Wordless Picture Books To Buy You A Few Minutes of Quiet

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[Image Description: Feature of an illustration within The Journey Trilogy, by Aaron Becker] The rest of the images in this post are book covers of titles referenced before the images.

Illustration-only picture books to foster independence in toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-readers


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Five minutes of quiet

Five minutes of quiet, alone time, with no one hanging on you, screaming in you ear, or demanding to be picked up.

Five minutes of peace and quiet in the car, without screams and demands.

Five minutes to lie down without diapers to change, spit-up to clean, or a toddler to entertain.

When you’re a stay-at-home parent, alone-time (specifically calm, quiet alone time) is precious. That’s the genius behind wordless picture books. Your toddler can read them alone!

How to get the most out of illustration-only picture books

  • Potty Training Bait:
    Having a bin of books my kids could read independently next to the potty was a sanity-saver. We used elimination-communication (basically, potty-training from birth), which means lots of hours, for years, hanging out with a baby/toddler on the potty, entertaining him and convincing him not to wander off and pee on the rug.
  • Anti-Screaming Travel Device:
    My first kid was a car-screamer, meaning he screamed non-stop for the first year he was in the car. Before he could use his hands, I’d have to drive with one hand on the wheel and the other twisted into the backseat so he could hold my finger. Once he was old enough to hold a book open, these distracted him for short periods and bought me precious quiet miles on the road.
  • Independence Trainer:
    My spirited son needs full, non-stop attention during all waking hours, so he was constantly asking me to read books to him. Sometimes, I just needed a break. Or to cook, do laundry, or close my eyes and re-evaluate my life choices for five minutes. Armed with a book without words, I was able to argue “You don’t need me to read this one to you – you can read it yourself!”
  • Sibling Facilitator:
    My boys are two years apart, and they get along well. But envy and jealousy pops up occasionally, and when that happens, it’s easy to redirect them and help them work as a team. They can ‘read’ books with no words to each other, or alongside one another as a break from arguing.

If you’re going to raise kind and brilliant little humans, they need to learn how to operate independently.

Independent non-word ‘reading’ is a great start to independent learning. Below, you’ll find the most engaging illustration-only books that I used to keep my marbles when I was stuck at home alone with one (and then two) small children.


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Quiet Stories of Kindness & Cooperation

Sidewalk Flowers, Mr. Wuffles, The Girl And The Bicycle

 

 

 

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Snowman’s Story, I See You is little savior-y and not my thing, but it’s popular. Sigh.), South

 

 

 

 

Fox’s Garden (Caveat – the author also wrote ‘The Snow Rabbit’, which is ableist. But this one is okay.) I Walk With Vanessa, Boat of Dreamsinvisible line

 

 

 

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Brick by Brick


Big Adventures, Zero Words

The Journey Trilogy, Flotsam, The Umbrella, Sector 7, Little Fox In The Forest


Silent Friendships

The Flora Series, The Snow Rabbit, Bee & Me

 

 

 

 

invisible line

Red


Quiet Mini-Stories

Blue Chameleon, Float, Wonder Bear

 

 

 

 

 


Fantastical What-Ifs

Chalk, Fossil, Tuesday

 


Perennial Classics

The Red Book, Changes, Changes, The Carl Series

 


Busy  Busy Details

Welcome To the Zoo, Zoom

 

 

 


Surreal Silent Stories

Blue Rider



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