat by Sara Varon

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan

Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Wave by Suzy Lee

Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Racshka