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Classic Wordless Picture Books

Here are some great classic wordless picture books that appeal to boys.

The wordless picture books below have stood the test of time and have been well-loved by many readers.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

For more awesome book selections that boys will enjoy see: best books for boys.

Get the very best classic wordless picture books that boys will devour. They are going to want to read these again, and again, and again. There are huge benefits to getting your kids hooked on wordless picture books and this list is a great place to start.

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Classic Wordless Picture Books

After writing a post on The Benefits of Wordless Picture Books I wanted to share with you some of the best books for boys in the wordless picture book category.

Wordless pictures books have a special place in my heart and we have read as many as we could over the years.

I hope you, too, will give them a try and come to love them.

1. Zoom by Istvan Banyai.  Totally neat.  I could actually leave it at that as this book is a must read classic if you like wordless picture books.  Starting with the comb on a rooster this book zooms out again and again.  It is not only, very fun to look at, but this book will certainly get boys paying attention to details.

2. The Red Book by Barbara Lehman is a Caldecott Honor Book. It is hard to give you an idea what this book is about without giving away the special parts, and there are special parts.  There is a red book, a girl and a boy.  That is about all I am going to say 🙂  Well, I will also say it is truly wonderful and worth reading.

3. Free Fall by David Wiesner is another Caldecott Honor Book.  A boy in bed sleeping with a book in his arms.  Quilts turn into landscapes and the magic begins.  There is chess, plus knights, a dragon, aliens, and more.  My son didn’t enjoy this title as much as I did, but your experience with your boy my differ. I hope you will give it a go and leave a comment letting me know if your boy likes it.

4. Flotsam by David Wiesner is a Caldecott Medal BookThis is our all-time favorite classic wordless picture book and that is saying a lot since we enjoy so many of them!  A curious boy on vacation at the beach discovers a camera.  The images captured on the camera are astonishing and I wish they were real!  This book is delightful and Highly Recommended.  I will even go so far as saying this is a must read book.

5. Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno.  If you are not familiar with Anno I suggest you take a close look.  His books are amazing and Anno’s Journey is no exception.  There is so much to see here it is hard to describe with words.  Thankfully Anno does a lovely job of sharing his journey throughout the countryside with his illustrations.  At the back of the book there is a small list of things to look for in the book.  This is not your typical, find 3 dogs type of list. Here are few things you will find:  details from famous paintings, story characters, and Beethoven sitting in a window.  The details are remarkable.

6. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer.  Here is an amusing tale of a boy who tries to catch a frog.  Both the boy and the frog end up frustrated but boys will like the ending.

7. Sector 7 by David Wiesner. A Caldecott Honor Book. A boy, a school trip, and a cloud turn into an adventure to the place where clouds are made.  The boy can draw and that leads to all sorts of troubles.  This is really a fun and creative book.  Love the ending!  David Wiesner is, perhaps, our favorite wordless picture book author.  Be sure to check out his other books.

8. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.  A snowman coming to life always makes for a good book doesn’t it?  This book is a true classic, and if you have not read it with your boy yet, you should put it on your list  and read it this winter.  The ending is sad but we like to think, like Frosty, the snowman will be back.

I hope you enjoy these classic wordless picture books.  We liked them all and think they are wonderful, high quality books that will appeal to boys of all ages!

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If you have classic wordless picture books for boys to recommend please leave a comment!  We are always looking for additional books to review and/or read.


Friday 22nd of August 2014

We love Flotsam! I gotta get the other books in your list. There's a "google lit trip" for Flotsam you can check out if you're interested at It's cool! I've pinned this post to keep it handy. Visiting via Family Fun Friday.


Friday 22nd of August 2014

Hi Patricia, Thanks so much for visiting. Flotsam is certainly one of our favorites! I do hope you are able to try some of the other books, I am sure your son will enjoy them. Thanks for the link--that looks interesting. I have tried a couple of those before but didn't know there was one for Flotsam.

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

Friday 8th of August 2014

Sadly, my daughter never cared for wordless books, because she is so text-oriented. It's a shame, really, because some of them are gorgeous. Have you read The Journey - breathtaking!


Friday 8th of August 2014

Hi Natalie, Wordless picture books have been such a part of our lives that it is hard for me to imagine someone not liking them :) I agree that they can be gorgeous. Yes, we have read Journey many time. Actually it is featured in our next post about wordless picture books.


Monday 4th of August 2014

Sheila - I remember you saying about Wordless books before because while I was searching through the preloved books at the charity shop (goodwill) the other day I found one called Hug, and got all excited and explained to my parents why I was buying it!


Wednesday 6th of August 2014

So glad you found a book to get to have at home. We do love HUG. In fact we just got it from the library the other day for old times sake :)


Thursday 31st of July 2014

This is a great list. As a boy (with undiagnosed dyslexia!) I spent hours looking through Raymond Briggs' books.


Thursday 31st of July 2014

Raymond Briggs--we are huge fans. Thanks for the comment. Wordless picture books are so magical and have so very much to offer. Glad to hear you enjoyed Briggs' books as much as we did.


Monday 28th of July 2014

What a lovely list! We have a couple of those titles in our home library, and our youngest loves them. He's not much of a story writer, but give him a picture book and he will make up a story on the spot for you. :-) I think a trip the library is in order this weekend, maybe I can find a few more of these to check out.


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Thanks for the nice comment about the list. There will be a list of lesser known wordless picture books coming soon.