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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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Black and White: Visual Stimulation For Babies
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Born in British Columbia, Tsimshian artist and mother Morgan Asoyuf makes her publishing debut with Black and White: Visual Stimulation for Babies.

Using familial crests as her artistic inspiration, this book of high-contrast images is designed to stimulate brain growth and visual development in young babies.

Author Statement
The crest system of the Pacific Northwest is what gave rise to the Northwest Coast art form. Crests depict the deeper story of our Peoples' familial ranks and migratory paths.

Beyond my personal interest in historical art and the processes that create it, I also care deeply about the forwarding of traditional Tsm'syen art and culture.

When my baby was one month old I wanted her to be able to look at black and white images from her Tsimhsian culture. As babies develop sight, they can best see high contrast images and patterns. Exposing them to black and white artwork stimulates brain growth and visual devleopment.

I spent two months developing my drawings and testing them on her. Interestingly, she had clear favourites and would be more excited for certain images.

Northwest art has a healing and mesmerizing effect for all ages and I believe viewing it from a young age will create a varied cognitive development.

What a wonderful way to introduce children to a lifetime of reading!

-- Morgan Asoyuf, Tsimshian

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20 pages | 6.5" x 6.5"

Authenticity Note: Because this book is wordless, only the Authentic Indigenous Artwork label has been applied and no Text Content Territory has been assigned.  The story is told through images, though, which depict Tsimshian culture.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$10.95

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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.

Educator Information
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

Additional Information
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.

Additional Information
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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One Piece of String
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Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool;

One piece of string comes untied from a parcel and changes into a spider's web, a ropy updo, a layer of snow on a birdhouse roof, and other surprises.

Illustrated using Jocelyn's delightful paper collage, this wordless board book invites little ones to follow along and discover that each spread is made up of one single piece! This is a book that will inspire the youngest readers to see their own expanding worlds as a collection of interconnected shapes and colors.

Reviews
"Both animals and objects in Jocelyn's delightful books [One Red Button and One Piece of String] will be familiar to most young children, and her illustrations, with their amusing details, lend themselves to repeated viewing. With these titles, some string, glue, and buckets of large buttons and crayons, educators and parents will have some ready-made art activities (supervised, of course) for mini-makers—and their older siblings. Quirky and fun, these books are natural lead-ins to art projects."— School Library Journal, September 2017

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 2 and under

Wordless Board Book

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$9.95

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One Red Button
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Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool;

One red button falls off a coat and becomes the cherry on an ice-cream cone, the wheel on a fire truck, the jewel in a necklace, and many other round surprises.

Illustrated using Jocelyn's delightful paper collage, One Red Button is a search-and-find adventure for little ones. This book will encourage the youngest readers to see the assortment of shapes and colors that decorate their own growing worlds.

Reviews
"Jocelyn's collages are alive with colour and textures, and they invite their young viewers to not just find the string or button but to linger on the pages' details. Though the books' board book format suggests a preschool audience, art teachers in schools might wish to acquire them to use as exemplars for divergent artistic thinking. Highly Recommended."  — CM Magazine

"Jocelyn's paper collage illustrations are beautifully textured and colourful, incorporating pattern and silhouette to great effect…It also expertly supports visual development in babies, facilitating focus, tracking abilities and colour recognition as they take in all the details contained in Jocelyn's illustrations. One Red Button and One Piece of String are delightful books that lay the groundwork for children to blossom into thorough and thoughtful readers as they develop."— Resource Links

"Both animals and objects in Jocelyn's delightful books will be familiar to most young children, and her illustrations, with their amusing details, lend themselves to repeated viewing. With these titles, some string, glue, and buckets of large buttons and crayons, educators and parents will have some ready-made art activities (supervised, of course) for mini-makers—and their older siblings. Quirky and fun, these books are natural lead-ins to art projects." — School Library Journal, September 2017

"Charmingly illustrated…Jocelyn's mixed-media collage illustrations pair gorgeous patterns with rich textures, creating delightful images that children will recognize from their daily lives…All in all, this is a clever, attractive book that parents and children will thoroughly enjoy." — Kirkus Reviews

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 2 and under

Wordless board book.

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$9.95

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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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Turn on the Night
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

A little girl falls asleep and in her dream becomes a huge gray wolf, like the one in her bedtime story. Out the window she leaps, and a marvelous nighttime adventure unfolds. She visits the rooster in his coop, and invites him to hop upon her back and together they run through the night. A reindeer joins in the fun, until the three are suddenly stopped in their tracks by a giant dazzling star. The reindeer climbs upon the wolf, and the rooster upon the reindeer to reach the star, then they carry it home, where it brings all kinds of light to the little girl’s world.

This vibrantly illustrated wordless picture book is a celebration of the inspiration and freedom to be found in stories, dreams and the imagination.

$18.95

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When You're Scared
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

A sweet story about facing your fears, even when you're scared.

It’s a bright and beautiful day at the lake where a boy and his mother are camping. The boy is just a little scared of jumping into the water. At the same time, not too far away, a hungry bear cub is a little scared of diving deep into a dumpster, where tasty snacks await.

Later, when the boy encounters a distraught mama bear sniffing around the dumpster, he’s very scared. But so is her bear cub, who is trapped inside! Bold, graphic artwork moves the narrative along in this mostly-wordless book full of sound effects and simple variations on a single phrase full of so many meanings (“He was scared”). Parallel stories of the mother and son, and mama and cub, come together when the campers, despite being scared, help rescue the cub from the dumpster.

This simple, moving story invites readers to observe expressions, body language, and details hidden in the illustrations to follow the narrative. It’s a sweet summer read that normalizes fear and encourages acting with courage and compassion—even when you’re scared.

Reviews
"Conquering fears, helping others, and perhaps a message about wild animals and human garbage—though almost wordless, this book certainly says a lot." — Kirkus Reviews

Educator Information
This book features:

  • Mostly wordless narrative told through illustrated clues, sound effects, and variations on a single phrase.
  • Bold, graphic artwork that depicts summer in nature as inviting and exciting.
  • Repetition and patterning support comprehension.

Reading Level: Kindergarten
Fountas & Pinnell: C
Reading Recovery: 3
Lexile Measure: BR80L

Curriculum Components: Language Arts: Reading Comprehension

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48 pages | 8.50" x 11.25"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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