Stories Without Words Resources
located in the Curriculum Lab
Anno, Mitsumasa. ANNO'S ANIMALS. The reader is invited to find a variety of animals hidden amidst woodland scenes. 1979, c1977.
Anno, Mitsumasa. ANNO'S COUNTING HOUSE. One by one, ten children move from their old house into their new house with all their possessions. Die-cut windows reveal the interiors of the houses and the book can also be read from back to front. c 1982.
Anno, Mitsumasa. ANNO'S FLEA MARKET. Depicts the treasures and trash of a flea market, one Saturday morning in the town square, as men, women, and children buy and sell everything imaginable. c1984.
Anno, Mitsumasa. ANNO'S JOURNEY. Records in drawings the author's journey through northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore, and fairy tales. 1978, c1977.
Anno, Mitsumasa. ANNO'S PEEKABOO. By turning half pages, the reader is invited to play a game of peekaboo with a variety of animals and people. c1988, c1987
Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno's U.S.A. MITSUMASA ANNO. In wordless panoramas a lone traveler approaches the New World from the West in the present day and journeys the width of the country backward through time, departing the east coast as the Santa Maria appears over the horizon. c1983.
Ardizzone, Edward. THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED. A little boy gets up one day and finds everything goes wrong. 
Aruego, Jose. LOOK WHAT I CAN DO. Two carabaos discover that being a copycat can lead to trouble. 
Aruego, Jose. WE HIDE, YOU SEEK. The reader is invited to find animals hidden in their natural habitat. c1979.
Baker, Jeannie. WINDOW. Chronicles the events and changes in a young boy's life and in his environment, from babyhood to grownup, through wordless scenes observed from the window of his room. c1991.
Bakken, Harold. THE SPECIAL STRING. A little boy has many adventures as he follows a seemingly endless piece of string and rolls it into a bigger and bigger ball. c1981.
Bang, Molly. THE GREY LADY AND THE STRAWBERRY SNATCHER. In this story without words, an old woman is pursued by a strange man with a passion for strawberries. c1980.
Briggs, Raymond. THE SNOWMAN. When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside. c1978.
Carle, Eric. 1, 2, 3 TO THE ZOO. Each car on the train has one more zoo animal than the one before, from the first car with an elephant to the last with ten birds. , c1968.
Carle, Eric. DO YOU WANT TO BE MY FRIEND? A mouse searches everywhere for a friend. c1987.
Carle, Eric. MY VERY FIRST BOOK OF NUMBERS. Fruits such as bananas, cherries, lemons, and pineapples are painted in color on the bottom half of these split pages. The top half bears a numeral and a corresponding number of black squares to match with the appropriate number of fruits. c1974.
Carrick, Donald. DRIP, DROP. Traces the journey of a raindrop through a leak in the roof. 
Carroll, Ruth. THE DOLPHIN AND THE MERMAID. The dolphin, the mermaid, and their friends lead a peaceful underwater existence until they are threatened by thoughtless humans. 
Charlip, Remy. THIRTEEN. Thirteen picture stories of a magic show, a sea disaster, and other dramas develop separately but simultaneously. 
Crews, Donald. TRUCK. Follows the journey of a truck from loading to unloading. c1980.
Daughtry, Duanne. WHAT'S INSIDE? Presents pairs of photographs, the first of which shows the outside of an object and invites the reader to guess the contents before turning to the second photograph for the answer. c1984.
Degen, Bruce. AUNT POSSUM AND THE PUMPKIN MAN. Aunt Possum receives an unexpected Halloween visit from the pumpkin man. c1977.
Demi. FOLLOW THE LINE. This wordless story follows a line which changes character as it travels through different landscapes. c1981.
De Paola, Tomie. PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST. A little old lady's attempts to have pancakes for breakfast are hindered by a scarcity of supplies and the participation of her pets. c1978.
De Paola, Tomie. SING, PIERROT, SING: A PICTURE BOOK IN MIME. Simple Pierrot dreams of his saucy sweetheart Columbine in this original story featuring the traditional comic characters. c1983.
Dupasquier, Philippe. THE GREAT ESCAPE. In this story without words, an escaped prisoner leads the police on an exciting chase. c1988.
Emberley, Ed. ABC. ED EMBERLEY'S ABC. Animals engaged in a variety of activities introduce the letters of the alphabet. c1978.
Freeman, Don. FOREVER LAUGHTER. Nothing can make the gloomy King laugh until the jester brings him a mirror. 
Goodall, John S. THE ADVENTURES OF PADDY PORK. A picture story in which a little pig slips away from his mother to joint the circus, only to learn he was better off at home. 
Goodall, John S. THE BALLOONING ADVENTURES OF PADDY PORK. The further adventures of Paddy Pork as he sets out on a balloon journey that takes him to many strange places. 
Goodall, John S. PADDY'S NEW HAT. The purchase of an elegant straw hat leads Paddy Pork into a series of wild adventures. c1980.
