The Arrival. Shaun Tan, $26.99
The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of
wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man
leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in
an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds
himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious
floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a
suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live,
food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by
sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of
struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and
BLUE RIDER. Geraldo Valério, $19.95
On a gray and crowded city
sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and
is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into
an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and
as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in
all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an
entire society is transformed.
In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was
inspired by the German Expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue
Rider), which formed in Munich in 1911 and included painters Franz Marc and
Wassily Kandinsky. These artists sought to find the spiritual significance in
art, with an emphasis on form and color. In turn, Valério has created a
wordless book that speaks volumes about how art can transform us beyond the
sometimes-dreary world of the everyday.
Brave Molly. Brooke Boynton-Hughes, $23.99 (ages
What do you do when no one can see your monsters but you?
At first, Molly runs from them. But they follow her down the sidewalk, getting
in the way when she tries to make a new friend, popping up unexpectedly out of
shadows, and multiplying. Until finally... Molly faces her fears.
Author-illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes delivers a modern classic in this
moving adventure that honors everyday acts of bravery and the power of
friendship to banish the monsters that haunt us.
Draw! Raúl Colón, $21.99
A boy alone in his room. Pencils. Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari? Imagine. Draw!
A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a
world afar — first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and... more.
Flora and the Flamingo. Molly Idle, $24.99
A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book In this innovative wordless
picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend
explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized
dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at
last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this
stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!
For more feathery fun, pick up Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks,
Flora and Friends Matching Game or, coming soon, Flora and the Chicks .
Good Night, Gorilla. Peggy Rathmann, $6.99; $10.50
A modern classic that is a must in every child's library.
Helen's Birds. Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Sophie
Casson, $18.95 (ages 6-9)
For as long as Saanvi can remember, she has been friends
with her elderly neighbor Helen. They play cards and garden together and,
especially, care for the wild birds that visit Helen’s yard. When Helen dies
suddenly, a “For Sale” sign goes up, and movers arrive, emptying the house of
its furniture and stripping the yard of its birdfeeders. The sparrows and
hummingbirds disappear. Soon a bulldozer tears down Helen’s house. All winter,
Saanvi walks numbly past the property as developers begin to build condos. Then
one spring day, amid the dust and turmoil of construction, she finds a
weathered playing card wedged between two rocks. She holds it to her chest, and
After a tearful night, Saanvi wakes inspired. She
slathers peanut butter on pinecones to hang from tree branches, hammers
together a birdhouse from scrap wood and drags a kitchen stool outside to hold
a bowl of water. Finally, she retrieves a nest that has been unraveling on Helen’s
old property and places it in a tree in her own yard. Saanvi’s yard soon fills
with Helen’s birds. They have a home again.
This beautifully illustrated, wordless graphic novel
shows Saanvi’s journey through close friendship, then hollowing loss and
change, until she finally finds hope.
The Invisible Garden. Marianne Ferrer &
Valérie Picard, $19.95 (ages 3-6)
A young girl and her family travel from the city to the
country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne,
as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than
listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden,
and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble... and a
grasshopper... and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she
discovers the freedom of her imagination.
With very little text, this book lets the illustrations
tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than
Letters To a Prisoner. Jacques Goldstyn, $18.95
Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a
Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired
by Amnesty International's letter-writing campaigns to help free people who
have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a
man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he
begins to despair — until a bird delivers a letter of support written by
somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until the prisoner
escapes his fate on wings made of letters.
One Yellow Ribbon. Marthe Jocelyn, $9.95 (ages 2-3)
One yellow ribbon unties itself from a child's hair and
transforms into a winter scarf, a farmer's field and a lion's mane, among many
other magical things, in this delightful board book by celebrated pa-per artist
Marthe Jocelyn. Jocelyn's paper collages in this wordless search-and-find
adventure will encourage little ones to look closely at the world around them
and explore what they see.
The Only Child. Guojing, $23.99 (ages 5-9)
A little girl — lost and alone — follows a mysterious stag
deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in
a strange and wondrous world. But... home and family are very far away. How
will she get back there?
In this magnificently illustrated — and
wordless — masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and
deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as
well as love and joy.
Sidewalk Flowers. Jon Arno Lawson & Sydney
In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects
wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower
becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and
recipient are transformed by their encounter. Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the
importance of small things, small people and small gestures.
small things. Mel Tregonning, $24.95 (ages 8-13)
In this short, wordless graphic picture book, a young boy
feels alone with his anxiety. He isn’t fitting in well at school. His grades
are slipping. He’s even lashing out at those who love him.
In talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning's
emotionally rich illustrations, the boy’s worries manifest as tiny beings that
crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very
self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his
isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround
everyone, even those who seem to have it all together.
This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book
gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about
acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.
This Is Not a Book. Jean Jullien, $12.95
This is not a book — it's a laptop, a pair of hands to
clap, a toolbox! Each spread of this book is actually something else entirely,
challenging young readers to see things quite differently! Turning the page and
finding a full-sized image of piano keys will invite children to swing the book
on its side for imaginative play; turning the page again to find a monster with
its mouth wide open will prompt children to use the book to chomp everything
around them! The result stretches beyond the pages of this book, prompting
readers to think creatively about other objects in their daily lives.
Tuesday. David Wiesner, $11.99
The story is that of a seemingly normal Tuesday, except
this one proved to be quite unique indeed. On this Tuesday, frogs became
airborne and their lily pads were no longer necessary.
