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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Wordless Picture Books

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.


Wordless Picture Books are great for pre-readers and for making inferences in the primary grades. They’re also helpful for ESL readers to access stories, giving them  ready-made tales to add words to.

The wonderful paper illustrations in Wallpaper, by Thao Lam, show a girl moving in to her new house. From a treehouse outside her window, a group of kids wave at her. Too shy to wave back, she ducks down into her room, only to discover the wallpaper is peeling. She curls it back to reveal a bird—a whole flock of birds, that lead her into a jungle. There, she meets a monster, who chases her through layers of strange wallpaper worlds. She confronts and befriends the monster, until she’s confident enough to return to the real world and confident enough to make real friends. (Pre-Kindergarten and up)


Book Cover Anthony and the Gargoyle

In Anthony and the Gargoyle, by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Maja Kastelic, a sequence of photos show Anthony’s parents in Paris—meeting, becomin …

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