Great Picture Books for Any Language

A Little Voices List: Books with very few words

Sharing wordless books is a terrific way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, understanding and learning how how stories are structured. And children love them — they can really pore over the pictures and create their own story in their own words.

If English is not your first language, these readily available books can help you to enjoy story time in any language. Take the list to your library and they can help you find the titles. Use the picture books to talk about the pictures and make up the story in your own language. Try to get books in your own language and share them with your child.

Remember great talkers make great readers in all languages. Your first language is the best language to talk and read to your child in.

Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne

Handa’s Hen- Eileen Browne

The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

The Lion & The Mouse – Jerry Pinkney

Good Dog Carl – Alexandra Day

Chalk – Bill Thomson

Rosie’s Walk – Pat Hutchins

Where’s Walrus – Stephen Savage

Owl Bat, Bat Owl – Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

Stick – Andy Pritchett

Wave – Suzy Lee

Red Sled – Lita Judge

Pancakes for Breakfast- Tomie de Paola

Please, Baby, Please – Spike LeeTonya Lewis Lee


Goodnight Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann

10 minutes til bedtime

Peggy Rathmann

No David _ David Shannon

Hello Hello – Matthew Cordell

Rain – Linda Ashman

Look -Jeff mack

Where is Pim? Lena and Olof Landstrom

Rosie’s Walk- Pat Hutchins

Hug – Jez Alborough

The Baby’s Catalogue – Janet and Allan Allberg

Peekaboo Morning – Rachel Isadora

I Can Do It Too – Karen Baicker

You Can do It Too – Karen Baicker

I Am Enough – Grace Byers



Little Voices is the oral language strand of ABC Start Right Limerick. Little Voices are in no way affiliated with the authors – we just like to recommend a good book.