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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Picture Book About Stories Without Words

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso
In this wordless picture book, a little girl learns about love, nature and the transformative power of letting go when a little fish leaps into her life.

Blue Rider by Geraldo Valerio
In a book without words, a child finds a book on a crowded city sidewalk and is transported beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural world.

The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
In this story without words, an overalls-clad young boy plays with a carpenter's measuring tape, while his similarly dressed father has plans to build a boat.

Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi
After two boys drawing their own lines realize they can connect them, a misstep creates a rift between them.

Float by Daniel Miyares
A wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain.

I Got It! by David Weisner
In this wordless picture book, a young outfielder imagines all the terrifying ways he might not catch the baseball, and one way that he can.

I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoet
An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.

I Walk with Vanessa

Journey by Aaron Becker
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

Lines by Suzy Lee
In this wordless picture book, each image starts with a single line, whether made by a pencil or the blade of a skate—and the magic flows from there.

Mr. Hulot at the Beach by David Merveille
This wordless picture book follows the humorous misadventures of Mr. Hulot as he attempts to enjoy a day at the beach.

Red by Jed Alexander
Red is on her way through the woods to visit Grandmother when she meets the Big Bad Wolf. This version of the classic folktale ends a bit differently.

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
This book is about a book. A magical red book without any words. The red book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend she's never met is waiting. And as with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over.

Wallpaper by Thao Lam
A wordless picture book about an imaginary world behind the walls in Thao Lam's signature paper collage style. It tells the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house.

Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elly MacKay
It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. As the curtains rise on The Nutcracker, the girl's eyes light up as she's introduced to the magic of the theater.

Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu
A story, in pictures and music, of children on their way to school on a rainy day.

October 2018

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