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Wordless Picture Books to inspire writing The Lion and the Mouse Jerry Pinkney In this stunning picture book, which is wordless except for the odd animal sound, Aesop’s famous fable gets a reworking in an African Serengeti setting. The pictures tells the story of a ferocious lion who is freed from a hunter’s trap by a little mouse, whom the lion had spared from being eaten once before. This is a book that will have children of all ages hooked through its timeless themes of friendship and kindness as well as its incredibly vivid artwork bringing deep human emotions into the world of nature. Buy on Amazon Tuesday David Wiesner Award-winning author David Wiesner has the incredible ability to draw the reader into a world where the strangest and most magical of events take place as if they are completely normal. On this particular Tuesday, a small group of frogs take flight from their lily pads and go on a whimsical adventure that will invite children to let their imaginations run free and complete the fantasy by deciding what unlikely events will occur next Tuesday. Buy on Amazon Chalk Bill Thomson The intensely detailed illustrations guide the reader through the story of three children who discover some enchanted chalk on a rainy day. Whatever they draw magically comes to life and the children are filled with delight at their creations, until one of the boys draws a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the children need to figure out a way to escape the dilemma they now face. This book lends itself well to drama and story-making, particular if you provide a few chalks and a clear playground! Buy on Amazon The Arrival Shaun Tan A very topical migrant story told through textless images. When a man leaves his family to search for a better life for them far away, he finds himself in a strange city with all sorts of unfamiliar people, bizarre animals and floating objects. Nothing is familiar, and owning only a suitcase and a little bit of money, the immigrant must navigate his way through his sense of deep displacement and find a way of connecting with the people he meets. This compelling book captures the brave act of leaving everything behind and searching for a future in another world. Also features on: Refugees & Immigration Booklist Buy on Amazon The Secret Box Barbara Lehman Three children find a time capsule and as they look through its contents they find a secret underground path to another world called Seahorse Pier. There are lots of details in the distinctive illustrations and the concept of this book is great for inspiring new story plots. Buy on Amazon Flotsam David Wiesner This award-winning wordless picture book offers endless opportunities for discussion and creative writing. A beach-combing young boy finds a washed-up camera on the shore, and when the film is developed it reveals a fantastic new world of creatures from the ocean. Incredible illustrations that speak for themselves. See also this inspiring blog post about using this book in the classroom. Buy on Amazon Journey Aaron Becker This is a beautiful, award-winning wordless picture book, following the journey of a young girl who draws a magic door in her bedroom and travels through fantasy worlds by boat, balloon and magic carpet. Highly recommended for pupils across the whole primary range. Buy on Amazon Where the Forest Meets the Sea Jeannie Baker If you are looking for a book to stimulate discussion leading to persuasive writing or reports about the effects human beings can have on the natural world, this is the one for you. The illustrations are so incredibly detailed (there is also a big book edition that is perfect for detail-spotting) that you might be forgiven for thinking that some of them are photographs. The book has won multiple awards and is sparking deep consideration of the past, present and future of the rainforest. Also features on: Environmental Sustainability Booklist