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Wordless books promote pre-reading skills — prediction, comprehension, sequencing, inferring and visual literacy — and are useful for classrooms with English-language learners.


A Ball for Daisy
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.

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32 pages | 9.88" x 10.25"

$19.99

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A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp.

They spot a frog in the water.

Can they use a net to catch him?

A great wordless book to promote building vocabulary.

$7.50

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Chalk
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw and then...magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination. Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.

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This is a wordless picture book.

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40 pages | 9.10" x 12.10"

 

$22.99

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Fishing in the Summertime (English/Inuktitut)
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Let’s go fishing!

This wordless picture book follows a child and his father as they go fishing, catch fish, and make pitsi.

Educator & Series Information
This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills.

This is a Sequence Book. These wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling behaviours and use vocabulary as they interact with the book. Developing sequencing skills can also help children recognize patterns that make the world around them more predictable.  

Recommended Ages: 3 and under

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23 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

Authenticity Note: This book has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label as the author of this wordless story is Indigenous and the story, although containing no words, reflects Indigenous topics/themes.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$16.95

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Fox's Garden
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown-ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness.

Princesse Camcam's cut-paper illustrations, along with the beautiful lighting of the sets she creates, make the experience of looking at these illustrations both touching and transcendent. Their beauty and essential simplicity reflect the beauty of the story. The reader is left charmed by the fox and the child and thoughtful about the emotional lives of both humans and other creatures.

Educator Information
This is a wordless picture book.

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32 pages | 10.13" x 5.88"

$22.50

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Free Fall
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

When he falls asleep with a book in his arms, a young boy dreams an amazing dream-about dragons, about castles, and about an unchartered, faraway land. And you can come along.

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This is a wordless picture book.

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32 pages | 11.00" x 9.25"

$8.50

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Making a Qamutiik (English/Inuktitut)
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Learn how to make a qamutiik!

This wordless picture book features colourful illustrations showing the steps of how to make a qamutiik.

Educator Information
This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills.

This is a Sequence Book. These wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling behaviours and use vocabulary as they interact with the book. Developing sequencing skills can also help children recognize patterns that make the world around them more predictable.  

Recommended Ages: 3 and under

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20 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

Authenticity Note: This book has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label as the author of this wordless story is Indigenous and the story, although containing no words, reflects Indigenous topics and themes.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$13.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Going to the Library
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

What will you find at the library?

This wordless sequence book features a girl and her mother on a trip to the library. Children can reflect on their own love of books and reading as they watch the story unfold.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. It is a Level 1 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: WB.

Wordless picture books are valuable tools for literacy development as they engage children in prediction, critical thinking, meaning-making and storytelling.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

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8 pages | 6.00" x 6.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Lighting the Qulliq
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

How do you light the qulliq?

This wordless sequence book shows a grandmother and granddaughter lighting a qulliq long ago.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. It is a Level 1 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: WB.

Wordless picture books are valuable tools for literacy development as they engage children in prediction, critical thinking, meaning-making and storytelling.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Indigenous Perspectives; History and Heritage.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

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8 pages | 6.00" x 6.00"

Authenticity Note: This book has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label because the story was created by an Indigenous author. And even though this is a wordless book, it uses illustrations to tell a story that portrays Indigenous topics/themes.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$7.95

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Pictographs: The Graphic Art of James Simon Mishibinijima
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

In Pictographs, Ojibway artist James Simon Mishibinijima brings to life the legends passed down to him by generations of Elders. In this collection of drawings, each image tells a story, silently communicating lessons of harmony, interconnectedness and peace.

Transcending the familiar iconography of the Near North—the crows, the wolves, the loons and the ravens—the drawings of James Simon, known as Mishibinijima, propel readers into a fantastical spirit world, one that is as powerful and mysterious as it is beautiful.

In Mishibinijima’s Pictographs, smooth, quiet drawings serve as a reflection of place, not just of the wild geography of forest and rock of his native Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island but also of the ancestral wisdom of the Elders, whose telling images remain graven into stone on the north shore of Lake Superior and at the burial sites of LaCloche Island.

Mishibinijima’s world is quiet, devoid of language—a world in which the artist listens to the fauna, in which pictographs articulate the essential interconnectedness of nature and in which images themselves become texts of dimly-remembered lessons recited by Elders long passed.

