Wordless picture books are a great way to get kids talking about books! I love using them to work on inference skills and to hear students’ interpretations of the book. Their personalities really come out when they are able to have discussions about what they are thinking. Some are a little more creative than others. Lol!
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Hike by Pete Oswald
A father and child(you don’t know if they are a boy or a girl) go on a day trip to the forest. They have fun, face some challenges while doing something good for the environment. When they get home the place their photo of their trip in a photo album, letting you know this is a family tradition. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka
A dandelion becomes a lion and sets off to explore the world. This is a great book to get kids talking about things that they wish they could do. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
A little girl and a wolf are lost in a snowstorm, together they find their way home. This is a great book that can lead to discussions about working together to solve a problems. Bookshop Affiliate Link
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
A little girl sees a bicycle in a store window and instantly knows she has to have it. So she works hard for months to get the bike of her dreams. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Chalk by Bill Thomson
I LOVED this book. After a rainy day, a group of kids begins drawing different things that come to life. Be careful what you draw with chalk. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare
HATE field trips. Why? Because I’m terrified of losing a student. This book is my worst nightmare but makes a great book for kids. Lol
A class goes on a field trip to outer space. One student falls asleep and gets left behind. Now he has to figure out what to do until he is rescued. This book is so fun! Bookshop Affiliate Link
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoet
Vanessa is the new girl and is instantly a target for A girl witnesses Vanessa being bullied and doesn’t know what to do. She eventually makes a decision to help her and then other kids follow. This is a great book for the beginning of the year. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Wallpaper by Thao Lam
A girl moves into a new house with her family and hears a group of kids playing outside. She’s too shy to join them so she begins peeling wallpaper and she finds herself in an imaginary world. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Small Things by Mel Tregonning
Small Things is about a boy who is filled with worry. He is anxious and feels alone. He feels hopeless and doesn’t know what to do. He learns that it is okay to talk about his feelings to someone he trusts.
I recommend reading this book with upper elementary students if you are a teacher. This is a great book for counselors to have in their toolkit. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Another by Christian Robinson
This book reminded me of Coraline. A girl enters a portal to another world and finds versions of herself and everyone she knows. I think this book is a great book to use if teaching inferences. Bookshop Affiliate Link
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Thank you for these recommendations! We just bought “Another” and my 3 year old daughter has read it at least 50 times. I love how it encourages so much discussion. I am a huge Christian Robinson fan.
You are so welcome! Another is awesome! I am a fan of Christian Robinson too! His illustrations are gorgeous! I hope you’re able to check out the other books too!