We often get asked about wordless picture books for numerous reasons. Some struggle to get to grips with this open-ended form of literature, others embrace its creative challenge to provide your own narrative. So here are are just some of our wordless wonders;
The Mediterranean by Armin Greder (Allen & Unwin)
We’ve seen a number of politically charged picture books recently and this is one of the most uncompromising. ‘The Mediterranean‘ is a devastatingly poignant journey, played out in overwhelmingly atmospheric spreads. Read our review.
Perhaps a seemingly simple premise, but one which has been exquisitely executed. A story which begins with a single pencil stroke & morphs into a truly creative and unexpected tale. Read our review.
In this exquisitely illustrated wordless picture book we follow Mr. Crocodile on his way to work, in glorious colour, packed with wit and clever observations. But what does he do for a job? Read our review.
A gentle but powerful story, this book touches on the ordinary in a most extraordinary way. We follow a girl collecting flowers whilst walking, she readily offers her floral tributes to a number of unsuspecting characters along the way. Read our review.
A quirky book which appears to address numerous themes, including migration, family and finding your roots, works across a hugely diverse audience. With subtle references to birds migrating and only a digital clock to carry you through the story, this book is great to explore. Read our review.
Amidst the stunning, washed-out artwork, a young boy and girl meet at the swimming pool. An unsuspecting flourishing friendship that is set to continue well beyond their watery meeting place. Read our review.
A poignant, hard hitting tale of how it feels to ‘up sticks’ and move to a new home, a new country and discover a new life with mixed emotions. Even without words, this graphically strong story clearly highlights the range of emotions that the boy in this book is feeling. Read our review.
Here is a book which you can read from front to back AND from back to front, we kid you not! Two very separate stories but linked creatively together, which play out within the confines of the same tome. Read our review.
We follow a dapper little terrier on his whirlwind adventure to far-flung places. The inquisitive pup finds a discarded red brolly and the moment he opens it, he and the umbrella are swept up into a wild and imaginative adventure. Read our review.
Fifty years after the alleged first sighting, two young intrepid explorers prepare for a truly magical sea adventure. Armed with all sorts of special equipment and cameras, the duo won’t be missing their chance to capture the incontrovertible proof that it’s actually out there. Read our review.
Flood by Alvaro F. Villa (Capstone Young Readers)
This story follows a family and the devastating effects of a flood on them and their home. Stunningly eery artwork shows as they prepare for the flood, then as they ultimately evacuate their home. Read our review.