This year, all sixteen competitors in our Battle of the Books tournament are wordless.
Don’t dismiss the idea of reading a book without words. Wordless books are often gorgeous to look at, and find amazing ways to tell their stories. They also encourage creativity, letting readers add details about the setting, characters, and story based on the pictures they see.
Check them out and vote for your favorite!
By Raymond Briggs
When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight above beautiful cities and strange lands.
By Matthew Cordell
When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.
By Bill Thomson
Three children go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
By Istvan Banyai
A series of scenes, but each one is part of the next one, which is shown from farther away. A girl playing with toys, for example, is actually a picture on a magazine cover, which is part of a sign on a bus, and so on.
By Stephanie Graegin
When a young fox swipes her stuffed animal from the playground and races away into the woods, a girl and her friend follow, arriving at a hedge archway where a marvelous village filled with miniature stone cottages, treehouses, and woodland creatures share a magical existence.
By David Wiesner
While scouring the beach for flotsam—anything floating that has been washed ashore—a young science enthusiast stumbles upon an old underwater camera that contains secrets from beneath the sea.
By Aaron Becker
A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free.
A young girl traveling from her city apartment to her grandmother’s country home becomes lost and enters a fantastical world in the clouds.
By Elly MacKay
It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. Her granddaughter is reluctant to go. The weather is terrible and they have to wear fancy, uncomfortable clothes. But as the curtains rise on The Nutcracker, the girl’s eyes light up as she’s introduced to the magic of the theater. The bright costumes, the intricate dances, the magical music, and a new friend all combine to captivate the girl and to bring color to an otherwise dreary evening.
By Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
An owl and a bat family endeavor to share living spaces on the same tree branch, where initial wariness is overcome by the curiosity of the families’ babies on a wild and stormy night that compels them to set aside their apprehensions.
By Stephen Savage
Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself from a chasing zookeeper. Will a yellow hardhat point to a new life as a construction worker? Or will a red swimming cap reveal his true talents?
By Jerry Pinkney
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.
By Silvia Borando, Lorenzo Clerici, and Elisabetta Pica
As a boy paints a room, he finds little surprises coming from the colored part of the wall.
By John Rocco
When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.
By Chris Raschka
A young dog is heartbroken when a bigger dog destroys a favorite toy.
By Alexandra Day
Carl, the lovable, trusty family dog, has a wonderful time and gets in all kinds of trouble with the baby of the family when Mother leaves the house.