Zoom. Istvan Banyai, $9.99
Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to
a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are,
guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai's sleek,
mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight
readers of all ages. This book has the fascinating appeal of such works of
visual trickery as the Waldo and Magic Eye books.
Art for Baby: High-contrast Images by Eleven Contemporary
Artists to Explore with Your Child. Curated by Yana Peel, $30.99
A collection of fascinating black-and-white images created
by some of the world’s leading modern artists. Each one has been specially
selected to help babies begin to recognize pictures and connect with the world
around them. This board book also includes a stunning frieze featuring all the
images used in the book — a perfect way to bring contemporary art to your baby.
Baby Belly. Patricia Martin & Rocio Bonila,
$11.50 (ages 3 and under)
Mommy's belly is getting bigger — what's happening in
Baby Belly is a wordless board book with bright
illustrations that will delight little ones and their parents and provide an
endless opportunity to engage in toddlers their own storytelling and
interpretation of what they see in the book.
The Brain Storm. Linda Ragsdale, illustrated by
Claudio Molina, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Sometimes you've just got to work it out. Follow along as
a bad mood pesters a young boy and ends up rubbing off on all those around him.
After a frustrating day under his version of a little dark cloud, he discovers
that ultimately working through your feelings and emotions begins with you.
This wordless picture book inspires readers to "read" the story as
they apply their own interpretations to the thought-provoking illustrations.
Chalk. Bill Thompson, $22.99
Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy
Flotsam. David Wiesner, $26.99
A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped
to collect and examine flotsam - anything floating that has been washed ashore.
Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual
finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery:
a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share... and
FOUND. Jeff Newman & Larry Day, $23.99
A wordless picture book about what we lose, what we find,
and what we give back.
A child's beloved dog was lost some time ago. Long enough
that they have given up the search. One day they find a lost dog, and take him
in. Despite a rocky start, they grow to love each other. Then a missing poster
appears, with his picture on it. His name is Roscoe, and he’s someone else’s
best friend. Should they return Roscoe, and do the right thing? Or will they
keep this new dog they've grown to love so much?
Good Dog Carl. Alexandra Day, $9.99
Good Dog, Carl is the eponymous name of the first
of a series of children's picture books written and illustrated by Alexandra
Day centering on a Rottweiler named Carl and a little girl named Madeleine, of
whom he takes care.
Have You Seen My Duckling? Nancy Tafuri, $8.50;
Nancy Tafuri's mother duck needs help to find her
mischievous missing duckling in this board book edition of the Caldecott Honor
Here I Am. Patti Kim, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator),
Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his
family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in
this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits,
games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special
keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way.
I See You. Michael Genhart, illustrated by Joanne
I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts
a homeless woman who is not seen by everyone around Ultimately, in a gesture of
compassion, the boy acknowledges her in an exchange in which he sees her and
she experiences being seen.
This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a
conversation about homelessness.
In a "Note for Parents, Educators, and
Neighbors," there are discussion questions and additional resources about
helping the homeless.
I Walk With Vanessa: a Story about a Simple Act of
Kindness. Kerascoët, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
This simple yet powerful picture book — from a New York
Times bestselling husband-and-wife team — tells the story of one girl who
inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events, I Walk
with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the
wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of
kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of
acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound
feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.
One Patch of Blue. Marthe Jocelyn, $9.95 (ages 2-3)
One patch of denim escapes from a pair of pants and
becomes a stained-glass window, an ice-cream truck, a Ferris wheel, a fish tank
and many other square surprises in this delightful board book by celebrated
paper artist Marthe Jocelyn. Jocelyn's paper collages in this wordless
search-and-find adventure will encourage little ones to look closely at the
world around them and explore what they see.
Re-Zoom. Istvan Banyai, $11.99
Open this wordless book and take off on a mind-bending
visual journey full of twists, turns, and surprises. Zoom from an Egyptian
pyramid to an exotic jungle to a sandy beach. But if you think you know where
you are, guess again. For in Istvan Banyai's mysterious landscapes of pictures
within pictures, nothing is ever as it seems.
Pancakes for Breakfast. Tomie de Paola, $9.99
This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little
old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. This title has been
selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar
Sleepy Time. Patricia Martin & Rocio Bonila,
$11.50 (ages 3 and under)
Sleepy Time is a comforting snuggle up
book, perfect to read to young kids to develop calm daily routines. Bathing,
putting on pajamas, using the potty, brushing teeth, reading a story, and being
Sleepy Time is a wordless board book with bright
illustrations that will delight little ones and engage them in their own
storytelling and interpretation of what they see in the book. Super cute and
appealing, little kids will see themselves in the story, as it captures capture
a familiar experience.
Stormy: a Story about Finding a Forever Home. Guojing, $23.99 (ages3-)
In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's
perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under
a bench — scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to
befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day,
the woman tries — and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and
patience — and help from an enticing tennis ball — a tentative friendship begins.
But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and
satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn't
always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination,
forever love can grow.
Truck. Donald Crews, $8.50; $9.99 BOARDBOOK
In this wordless Caldecott Honor book, striking graphics
help little ones follow a big red truck on its bustling journey.
Wallpaper. Thao Lam, $19.95
Wallpaper is a wordless picture book that tells
the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can
hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the
old wallpaper in her room — revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary
adventure world behind the walls. There, she runs between the vibrant and
varied environments — surrounded by birds, swimming in a frog pond, in a herd of
art-deco sheep — as she finds herself chased by a monster. He is frightening at
first, until it becomes clear he simply wants to be her friend. When it comes
time to go back to reality, the girl feels inspired with the courage to
approach the other kids and say hello.