Wednesday’s Wordless Picture Books


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Lights Out by Arthur Geisert



I came across this wordless picture book and had to get it because I love Arthur Geisert’s pig stories and illustrations. If you visit my wordless picture book posts, you probably remember the book The Giant Seed that I reviewed awhile back. You can see that one by clicking HERE.


The story begins with one page of text about a poor little piglet who is told by his parents that the lights must be out by eight o’clock. Little piglet begins to wonder how in the world he’s going to get that light to shut off after he falls asleep, rather than before. He has a big imagination and puts it to work. He devises a plan that includes an assortment of contraptions working together with the goal to turn the light off after he’s fallen to sleep. He uses a series of Dominoes, balls, bats, water, toys and pretty much anything he can use to make his plan work.


The etched illustrations are very colorful and detailed. It’s so much fun for kids to see his experiment in action as they turn from page to page. Will it work for piglet? Follow along in the story to find out!




Flotsam by David Wiesner




Here’s another wordless book from a favorite author, David Wiesner. I reviewed The Three Pigs, Sector Seven and Free Fall awhile back. You can click HERE to see those reviews.


The story begins with a curious boy who is visiting the beach. He has an interest in beach life and brings a multitude of exploration tools with him. As he’s exploring, a wave comes, and brings with it a strange looking camera. It resembles an underwater camera. He takes out the film and decides to have the film developed at the one hour photo department. The pictures he gets from the camera are amazing and show pictures of underwater sea life, including some strange mechanical fish. Within the photos he notices something strange and uses his microscope to figure it out. What he sees is surprising. Follow along in the story to see what he decides to do with it.


This book is very thought-provoking. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy to follow. This is one of my favorites this year.


Why I love Wordless Picture Books:

It’s no secret that I LOVE wordless picture books. Here are some reasons why…

  1. They can promote more discussion than books with words do.
  2. For early readers, it allows them to read books on their own while retelling the story and developing new vocabulary.
  3. They help children with story structure and comprehension.
  4. They can inspire children and help develop writing skills when they write the story out on paper as to how they interpreted it.

There are so many wonderful reasons to read wordless picture books. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and visually appreciate these books. It can give early readers a break from reading words as well. See what you come up with and compare it to others. I’ve noticed that children can sometimes figure it out before the adults can! So much fun…

Thanks for reading!


4 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Wordless Picture Books

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  2. I love your Wordless Picture Books. I completely agree with the reasons why you listed liking them. They are great for children. When I was getting my undergraduate degree, I worked as a prek teacher, and it was so much fun!! I almost changed my major because of it 😊 But they loved, loved Picture books! I loved how each child’s interpretation was so unique! My daughter used to love them until she really started reading chapter books fluently. Another thing, my grandmother who passed away a couple of years ago from Alzheimer’s loved Picture Books!! We always thought that because she’d lost speech and the ability to read that looking at the books just made her so happy because she was able to read them her own way. She was so joyful looking at them. Great post!! Sweet memories, thanks! ❤❤

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    1. Stephanie, how amazing that you worked with young kids. It’s so rewarding! I love that. <

      I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing and the Alzheimer's. But, how wonderful that she was able to use wordless books and still enjoy reading! It's such an amazing story, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I hope all is going well with you. ❤


      1. It was so much fun! Kids are sweet.

        Thank you. Alzheimer’s is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I think the books should there was still a part of her mind that was active even when she couldn’t talk or anything else. I’m a big believer in art therapy though!

        I’m feeling a little better every day, so I’m getting there 😊❤

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