Goodall, John S. PADDY PORK'S HOLIDAY. A summer camping expedition turns into a series of unexpectedly dramatic adventures for young Paddy. c1976.
Hoban, Tana. BIG ONES, LITTLE ONES. Photos without text depict the mature and young of various animals, both domestic and wild. c1976.
Hoban, Tana. JUST LOOK. The reader views photographs of familiar objects, first through cut-out holes, then in their entirety. c1996.
Hoban, Tana. LOOK! LOOK! LOOK! Photographs of familiar objects are first viewed through a cut-out hole, then in their entirety. c1988.
Hoban, Tana. OF COLORS AND THINGS. Photographs of toys, food, and other common objects are grouped on each page according to color. c1989.
Hoban, Tana. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS. Photographs without text feature shadows and reflections of various objects, animals, and people. c1990.
Hoban, Tana. SHAPES, SHAPES, SHAPES. Photographs of familiar objects such as chair, barrettes, and manhole cover present a study of rounded and angular shapes. c1986.
Hogrogian, Nonny. APPLES. The apple peddler replenishes his cart from the trees that grow from the discarded cores of the apples he sells. 
Hutchins, Pat. 1 HUNTER. One hunter walks through the forest observed first by two elephants, then by three giraffes, etc. 1986, c1982.
Hutchins, Pat. CHANGES, CHANGES. Two wooden dolls rearrange wooden building blocks to form various objects. [c1971]
Karlin, Bernie. MEOW! A cat's constant meow annoys a whole family until they learn the surprising reason for all the noise. c1991.
Keats, Ezra Jack. CLEMENTINA'S CACTUS. Clementina discovers a delightful surprise deep inside the prickly skin of the cactus. 
Kent, Jack. THE EGG BOOK. An optimistic hen hatches a turtle, an alligator, and an ostrich before she discovers how to hatch a chick. 
Krahn, Fernando. HOW SANTA CLAUS HAD A LONG AND DIFFICULT JOURNEY DELIVERING HIS PRESENTS. Pictures without words show Santa Claus trying to get airborne after the reindeer break away from their traces. 
Krahn, Fernando. LITTLE LOVE STORY. Although inflating a valentine gift becomes a major project, it seems worthwhile when a fall from the balcony occurs. c1976.
Krahn, Fernando. THE SECRET IN THE DUNGEON. A curious child slips away from a tour group at an old castle and stumbles upon a sleeping dragon in a dungeon. c1983.
Krahn, Fernanco. WHO'S SEEN THE SCISSORS? The tailor's scissors suddenly take off on a rampage, snipping their way around town leaving a wake of mild destruction. 
Lewis, Stephen. ZOO CITY. By matching the photograph of an inanimate city object on the upper half of a split page with the photograph of the animal it resembles on the lower half, the reader also completes the name of the animal involved. c1976.
Lindblom, Steven. LET'S GIVE KITTY A BATH! Two children try to give Kitty a bath and a merry chase ensues when Kitty tries to hide from them. c1982.
Martin, Rafe. WILL'S MAMMOTH. Though his parents explain there have been no mammoths for over 10,000 years, Will goes out in the snow one day, certain he will meet some. c1989.
Mayer, Mercer. AH-CHOO. Relates the consequences of an elephant's sneeze. c1976.
Mayer, Marianna. ALLEY OOP! One by one, ten animals form a pyramid--the first is a mouse and the last is an elephant. c1985.
Mayer, Mercer. A BOY, A DOG, A FROG, AND A FRIEND. A quiet fishing party is interrupted when something unexpected bites on the line. Mercer. A boy, a dog, a frog, and a friend. 
Mayer, Mercer. A BOY, A DOG, AND A FROG. Tells in pictures a boy's unsuccessful attempts to catch a frog. 
Mayer, Mercer. FROG, WHERE ARE YOU? A boy and his dog suffer through several adventures while searching for a pet frog that escaped during the night. 
Mayer, Mercer. HICCUP. Mr. Hippopotamus' violent efforts to cure his lady friend's hiccups become increasingly irritating to her--then he gets an attack. c1976.
Mayer, Mercer TWO MORAL TALES. A bear dresses up in dilapidated clothing only to be laughed at and two birds quarrel over the ownership of a top hat in these two stories told in pictures.
JPB Mayer c.2
Mayer, Mercer. SLY FOX'S FOLLY. TWO MORE MORAL TALES. The pictorial adventures of two pigs who dress up for an evening out and a sly fox who attempts to trick two ladies. 
McCully, Emily Arnold. FOUR HUNGRY KITTENS. In this wordless story, four kittens share adventures while their mother is away hunting food. c2001.
McCully, Emily Arnold. NEW BABY. The youngest mouse in a large family discovers excitement and frustration when a new baby arrives. c1988.
Created by Donna Wallach, March 2005