Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

These are the books that were shared for August's #littlelitbookseries theme of wordless books.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @averyandaugustine ― 

We’re sharing wordless picture books for this month’s #littlelitbookseries. Wordless picture books are wonderful for so many reasons — they allow a reader to become an active participant in storytelling, to interact with the narrative and to interpret it in a multitude of ways. Wordless books also provide opportunities for children to learn different lexicons depending on who’s telling the story, and to really understand the elements of story structure (characters, setting, problem, resolution, etc.). When readers revisit wordless books, there are new nuances to discover and fresh takes to be had on the narrative.

When you open the door and your heart to something new and unfamiliar — and possibly strange — you just might find magic, mirth, beauty and friendship. We love how the themes of curiosity and wonder unfold in DOOR, how JiHyeon Lee’s illustrations exude a soft, quiet exuberance and a subtle humor; and how her deft use of color plays an integral role in the narrative.

DOOR was written and illustrated by JiHyeon Lee and published by Chronicle Books (@chroniclebooks). It’ll be out on October 2.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @bonjour_mes_amies — 

It's #wordlesswednesday and I'm also sharing another addition to the #littlelitbookseries theme of wordless picture books. Forgive my late post. It's been a whirlwind of a summer, to say the least. I'm knee-deep in my Master's Program while balancing family & life. But I'm doing it!

Now, Quest by Aaron Becker, is book two in the Journey Trilogy. For those of you who are not familiar with the series, the pages are oozing with adventure and imagination. Recently, we revisited this story and I had Big Sister read it to Little Sister. Mind you, there are are absolutely NO words. But as I listened closely to my eldest daughter narrate the story, I was pleasantly surprised to hear such rich descriptive language, transitional phrases, and robust vocabulary. My littlest was all ears and in anticipation. There was mention of secret worlds, danger, saving the King, and very brave children, which was all concocted by pure imagination. However, the beautifully illustrated pages lends it self to creating a magical story of your own. If you're searching for fantasy or an epic tale, definitely, check this out!

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @carterhiggins ―

My #littlelitbookseries friends are celebrating wordless books this month, and I’ll confess up front: I’m cheating. This book has words, but not many. It’s spare but rich and the whole thing is brilliantly conceived by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor and Neesha Hudson.

Picture books are extraordinarily hard to write, and the way this one unfolds with so few words and so much action is a whole big dose of magic.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @littlebooksbigworld —

A good (wordless) picture (book) is worth a thousand words. ✨

A wordless picture book can help to build a reader’s confidence, it encourages readers to question and pay attention to detail, it fosters creativity, it crosses language barriers, it provides an opportunity for an emergent reader to be a fluent reader... I could go on and on but if you want to more info, click on #lbbwwordlesspicturebook.

Tomie DePaola, the much loved creator of Strega Nona and Big Anthony, published PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST in 1978. (So, you see, this wordless thing has staying power!) In the story, a woman sets out to make pancakes but there are many obstacles in her way. She must visit the chickens for eggs, the cow for milk, and then churn some of that milk to get butter. Whew, a lot of work for pancakes! But all worth it in the end. Perhaps?

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @live_read_write ―

This past year, the #littlehistorian and I had the incredible opportunity to meet my #kidlit idol at a local book festival here in NJ, the incomparable Kate DiCamillo. She is as endearing and witty in person as she is on the page. Who else would I dress as for Superhero Day at school? I mean, I already had the matching plaid shirt. And several of her books. {swipe for pics; I may have cried when a student dressed as her teacher}

LA, LA, LA, a nearly wordless picture book, is a shift from Kate DiCamillo’s usual feast-of-language-fare, but of course there’s more to the story than meets the eye. DiCamillo shares the genesis of the story — two circles, one small and one large — and her collaboration with the illustrator in the author’s note: “here is illustrator Jaime Kim’s beautiful art answering my small, tentative song.” LA, LA, LA is a beautiful story of a young girl’s journey and desire to be heard and known. “La” is the only word spoken as the enchanting illustrations and mesmerizing hues of gold and purple move the reader through a day and into the night. 

