Monday, January 21, 2013

Is it reading if there are no words? Wordless picture books, part 2

Wordless picture books rock!  Here are our current staff favorites.  David Wiesner wins the tally with multiple Caldecott-award-winning wordless picture books.  Jerry Pinkney with his mostly wordless interpretation of Aesop's fable Lion & the Mouse also received bookseller praise.  The Arrival by Shaun Tan made it onto picture book editor David Saylor's list in last week's Wordless Picture Books  and two booksellers' this week.  These can be enjoyed by any child of any age.

I'm a big fan of Shaun Tan's The Arrival. My students made quite a big deal about the multiple layers of story possible in it during my Graphic Novel class a few semesters ago. -Mel (Also a Hannah pick.)

I was given a sneak peek of a new wordless book by Mark Pett called The Boy and the Airplane; it isn't due out until April.  It's glorious! -Nick

A shout out needs to be given to my pal Jeff Newman (local author/illustrator!) and his wonderful, wordless book, The Boys.  -Nick

My choice is the Lion & the Mouse by Pinkney. The artwork is SO beautiful!!! Anne (Also a Pam pick.)

FLOTSAM!!!!!  David Wiesner made me cry when he did a slideshow for it at a conference the year it came out. -Stacie  (Also a Jannis and Pam pick.)


The Island and The Treehouse by Marije and Ronald Tolman and The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert for their stunning beauty and endless adventures.  -Hannah

Tuesday, Three Pigs and Freefall by David Wiesner, Good Day Carl books by Alexandra Day, You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Gem by Holly Hobbie -Pam

Truck by Donald Crews is a favorite of Jannis.
Be sure to take your time; these pictures are not meant to be easily dismissed in favor of words.   You'll be inspired by the creativity of these authors/ illustrators.

Happy looking,

1 comment:

  1. Have you seen WHY? by Nikolai Popov? (sorry, I don't know how to italicize or underline in a comment) An outstanding cautionary tale about the "absurdity of aggression and the inevitable consequences of violence," and all without one word! I love beautifully illustrated, meaningful books! ~Library Lady