Saturday, March 30, 2019

Mostly-Wordless books - a shhhhhh bookwrap

by Rachel Rosenberg


There is something really meaningful about a wordless picture book. The openness of the art encourages the use of imagination and whimsy, encouraging discussion between parents and child. I love how these books promote reading comprehension and the act of storytelling. Weaving a tale together is a wonderful experience—and kids already love providing input on stories even when the story is already fully formed.

Another important aspect of wordless picture books is that many of these are about shy or lonely children, those who don’t live in worlds of chatter. It’s important for quieter children to see themselves and their experiences represented, and many of the following do exactly that. Once you’ve read these and got a storytelling vibe between you, here are suggestions for great read alouds to share.


by Christian Robinson

A girl and her cat go to sleep and find themselves in another world—one inhabited by a mirror image of her and the cat. Robinson’s illustrations are gorgeously whimsical as ever, and this gently odd story will for sure get kids chatting.


by Aaron Becker

A lonely young girl draws a magic door on her wall and walks through with her red marker still in hand. She’ll have to face off against an evil emperor in these adventure-filled pages. A Caldecott-nominated book about friendship and hard work.


by Thao Lam

A shy little girl has just moved to a new home and can’t bring herself to make friends with the neighbourhood kids. Lam’s collage art is gorgeous as always (I’m a huge fan), and the story stayed with me long after. I can’t tell you enough about how much I love this book—from the breathtaking art to the heartwarming story, I’m all in.


by Victoria Ying

An adorable, bored little kitten can’t find anyone to play. Dad is making pasta, Mom is gardening and Sister Kitten is reading in a comfy chair. Our main kitten, frustrated, causes yarn-related hijinks. The only word in this is ‘meow’, and it will make for fun back-and-forth discussions about what each ‘meow’ might stand-in for.


by Daniel Miyares

A little boy makes a paper boat and takes it out on a rainy day, setting off a chain of events. The monochromatic art is beautiful, and it makes rainy days look a lot funner than I personally believe them to be.

While You Are Sleeping 

by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

What sorts of things happen after a child goes to bed at night? This lovely dreamscape of a book shows people going to work, falling in love, eating dinner, gazing up at the stars, and much more. I love how full the pages are, each figure providing a snippet of a story that can be unpacked and expanded.

I Got It! 

by David Wiesner

A boy stands in the outfield for his moment to catch the ball. As he waits, he nervously imagines all the ways that this moment could go wrong. A beautiful, relatable story.

Do you have any beloved wordless picture books to add? These are just some of my favourites, but there are plenty of wonderful options out there. Let me know if I missed any of your beloveds in the comments!

And check out our new podcast Kidlit These Days for all things children’s books!


I'm adding a more comprehensive list from for you to check out if you so desire.  These are their favourite wordless pictures books:

* Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

* 10 Minutes Till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

*A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

* A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer

* Anno’s Journey by Mitsumaso Anno

* Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper

* Chalk by Bill Thomson

* Flashlight by Lizi Boyd 

* Flora and Penguin by Molly Idle

* Flotsam by David Wiesner

* Fossil by Bill Thomson

* Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day

* Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

* Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

* Have You Seen My Duckling? By Nancy Tafuri

* I Got It! By David Wiesner

* Inside Outside - Lizi Boyd

* Journey by Aaron Becker

* Mirror by Jeannie Baker

* Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman

* Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

* Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong

* Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola

* Rain by Peter Spier

* Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman

*Red Sled by Lita Judge

* Sector 7 by David Wiesner

* The Lion and the Mouse  by Jerry Pinkney

* The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

* The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman

* The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

* Time Flies by Eric Rohmann

*  Tuesday by David Wiesner

*Unspoken:  A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

* Wave by Suzy Lee

* Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

* Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell


Monday I will be reviewing an adult book that I chose to read and review for the Boekenweek 2019 blog tour.

World Editions brings Boekenweek to North America.

What is Boekenweek?

In the Netherlands and Belgium, Boekenweek (Book Week) is an annual celebration of literature, happening every Spring since 1932. Events are held across each country during Boekenweek, and include book signings, readings, and panel discussions. Boekenweek is always kicked off with the “book ball,” an event attended by writers and publishers alike. 2019 marks the 84th annual Boekenweek.

This year, Boekenweek will take place in the Netherlands from March 23rd to March 31st, and then in Belgium from April 1st to April 7th, and World Editions will be celebrating the work of eight of the most important contemporary writers from the Netherlands and Belgium recently released in English translation.  Bestselling and prize-winning authors Kristien Hemmerechts, Christine Otten (The Last Poets), Saskia de Coster, and Annelies Verbeke (Thirty Days) will be touring the US during Boekenweek.   

The book I chose to review was "You Have Me to Love" by Jaap Robben.  It is a psychological tale that I just couldn't put down.  He generally writes kid's book and this is his debut adult novel. Wow!  Please return Monday and check out my full review.  Highly recommended reading!   Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

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