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @livingbythepagewithnatalie — 

They say that less is more and that is certainly the case with wordless picture books. I still include them in our #snacksandstories rotation, even those several of mine can read independently, due to their artistic power and importance in helping literacy skills such as narration. Because we are interpreting the author/illustrator's work, we often talk more about these books than other picture books! A recent new find for us was Argentine illustrator Cynthia Alonso's Aquarium. It's about a little girl who finds a new friend in a red fish from the sea...she takes him home and lovingly constructs the most elaborate aquarium, only to realize that it belongs back in the ocean. So many themes here that my kids and I of them being sacrificial love; sometimes we have to let go of what we love most. The book is rendered in a fabulous palette of blues, pinks and gold. I'd say for ages 3-8. I know older kids would breeze through it but again, if you have them narrate it and dig deeper, it's amazing the way the conversation quickly turns to more mature themes! Published by Chronicle Books in 2018. 

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @ourbookbag ― 

Back when I started sharing books here in 2015, I tried to do a regular #wordlessbookwednesday, but it’s been a looong time since I’ve shared one! So I am so thrilled that for this months #littlelitbookseries we are sharing #wordlessbooks.  Suzy Lee has an incredible series of wordless books including Mirror, Wave and this one, Shadow, published in 2010.  We love the imagination of a child at work in these books. In Shadow a little girl explores a cluttered attic; with the click of a lightbulb she transforms a quiet space into a riot of activity.  The elegant illustrations use only black, white and yellow bring the story out of the darkness and back again. Childhood magic. ✨

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @picturethisbook ― 

When Lola the armadillo knocks a jug of juice over her parents’ armchair, she panics and decides to escape from the scene of the crime, so to speak — thus triggering a madcap runaway chain when her friends decide to follow suit after similar mishaps.

Whether you’re 6 or 60, that familiar sinking feeling of dread (and, more plainly, DRAT!) at the prospect of having to face the music after making a mistake or when things just go wrong for whatever reason, never really goes away. However, as Andrea Tsurumi’s brilliant #picturebook reminds us with its delightfully wacky spreads packed with other people’s problems that Lola et. al. fail to notice in their frenzy to get away, spills, disasters and accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it’s so important to get some perspective and better advice (i.e. even if it’s to the library, running away is never the solution).

I LOVE everything about this whirlwind of a picture book: its originality; the fun vocabulary (fiasco! calamity! mayhem!); the fantastic details in the illustrations that beg to be pored over; and, of course, the clichéd but no less important message that “to err is human, to forgive divine”. Plus, when we take a step back to assess the situation, things are usually less dire and more repairable than they seem at first. A must-read for all ages.

Even though this book isn’t wordless, it’s also my pick for this month’s #littlelitbookseries theme because the text is minimal and the wonderful illustrations truly spill (pun intended) the whole story from cover to cover.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @sunlitpages ― 

This was the first wordless picture book I truly loved. Aaron (now ten years old) was just a toddler, and I checked Chalk out from the library. We were both immediately captivated: three children find a bag of chalk at the park and proceed to draw pictures that become real. It’s all sunshine and butterflies (literally) until the devious little boy decides to draw a dinosaur... 

Even now, almost a decade later, the illustrations blow me away. They look vividly real, almost like they must be computer generated, but Bill Thomson says he paints each one by hand with acrylic paints and colored pencils. 

Bill Thomson later added two more books to this wordless trilogy, Fossil and The Typewriter, but this one will always be my favorite.

Little Lit Book Series: Wordless Books

From @writesinla — 

This month’s #littlelitbookseriestheme is wordless books. POOL by JiHyeon Lee is one of my favorite wordless picture books, so I was so excited to see this follow up coming out in October!

DOOR also explores discovery and community. In POOL, a child meets another child who shares in a mysterious, imaginative experience. Here, a child connects with a whole group and is immediately accepted into a beautiful, strange, delightful party, rewarded for their noticing and curiosity. Sure to invite readers to open the door to their own imaginative stories and worlds.