Wordless Books

I am pushing myself to include more wordless books in our reading life this year as Big Kid becomes more interested in “reading” stories herself. For the past year she has been memorizing books so she can “read” them to us.

A wordless book is any book where the illustrations tell the story with no, or extremely minimal words. Sometimes there are just onomatopoeias present. Wordless books have become works of art and are now a sub-genre in the publishing world.

By including wordless books in our reading Big Kid will:

  • gain confidence in story telling
  • improve vocabulary
  • improve spoken language
  • internalize sequencing in story
  • look more carefully at the illustrations in a story
  • improve creativity
  • improve problem solving skills
  • strengthen parent/child bond when we tell the story together

On Wednesdays I will be posting about our favorite wordless books using the hashtag #WordlessBookWednesday. I hope you follow along! Tag @kidslitlife on instagram in any post about wordless books you love.

For more information about wordless pictures books:

ALA Journal article about wordless picture books

Kids Lit Life Posts About Wordless Picture Books:

*These books can all be found on my Bookshop page in the Wordless Book List.*

Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson & Sydney Smith is the touching wordless picture book about a girl who collects wildflowers on a walk with her distracted father. As she gifts each flower to a person or creature in her path, the girl, receiver, and city are transformed by her selfless act. There is so much … Continue reading Sidewalk Flowers


Special Delivery! Delivery, by Aaron Meshon was our favorite Valentine’s Day Book last year, and is gearing up to be a favorite again this year. The Story: Delivery is the nearly wordless (3 words in the beginning, and 2 at the end) book that tells the story of a grandmother, and her trusty cat, who … Continue reading Delivery

I Walk With Vanessa

I Walk With Vanessa, by Kerascoet, is a wonderful wordless story for anytime of year, but it fits in perfectly with our #kidslitkindnesschallenge this month. This book can jump start so many conversations about what it is to be kind, how a simple act of kindness can change the trajectory of someone’s life, about bullying … Continue reading I Walk With Vanessa