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"Arresting, elegant, and powerful, the pictographs approach storytelling in an entirely new way to draw readers into a world of spirits, animals, lessons, and knowledge. A silent exploration of interconnectedness and history, the collection speaks volumes." — Open Book Ontario

"Unique and an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, Pictographs: The Graphic Art of James Simon Mishibinijima is an uncommon and very special addition to personal, community, and academic libra[ries]...."— Midwest Book Review

Educator Information
The Canadian Indigenous Books for Schools list recommends this resource for Grades 4-12 for these subjects: Art Education, Social Studies.

The language of pictographs is used in this work, not the English or Ojibwe languages.

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208 pages | 5.50" x 9.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$24.95

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Rainstorm
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company.
But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.
Caldecott Honor winner Barbara Lehman recalls many stormy days in childhood when she was completely content just to play or read indoors, feeling cozily sheltered inside during bad weather. This book, however, was inspired by her memories of the
other kind of rainy days, the ones of feeling utterly restless and trapped and just wanting something to happen . . .

$24.99

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Re-Zoom
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Open this wordless book and take off on mind-bending visual journeys 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.

$9.50

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Shadow
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

A dark attic. A light bulb. An imaginative little girl.

Internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee uses these simple elements to create a visual tour de force that perfectly captures the joy of creative play and celebrates the power of imagination. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of color, present an adventure that begins and ends with the click of a light bulb.

$20.99

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Small Things
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

In this wordless graphic picture book, a young boy feels alone with his worries. He isn't fitting in well at school. His grades are slipping. He's even lashing out at those who love him.

Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her 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.

Reviews
"Much like the boy's ever-transforming anxieties, panels shift from slender, compressed squares to sweeping double-page spreads. The otherworldly glow of the black-and-white palette, too, elegantly underscores the boy's ongoing battle against darkness. More than a moving portrayal of one boy's struggle, this is also a magnifying lens through which to identify and discuss mental illness with readers of all ages. Don't let its title or page count fool you, Small Things' effects are monumental."—Booklist Starred Review

"[An] incredibly moving tale...This wordless, picture book–size graphic novel is rendered in beautiful gradients of pencil....[A] sympathetic examination of anxiety that never assigns blame; instead, the authors acknowledge the complexity of the situation and that resolutions aren't easy....VERDICT: With direction from educators, guidance counselors, or parents, this poignant title will resonate with those dealing with mental illness. A superb example of bibliotherapy."—School Library Journal Starred Review

"Small Things, a wordless graphic novel by Mel Tregonning...is an extraordinary example: an illustrated book that communicates difficult, painful ideas solely via intricate monochrome graphite drawings....[I]t offers a significant potential gift: understanding, and the possibility of recovery...The image of a small, vulnerable body breaking down by degrees, while deeply discomfiting, honours the weight of what it conveys; and the book as a whole celebrates the helpfulness of unconditional love, while successfully avoiding a superficial, unduly swift resolution."—The Times Literary Supplement, "Buzz-saw of the imagination"

"In this wordless story told through paneled graphite art that makes achingly attuned use of chiaroscuro, a boy is having a hard time—not the kind many picture-book kids have en route to finding a problem's clear-cut solution, but an enduringly hard time....One hopes this book will reach children who relate to the boy's plight and anyone who, like the boy's sister, suspects that a loved one is in pain and needs help."—The Horn Book Magazine

"[R]efreshing visibility and validity of childhood pressures accompanied by the equally important realization that no one is alone in their experience..."—Kirkus Reviews

"Every once in a while, we are privileged with the gift of holding in our hands truly unique and emotionally riveting books which have the capacity to leave permanent footprints etched in the heart. Mel Tregonning's Small Things is, undeniably, one of those books....[A] wordless masterpiece that...effortlessly taps into the rawness of the human experience....This beautifully depicted textless narrative which effectively honours not only the life of Tregonning, herself, but also the lives of all those who have been impacted by struggles with mental health, is a must-have, one-of-a-kind addition to every school library and home collection. Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

"The book is wordless, but the black and white panel illustrations tell a thousand words about the plight of anxiety and ultimately the healing power of acceptance and connection."—Vancouver Family Magazine

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 8-12

Wordless, picture-book size graphic novel.

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40 pages | 9.30" x 12.20" | wordless book with halftone illustrations throughout.

$24.95

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The Lion & the Mouse
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

$23.50

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