Quest is the second book of the series by Aaron Becker and will definitely be amongst our pile of new books this Christmas. It made me think about the other wordless books we love.
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Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage we loved from the moment we saw this clip and the book doesn't disappoint. Kids love trying to spot the walrus after he escapes from the zoo. He wears many disguises trying to evade the zookeeper - a fun book for younger children particularly.
Zoom by Istvan Banyai we gifted to a family member earlier in the year. It's so cleverly done - a page will zoom out detail featured on the previous page and so the layers build.
Leaf by Stephen Michael King is another beautifully illustrated watercolour book that has you watching time pass after a seed lands on the head of a wilful young boy who was evading a haircut.
Sunshine and Moonlight by Jan Ormerod are two books each of my three children have loved because they can see themselves in the story which is of a little girls day from first light to late at night.
Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins I bought after seeing a post on Teach Preschool a while back. I'm always on the hunt for good books that invite action or encourage experimentation and Changes, Changes is a great addition to a block area.
A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska is an older book originally published in the 1960's but I love an alphabet book and this one is unique.
Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno is, I admit, technically not a wordless book but it's one that I remember loving when I was a kid so for old times sake, I'm including it here! My youngest has just discovered this book from our shelves and is fascinated by the changing scenes on each page.
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is one that sat on my wishlist for a long time. I'd read a review that raved about the illustrations but only recently added this book to our collection. The review was right - the illustrations in this book, a re-telling of an Aesop's tale, are amazing.
But as Jackie points out, without words, there is no cue to turn the page leaving you more time to absorb the images in front of you.
I also like wordless books as they allow even the youngest child the opportunity to read a book to someone instead of being read to. They can decide on the narrative which can change from reading to reading.
Do you have any wordless books in your collection? What do you love about them?
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