Wordless Picture Books
In this wordless picture book, a variation on the classic fairy tale, Little Red has baked a cake with her father and they set off for Grandma’s house, but along the way they are trailed by a cat who loves cakes.
CALL NUMBER: ER LEHMAN
Anthony’s house is full of family photos — of his parents’ trip to Paris, his great aunt, and Anthony himself as a toddler, holding his favorite rock. When Anthony wakes up one morning, he sees that his “rock” has cracked open — it’s hollow inside. He doesn’t see the little face peering out from the closet. Later, he discovers the newly hatched creature and they become friends. Anthony asks his mother about the rock, and she shows him a photo album of a trip to Paris. Anthony sees that his friend resembles the gargoyles at Notre-Dame cathedral. Back in his room, he shows the photos to the baby gargoyle who looks at them with longing. News arrives that Anthony’s great aunt is in hospital. The family travel to Paris to visit, and Anthony secretly brings the baby gargoyle. When the family have a chance to climb Notre-Dame’s tower, Anthony and his friend wander from one gargoyle to the next … until the baby gargoyle sees one that looks just like him. A bittersweet story of true friendship and letting go.
CALL NUMBER: ER BOGART
Two children are swept up in an imaginative quest to save the king and his realm from dark forces when the king emerges from a magical door at the park and presses a map and strange objects into their hands before being captured and disappearing.
CALL NUMBER: ER BECKER
The lonely protagonist returns to her fantastical world for friendship and adventure, where only the most powerful motivations persuade her to return home.
CALL NUMBER: ER BECKER
In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old.
CALL NUMBER: ER STAAKE
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
CALL NUMBER: ER WIE
A wordless picture book shows the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.
CALL NUMBER: ER RAS
Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat’s territory to make emergency repairs.
CALL NUMBER: ER WIESNER
And magic once again flows from the pencil and imagination of internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee. With the lightest of touches, this masterwork blurs the lines between real and imagined, reminding us why Lee’s books have been lauded around the world, recognized on New York Times Best Illustrated Books lists and nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honor given to children’s book creators. This seemingly simple story about a young skater on a frozen pond will charm the youngest of readers while simultaneously astounding book enthusiasts of any age.
CALL NUMBER: ER LEE
Books to Read Aloud - Funny Easy Readers
A smug seagull that loves swiping beach-goers’ snacks gets a taste of his own medicine from a patient crab.
CALL NUMBER: ER FROST
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are good friends until they learn there is only one drop of maple syrup left and begin a frantic race through the refrigerator in an effort to be the first one to get there.
CALL NUMBER: ER FUNK
Mabel, the fanciest and sassiest dog the Hamptons has ever seen, causes all sorts of chaos for her parents with her naughty hijinx.
CALL NUMBER: ER LANE
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.
CALL NUMBER: ER NOVAK
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.
CALL NUMBER: ER HIGGINS
There has been a terrible crime, Bear tells us. Someone has STOLEN a delicious chocolate cake! Bear sets off to find the culprit, questioning characters and compiling clues from A to Z. Among the suspects: a gingerbread man (G) with a bite out of his head, a kite (K) that may be above the law, and an octopus (O) with grabby tentacles. But — hold on — are those crumbs on Bear’s page? Is that frosting on his face? Looks like our narrator is a little unreliable! And it appears our culprit might be the one that Bear wants readers to suspect the least of all!
CALL NUMBER: ER MCLAUGHLIN
A very serious goose will not be silly for any reason, including putting a chicken on her head, dressing her like a moose, or making a funny face.
CALL NUMBER: ER KIMMEL
When Wolf disguises himself as a sheep and infiltrates the friendly neighborhood herd, helping with chores, reading bedtime stories to the lambs, and working up a sweat in sheep aerobics class, Wolf’s sneaky disguise is not as convincing as he thinks.
CALL NUMBER: ER YOON
Capybara will do anything for his friends. But it’s exhausting–and when Capybara meets a potential new friend who doesn’t seem to be responding to his advances, Capybara learns a valuable lesson. His friends like him just for who he is!
CALL NUMBER: ER FROST
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.
CALL NUMBER: ER PIZZOLI
Books about Grief/Death
As her grandmother’s health declines, a young girl begins to take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions.
CALL NUMBER: ER IRVING
Whether children are experiencing grief and loss for the first time or simply curious, it can be difficult to know how to talk to them about death. Using questions posed in a child’s voice and answers that start simply and become more in-depth, this book allows adults to guide the conversation to a natural and reassuring conclusion.
CALL NUMBER: ER ROBERTS
Grieving over the death of a special person, a young child creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one. Includes a guide for parents with information from a Christian perspective on helping manage the complex and difficult emotions children feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.
CALL NUMBER: ER ROWLAND
A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.
CALL NUMBER: ER LEVIS
With subtlety and grace, Benji Davies paints a poignant and ultimately uplifting picture of loss.
CALL NUMBER: ER DAVIES
Illustrations and brief text relate how a person might feel when they lose someone they love.
