Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Picture Books


This week’s recommendations focus on one of my favorite types of children’s books: the wordless picture book. The great thing about a wordless book is that it encourages the reader to create descriptions and dialogue of their own. Each time you read the story it will be a little bit different. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.

The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 978-0547238685


Take a wordless adventure though time in this intriguing adventure of secret maps in secret boxes hidden in secret hiding places. It all begins when a boy many years ago hides a secret box in the attic of a school for boys in the country. Time passes and it seems that the secret box has been forgotten until the day three school children find the box in the secret hiding place in the attic.

Shadow by Suzy Lee

Chronicle Books, 978-0811872805


This story is about a young girl who plays make-believe in her garage. On the left hand page you see the girl and her surroundings drawn in black and white with charcoal and pencil. On the right hand page are the shadows of the girl and the objects.

Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Scholastic Press, 978-0439700498


This wordless book follows the escapades of a sneaky walrus that escapes from the zoo and leads the mustachioed zookeeper on a merry chase across town. The walrus is a master of disguise and he manages to elude the zookeeper by dressing as a construction worker, dancer, painter, and even a fire fighter. The zookeeper finally catches up with walrus at a diving competition, which the walrus wins.

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