Wordless Picture Books

Excellent picture books that tell the story without words!

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Best Picture Books
Best Popular Picture Books on Goodreads
Children's Picture Books With Beautiful illustrations
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message 1: by Luann (new)

Luann Harold and the Purple Crayon isn't wordless. It does have awesome illustrations that help tell the story, but every page has at least one sentence. Unless there are different versions and one is wordless? The one I have starts with "One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."


message 2: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Yeah, a lot of these have words. sentences even. great books, but not wordless.


message 3: by Luann (new)

Luann Well, I'm willing to allow a few words and still call it "wordless." The book Tuesday starts out "Tuesday evening, around eight." But then that's it. No other words. The actual story is told in the pictures.

A book like Harold and the Purple Crayon COULD have been wordless, but it isn't. According to the Renaissance Learning website, which gives word counts for books for which it makes quizzes, Harold has 657 words. Clearly not wordless. And now we've got Jumanji on the list, which has 1800 words. I think we should at least delete those two from the list. Any objections?

I have a "wordless" shelf, so I was excited to see a list of other wordless books I could read and add to my shelf. Having books that really aren't wordless diminishes the value of the list, IMO.


message 4: by Antoine (new)

Antoine I agree, but as with other books placed on lists that they definitely do not belong on, what can be done? Only the people who voted for the books can actually delete them, as far as I know.


message 5: by Luann (last edited Aug 31, 2008 05:08PM) (new)

Luann Actually, anybody who is a librarian can delete them. It just comes with a stern warning that there will be consequences if the power is misused. That's why I wanted to ask before deleting anything - especially since I wasn't the one who created this list.


message 6: by Luann (new)

Luann Well, I deleted those two. Hopefully no one minds too much. They certainly didn't fit the list. I tried to message the one who created the list first, but messages aren't being accepted.


message 7: by Nissa (new)

Nissa There are not many books on the wordless list more should be added.


message 8: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Deleted for not being wordless: The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It's a book partly told in pictures without words, but a great part of the book is a novel with lots of words!


message 9: by Destinee (new)

Destinee I'm going to delete Round Trip by Jonas because it isn't wordless. I'm looking at a copy right now and there's a sentence on every page. It belongs on its own list called "Books That Can Be Read Upside Down."


message 10: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Ellinor wrote: "Deleted for not being wordless: The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It's a book partly told in pictures without words, but a great part of the book is a novel with lots of words!"

Absolutely agree! It's a wonderful book, but anyone looking for wordless picture books would be quite disappointed with how many words are in that one.


message 11: by Allie (new)

Allie I removed Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas and The Whisper because they are not wordless.


message 12: by Allie (new)

Allie I added School by Emily Arnold McCully. I added a specific edition which I know to be wordless, because apparently words were added later.


message 13: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Kotkin Someone should remove Fortunately by Remy Charlip from this list because there is a sentence on every page spread.


message 14: by Randy (last edited Jul 13, 2017 07:32PM) (new)

Randy Love this list, thank you! But Nancy above is correct, FORTUNATELY by Remy Charlip should NOT be on this list, it has text!!!


message 15: by Ayshe (new)

Ayshe I removed Fortunately.


message 16: by Heidi (last edited Sep 02, 2019 06:23AM) (new)

Heidi Note: the book Annabel's House by
Norman Messenger has no text in it.
However, the first page of the book
has a full page of text on it.


message 17: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Frog Goes to Dinner by Mercer Mayer actually
has a few words in it. There is menu printed on
the menu and fancy restaurant printed on the
sign outside the restaurant.

#76


message 18: by Dademaru (new)

Dademaru Is this list dedicated to children's wordless books or also wordless books for an adult audience?
“Dracula, Dracul, Vlad?, Bah...”, for example, doesn't seem to be for children.
If it doesn't matter the target audience but just that they are wordless, I have several more to add.


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