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Wordless books may seem counter-intuitive to the avid readers amongst us, but in fact picture books without words are an important tool for building children's literacy and language skills, as well as being a lot of fun to read with your child or class.

Often used with struggling readers to help with comprehension, wordless picture books have a role to play for all emerging readers. They build skills like listening and vocabulary, as well as fostering creativity. 

Research shows that when parents/ teachers read wordless pictures books they use richer vocabulary and adjust the language and story to suit their own child, which extends the child's language. When children are encouraged to tell the story themselves, using the illustrations as a guide, it stimulates their imagination and makes them think about the structure of a story.

They also make lovely bedtime stories where you can really engage with your child, making the story as long or as short as you want.

Our top tips for how to read wordless books with your child:

-Describe everything you see
-Take your time, let your child discover everything on the page
-Point out elements on the page
-Play to your child’s interest - expand on pictures that draw them in and talk about subjects or words they like 
-Ask questions
-Have fun with the story – use different endings each time, do silly voices 

Give our favourite wordless picture books a try, to expand your imagination and have a lot of fun.

Toppsta
2021-05-09
Wordless Picture Books
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Bee & Me

The beautiful Bee and Me by Alison Jay is now available in paperback! A bee flies in the window and a little girl is frightened. She traps the bee and then wonders what to do. This beautiful wordless picture book traces the growing friendship between girl and bee and introduces small children to the ecology of the natural world. Highlighting the plight of the disappearing bumble bee, it shows how some simple actions can help restore beauty and balance in our environment.

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Flora and the Flamingo

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 of this fun flamingo story!

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The Snowman

Spend Christmas with everyone's favourite Snowman! This special edition comes with a sparkly glitter cover, and introduction by Raymond Briggs.

One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins.

Raymond Briggs' classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is recognised throughout the world.

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Dog On A Digger

Dog On A Digger is a wonderful, wordless picture book, readers are drawn in to narrate. Dog is helping his master on the building site when his little friend goes missing. Plucky Dog takes charge and cleverly brings the digger to the rescue. A winning combination of charming animals and meticulously drawn machinery.

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The Arrival

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.

THE ARRIVAL has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place.

Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. It has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

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Tuesday

The unpredictable events of a particular Tuesday unroll before the reader with the precision and clarity of a silent movie. "Kids will love its lighthearted, meticulously imagined, fun-without-a-moral fantasy. Tuesday is bound to take off." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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Flotsam

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 to keep.

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Town Is by the Sea

While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea.Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Footpath Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a mining town will enthral children and move adult readers, as a young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.

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9th May 2020

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Maddy Yip's Guide to Life: A laugh-out-loud illustrated story!
Maddy Yip's Guide to Life: A laugh-out-loud illustrated story!

BOOK OF THE MONTH - A madcap new story from Sue Cheung, winner of the Diverse Book Award, filled with belly-laughs and packed with drawings! Perfect for ages 8+ and fans of Tom Gates and Sam Wu.

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