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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

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Thank you! These are wonderful suggestions - keep them coming.
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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.
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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.
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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.)
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Good dog, Carl.
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Mercer Mayer's A Boy, A Dog, A Frog series.
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Zoom by Istvan Banyai. so fun!

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We love "rain" by Peter spier - so much to look at!

http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Spiers-R.../dp/0440413478
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Thank you, thank you everyone! These are wonderful. Now I just have to figure out how to choose...
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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.

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Mercer Mayer's A Boy, A Dog, A Frog series.
These are my personal favorites!

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Our favorite was always Full Moon Soup!
http://www.amazon.com/Full-Moon-Soup.../dp/1856020711
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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.
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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!
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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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Peggy Rathman's Ten Minutes Till Bedtime is really cool. It has a few words but they have very little to do with the immense amount of action in the pictures.
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Reviving an old thread with a new suggestion for anyone who is interested. I just found a book Mirror by Jeannine Baker. It follows a day in the life of two boys - one in Australia and one in Morocco. The stories are presented as mirror images of one another, so as you are paging through the Australian boy's story on the right side of the book, you are simultaneously paging through the Moroccan boy's story on the left side. http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Jeannie-Baker/dp/0763648485/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294432218&sr=1-1-spell Really cool.

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I'd never experienced one of these books until yesterday - DH brought a book called "Chalk" home from the library for DD. Being left-brained, it took me a bit to catch on, but DD was captivated. I've seen her flip through it more than once since yesterday.

 

In this story, kids come to the playground and draw things with chalk they find, and the chalk magically makes the drawings come true. It's very imaginative, and it's easy to spend a fair amount of time thinking about or talking about what YOU would draw, and what would happen, etc.

 

Any suggestions for how to "read" these with your child? Do you say anything? Ask questions? Since it was my first time and I hadn't really thought about it before, and I'm left-brained, I narrated it a bit (though as usual I engaged DD with questions like "what's happening over here?" etc). At the end, I asked her what she would draw, etc. But I'm curious to know if there are better ways than what I did, whether it's good to narrate it at all or have your child narrate it or simply look at the pictures or.... ?


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It sounds like you did great! I don't think there is a right answer for how to read them - if you are both engaging with the book and enjoying it, that's what matters.

 

We've read about half of the books on this thread at this point, and how we approach them really depends on the book. In some cases, I ask DSs (aged 4 and 6) to read the book to me. They love this! They'll make up the story completely. Sometimes they each take a turn telling their version of the story. Usually the second one to go copies a lot from the first boy's story, but they always add some details of their own and tweak the story a bit. It is fun to listen to! This worked really well for The Tree House and the Mercer Mayer book. The boys received the Mouse and the Lion for Christmas, and they also read the story themselves, but in this case my older son already knew the Aesop fable, so his story stuck pretty close to the Aesop tale.

 

For some of the books, like Mirror and Black and White, I had to give more direction, because the storyline was more complex. I found myself narrating a lot for those two and asking them questions as we went along.

 

And for some books, the pictures are so awesome, we haven't really told a story per se, but have just talked about the pictures as we went along. That is how Flotsam worked for us.
 

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I'd never experienced one of these books until yesterday - DH brought a book called "Chalk" home from the library for DD. Being left-brained, it took me a bit to catch on, but DD was captivated. I've seen her flip through it more than once since yesterday.

 

In this story, kids come to the playground and draw things with chalk they find, and the chalk magically makes the drawings come true. It's very imaginative, and it's easy to spend a fair amount of time thinking about or talking about what YOU would draw, and what would happen, etc.

 

Any suggestions for how to "read" these with your child? Do you say anything? Ask questions? Since it was my first time and I hadn't really thought about it before, and I'm left-brained, I narrated it a bit (though as usual I engaged DD with questions like "what's happening over here?" etc). At the end, I asked her what she would draw, etc. But I'm curious to know if there are better ways than what I did, whether it's good to narrate it at all or have your child narrate it or simply look at the pictures or.... ?



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