Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Seeing is Reading: Wordless Books, Graphic Novels and Comics

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! - (ISBN: 978-0979923890)

by Geoffrey Hayes

Learn a valuable lesson about the downside of entering a forbidden area (and also the upside)! Benny and Penny are too curious about what is in their new neighbor’s backyard to stay away and yet…. If they find a robber there, they may be helping the entire neighborhood. Enjoy this book and others in the Benny and Penny series.

Owly, Volume I: The Way Home - (ISBN: 978-1891830624)

by Andy Runton

Owly helps Wormy, his compatriot in many stories, get home after a thunderstorm displaces him. Although there are no words in this book, the expressions on the faces of the characters create a world of kindness and friendship, much like that of Winnie the Pooh. Wormy’s happy reunion with his fellow worms is clouded by the other worm’s fear of the kind owl, but Owly soon proves to be a friend to all. Have you ever caught lightening bugs? Take a look at what Owly does with his jar full!

Stinky - (ISBN: 978-0979923845)

by Eleanor Davis

Stinky the reptilian monster revels in mud, slime, and guck. The smellier something is, the more he wallows in it. As he parades around his universe with his frog following, he comes a bit too close to a town! He warns his pals that children live there, beings that love to take baths! If you prefer the dirty smelly approach to life, you’ll love Stinky and his adventures.

The Snowman - (ISBN: 0394839730)

by Raymond Briggs

This version of the children’s classic offers the adventure of the snowman and his eventual demise in cartoon-like panels. The snowman’s expressions gently guide you through the story. Before long, your children will be providing the narration for the tale!

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum - (ISBN: 978-0140568165)

by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

After the museum guard ties a little girl’s forbidden balloon to the outside railing near the Met, an enterprising pigeon releases the balloon, and it sets off for many adventures across the city. As the balloon travels, the sights it comes across reflect the paintings and other art the girl and her grandmother are seeing inside the museum in this wordless picture book. Talk about the pictures on each page with your child.

Little Mouse Gets Ready - (ISBN: 978-1935179245)

by Jeff Smith

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox - (ISBN: 978-0761356318)

by Brigitte Luciani

The Adventures of Polo - (ISBN: 978-1596431607)

by Regis Faller

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts - (ISBN: 978-0803725706)

by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

Activities for this Theme

Try a group reading of a wordless picture book following the model on this video.


Try fun things from the Benny and Penny activity sheet.


Cut apart an inexpensive comic book and have your children try to put it together in the order of the original story.


Check out Free Comic Book Day across the country, always on the first Saturday of May. Get your fill of free comics.