What can you do with a wordless picture book? Notice and wonder together, discuss possibilities, write your own text, research related nonfiction elements - the possibilities are endless! Here are just a few to try:
1) Bye, Penguin by Seou Lee
A penguin takes a worldwide tour of recognizable locations. This book could introduce units on maps, landmark research projects, distance, travel, or a discussion about unexpected opportunities.
2) Another by Christian Robinson
An exploration of an alternate reality in a dream - this beautifully illustrated book can spark discussions about the kinds of worlds we would build if we could engineer the spaces of our dreams.
3) I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoet
What does it mean to show kindness to others? This beautiful book is easy for readers of all ages to access and discuss.
4) Hike by Pete Oswald
A celebration of nature and family time together, this picture book could be a great mentor text for young students to describe what they like to do for "unplugged" activities, or an opportunity to notice and capture details in the outdoors.
5) One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole
What do we throw away? Details abound in this wordless picture book that looks at the world from an object's point of view . . . inspiring readers to look more closely at their own journeys.
6) Perfect by Max Amato
Almost wordless! This book explores how to deal with mistakes.
7) Dandelion's Dream by Yoko Tanaka
Wouldn't it be nice if a seed could bloom and grow . . . and walk around like a lion?
9) Bluebird by Bob Staake
A bluebird looks for friendship.
10) Mirror by Jeannie Baker
Readers follow the lives of characters in Morocco and Australia.
11) Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home by Guojing
Sometimes it takes patience to build a friendship.
12) Zoom by Istvan Banyai
Each page invites the reader to focus in on a detail, which opens up a whole new scene with a whole new detail to explore.
Look for the sequel, Re-Zoom, by the same author.
13) Imagine! by Raul Colon
A painting comes to life at the city museum in this celebration of visual art.
14) Hug by Jez Alborough
A chimpanzee seeks affection from different animals, prompting readers to think about how we might feel loneliness or attempt to connect with others.
15) Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
A nighttime walk with a flashlight reveals different natural elements, encouraging readers to be good at noticing and observing.
I've had the privilege of working with hundreds of students and families in IA, CT, NC, MO, TX, and Canada. I love being a teacher-librarian!