When it comes to picture books for children, the illustrations are every bit as important as the words. In fact, some children’s books don’t need to have words at all. Wordless books can help children learn to predict sequences and develop their own story-telling skills. Some, like David’s Wiesner’s Flotsam and Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion and The Mouse, have won Caldecott Medals for best children’s book illustrations. Here are few of the many wordless picture books Fairfax County Public Library offers. Find more by typing “stories without words” into the catalog search bar.
The Snowman , Raymond Briggs
A young boy builds a snowman that takes on a life of its own in this gentle tale.
Spot the Cat , Henry Cole
Follow Spot as he explores the city in this story rendered in intricate black and white illustrations.
Coyote Run, Gaetan Doremus
Coyote breaks out of jail and takes off on an adventure through the American West in this romp inspired by spaghetti westerns.
Flora and the Peacocks, Molly Idle
A girl dances with peacocks in this lift-the-flap book.
Skunk on a String, Thao Lam
Skunk sees his world from a new perspective when a helium balloon takes him for a ride.
Sidewalk Flowers, JonArno Lawson
Float, Daniel Miyares
The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney
A classic fable is lushly interpreted by a beloved picture book artist.
Fox’s Garden, Princesse Camcam
A group of friends discover an old-fashioned typewriter with special powers in this tale told with vivid photorealistic illustrations. See also Chalk by this author.