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Favorite Wordless Picture Books?

post #1 of 25
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I just picked up Marije and Ronald Tolman's The Tree House for my kids, and the boys were smitten with the awesome illustrations and the chance to make up the story themselves.

We've taken out wordless story books in the past, but I realized that this is the first one we've actually owned. I'd like to get them a few more.

I know The Lion & The Mouse is the big one this year, so I'm planning to pick that one up, but what are your other must-have wordless picture books?
post #2 of 25
Flotsam by David Wiesner, as well as his others, like Tuesday .

When DS was a toddler, the Zoe board books by Barbara Reid were favourites. Zoe's Sunny Day, about a trip to the park, Zoe's Snowy Day etc. were lovely books about a little girl doing the sorts of things he loved to do. We would point out all sorts of things in the pictures and make up our own stories about what Zoe was doing, often based on his own activities. The last time I checked these books, captions had been added to the pages . So if you can find the older versions, I recommend them.
post #3 of 25
Almost forgot one of our favourites, Black and White by David Macaulay. It isn't entirely wordless, but they are insignificant compared to the illustrations - the book won the Caldecott.

It's an inventive puzzle book that reveals 4 different story lines, told at the same time (2 stories per page). Elements from each story cross into other stories. You can read them separately or try to untangle them and find a whole story. It plays with timelines and narrative threads, so it can entertain children of different ages.
post #4 of 25
Tuesday was going to be my first suggestion. The Snowman is very sweet and the Carl books (despite our constant questioning of the sanity of the parents) were very popular here.
post #5 of 25
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

Monique Felix has a whole series of Mouse Books.

I am so excited to be able to recommend both of these, they are so amazing!
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you! These are wonderful suggestions - keep them coming.
post #7 of 25
The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers and it's sequels.

Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller and it's sequels.

Both very bizarre and cool. My girls loved them.
post #8 of 25
Goodnight Gorilla! I love Peggy Rathmann. If you're interested, Jim Trelease has a list of wordless books in his excellent Read-Aloud Handbook.
post #9 of 25
The Window by Jeannie Baker

The Red Book, Rainstorm, Trainstop, and Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman

Noah's Ark and others by Peter Spier (Circus, Rain, and Christmas are some of them.)
post #10 of 25
Good dog, Carl.
post #11 of 25
Mercer Mayer's A Boy, A Dog, A Frog series.
post #12 of 25
Zoom by Istvan Banyai. so fun!
post #13 of 25
We love "rain" by Peter spier - so much to look at!

http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Spiers-R.../dp/0440413478
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you, thank you everyone! These are wonderful. Now I just have to figure out how to choose...
post #15 of 25
Anything by Peter Spier, Barbara Lehman or Suzy Lee.

I agree that Rain by Spier is wonderful!

And Zoo by Suzy Lee is great but Wave is my absolute favorite!

In the Town All Year 'Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner isn't completely wordless but it's close and full of SO much detail.
post #16 of 25
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Mercer Mayer's A Boy, A Dog, A Frog series.
These are my personal favorites!
post #17 of 25
Our favorite was always Full Moon Soup!
http://www.amazon.com/Full-Moon-Soup.../dp/1856020711
post #18 of 25
I was at the bookstore yesterday and came across this lovely book:

The Wave by Suzy Lee. It's about a little girl's day at the beach.
post #19 of 25
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Goodnight Gorilla! I love Peggy Rathmann. If you're interested, Jim Trelease has a list of wordless books in his excellent Read-Aloud Handbook.
I just got around to checking out his website - what a terrific site. Thanks!
post #20 of 25
Hug by Jez Alborough.
http://www.amazon.com/Hug-Jez-Alboro...8047116&sr=8-1

It's about a little monkey looking for his mother so he can get a hug. He sees all the other animals hugging, and he misses his mommy. My DD still gets a kick out of this book.
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