The Arrival. Shaun Tan, $26.99
The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of
wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man
leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in
an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds
himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious
floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a
suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live,
food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by
sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of
struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and
BLUE RIDER. Geraldo Valério, $19.95
On a gray and crowded city
sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and
is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into
an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and
as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in
all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an
entire society is transformed.
In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was
inspired by the German Expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue
Rider), which formed in Munich in 1911 and included painters Franz Marc and
Wassily Kandinsky. These artists sought to find the spiritual significance in
art, with an emphasis on form and color. In turn, Valério has created a
wordless book that speaks volumes about how art can transform us beyond the
sometimes-dreary world of the everyday.
Flora and the Flamingo. Molly Idle, $24.99
A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book 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!
For more feathery fun, pick up Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks,
Flora and Friends Matching Game or, coming soon, Flora and the Chicks .
Good Night, Gorilla. Peggy Rathmann, $6.99; $10.50
A modern classic that is a must in every child's library.
Here I Am. Patti Kim, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator),
Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his
family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in
this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits,
games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special
keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way.
Letters To a Prisoner. Jacques Goldstyn, $18.95
Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a
Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired
by Amnesty International's letter-writing campaigns to help free people who
have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a
man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he
begins to despair — until a bird delivers a letter of support written by
somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until the prisoner
escapes his fate on wings made of letters.
Re-Zoom. Istvan Banyai, $9.50
Open this wordless book and take off on a mind-bending
visual journey full of twists, turns, and surprises. Zoom from an Egyptian
pyramid to an exotic jungle to a sandy beach. But if you think you know where
you are, guess again. For in Istvan Banyai's mysterious landscapes of pictures
within pictures, nothing is ever as it seems.
small things. Mel Tregonning, $22.95 (ages 8-13)
In this short, wordless graphic picture book, a young boy
feels alone with his anxiety. He isn’t fitting in well at school. His grades
are slipping. He’s even lashing out at those who love him.
In talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning's
emotionally rich illustrations, the boy’s worries manifest as tiny beings that
crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very
self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his
isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround
everyone, even those who seem to have it all together.
This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book
gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about
acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.
Tuesday. David Wiesner, $11.50
The story is that of a seemingly normal Tuesday, except
this one proved to be quite unique indeed. On this Tuesday, frogs became
airborne and their lily pads were no longer necessary.
Wallpaper. Thao Lam, $19.95
Wallpaper is a wordless picture book that tells
the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can
hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the
old wallpaper in her room — revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary
adventure world behind the walls. There, she runs between the vibrant and
varied environments — surrounded by birds, swimming in a frog pond, in a herd of
art-deco sheep — as she finds herself chased by a monster. He is frightening at
first, until it becomes clear he simply wants to be her friend. When it comes
time to go back to reality, the girl feels inspired with the courage to
approach the other kids and say hello.
Art for Baby: High-contrast Images by Eleven Contemporary
Artists to Explore with Your Child. Curated by Yana Peel, $30.00
A collection of fascinating black-and-white images created
by some of the world’s leading modern artists. Each one has been specially
selected to help babies begin to recognize pictures and connect with the world
around them. This board book also includes a stunning frieze featuring all the
images used in the book — a perfect way to bring contemporary art to your baby.
Chalk. Bill Thompson, $22.99
Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy
Draw! Raúl Colón, $21.99
A boy alone in his room. Pencils. Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari? Imagine. Draw!
A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a
world afar — first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and... more.
Flotsam. David Wiesner, $26.99
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
Good Dog Carl. Alexandra Day, $9.99
Good Dog, Carl is the eponymous name of the first
of a series of children's picture books written and illustrated by Alexandra
Day centering on a Rottweiler named Carl and a little girl named Madeleine, of
whom he takes care.
Have You Seen My Duckling? Nancy Tafuri, $8.50;
Nancy Tafuri's mother duck needs help to find her
mischievous missing duckling in this board book edition of the Caldecott Honor
I See You. Michael Genhart, illustrated by Joanne
I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts
a homeless woman who is not seen by everyone around Ultimately, in a gesture of
compassion, the boy acknowledges her in an exchange in which he sees her and
she experiences being seen.
This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a
conversation about homelessness.
In a "Note for Parents, Educators, and
Neighbors," there are discussion questions and additional resources about
helping the homeless.
Pancakes for Breakfast. Tomie de Paola, $9.99
This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little
old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. This title has been
selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar
Sidewalk Flowers. Jon Arno Lawson & Sydney
In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects
wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower
becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and
recipient are transformed by their encounter. Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the
importance of small things, small people and small gestures.
This Is Not a Book. Jean Jullien, $12.95
This is not a book — it's a laptop, a pair of hands to
clap, a toolbox! Each spread of this book is actually something else entirely,
challenging young readers to see things quite differently! Turning the page and
finding a full-sized image of piano keys will invite children to swing the book
on its side for imaginative play; turning the page again to find a monster with
its mouth wide open will prompt children to use the book to chomp everything
around them! The result stretches beyond the pages of this book, prompting
readers to think creatively about other objects in their daily lives.
Truck. Donald Crews, $8.50; $9.99 BOARDBOOK
In this wordless Caldecott Honor book, striking graphics
help little ones follow a big red truck on its bustling journey.
Zoom. Istvan Banyai, $9.99
Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to
a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are,
guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai's sleek,
mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight
readers of all ages. This book has the fascinating appeal of such works of
visual trickery as the Waldo and Magic Eye books.