CALL NUMBER: ER PARR
A young girl, still reeling from her dog’s death, finds solace while picking up stones on the beach during her family’s vacation.
CALL NUMBER: ER BECKER
A group of children says goodbye to a beloved pet turtle who has died.
CALL NUMBER: ER SALERNO
After a young boy’s beloved dog dies, the boy encounters a stray dog on the beach. At first, the boy is not interested in having another dog as a pet, but as he walks and plays on the beach, he gradually becomes interested in taking care of the stray dog as a pet.
CALL NUMBER: ER HEST
A little girl visits her grandmother in different seasons, and together they explore the wonders of her garden. Until, one day, Nana isn’t there anymore. But as winter gives way to spring, the girl learns that life goes on, and so does the memory of those we love.
CALL NUMBER: ER CASEY
George loves spending Saturdays with his grandmother, Stella. One day, Stella is gone and George is ready to cancel Saturdays–until a new addition to the family arrives and George finds a way to honor the memories of his beloved grandmother.
CALL NUMBER: ER WELLINS
Where Lily Isn’t is Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s beautiful bereavement picture book celebrating the love of a lost pet.
Big gloomy clouds have hung over Delilah’s head and heart since her beloved grandfather died. But remembering an old trick he taught her on the farm, she lassos all the clouds out of the sky as she navigates her feelings of sadness and isolation. The Cloud Lasso is a poetic meditation on loss, memory, and paying homage to those we’ve lost.
CALL NUMBER: ER SCHLAIFER
This honest, sensitive and beautifully illustrated picture book is designed to help explain the concept of death to children aged 3-7. Written in Alex’s own words, it is based on the real-life conversations that Elke Barber had with her then three-year-old son, Alex, after the sudden death of his father.
CALL NUMBER: ER BARBER
‘She’s in a better place now,’ adults say again and again when someone dies. But it doesn’t seem better, it seems stupid. This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognises the anger, confusion and fear that we feel about death – but refuses to succumb to banalaties when talking about it. Necessary and beautiful, Death is Stupid is an invaluable tool for talking about death, but also the possibilities for celebrating life and love.
CALL NUMBER: ER HIGGINBOTHAM
A touching picture book for children about a young boy and his family overcoming the loss of his father. This colorful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery, centering on a small pond in the garden, and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world.
CALL NUMBER: ER DAVIES
Four-year-old Tommy enjoys his relationship with both his grandmother and great-grandmother, but eventually learns to face their inevitable death.
CALL NUMBER: ER DEP
Isabelle and her dog Brecken were always together, playing and snuggling. They were even born on the same day! When Brecken dies, Isabelle feels sad, angry, and lonely. Isabelle dreams she goes on a journey through the woods to find him. When she wakes, she is able to accept Brecken’s death and say goodbye… When Isabelle awoke from her dream, she knew. Her memories of Brecken will never go away.
CALL NUMBER: ER LUPTON
Oliver the tortoise looks back on his happy life as he wonders why his pet human, Ike, who he has had for eighty years, has stopped visiting the garden.
CALL NUMBER: ER SCILLIAN
As a dog and his little girl go on their final walk together, he gets to experience the sights, smells, and wonders of this world one last time before peacefully passing on. But for such a good boy and his foreverfriend, that doesn’t mean it’s the end.
CALL NUMBER: ER WILDER
Following a family tradition, Grandpa gives Emilia a walnut and together they plant and care for it, but as her little nut grows into a tree, Grandpa begins to slow down until one sad day Emilia has to say goodbye.
When Sam’s best friend Reagan dies after her heart suddenly gives out, Sam must learn to deal with her grief and ultimately discover who she is without her best friend by her side.
CALL NUMBER: JF STOKES
Eleven-year-old Rain must adjust to a new normal after her brother dies and her family moves to New York City.
CALL NUMBER: JF STODDARD
With insight and a light touch, best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning author Gary D. Schmidt tells two poignant, linked stories: that of a grieving girl and a boy trying to escape his violent past.
CALL NUMBER: JF SCHMIDT
Written by award-winning author Tony Abbott and perfect for fans of The Ethan I Was Before and The Thing About Jellyfish, this bittersweet middle grade novel follows the ghost of Denis Egan as he teams up with his living twin brother to solve the mystery of his death.
CALL NUMBER: JF ABBOTT
Two girls who feel alone and lost bond over their shared emotions during the summer but find their friendship tested when the realities of their home lives intrude once more.
CALL NUMBER: JF SNYDER
Trowbridge Road paints an unwavering portrait of a girl and her family touched by mental illness and grief. Set in the Boston suburbs during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, the novel explores how a seemingly perfect neighborhood can contain restless ghosts and unspoken secrets. Written with deep insight and subtle lyricism by acclaimed author Marcella Pixley, Trowbridge Road demonstrates our power to rescue one another even when our hearts are broken.
CALL NUMBER: JF PIXLEY
Can a clever young inventor uncover a ruthless pirate’s heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees.
CALL NUMBER: JF EAGAR