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When the reader tells the story

These minimally worded illustrated stories are conversation starters


Geraldo Valério

Groundwood Books, Ages 4–7

The Invisible Garden

Valérie Picard and Marianne Ferrer, ill.

Orca Book Publishers, Ages 3–5

When You’re Scared

Andrée Poulin and Véronique Joffre, ill.

Owlkids Books, Ages 3–7

IN 2012, a library of the best “silent books” was created on the Italian island of Lampedusa for refugee children from the Middle East and Africa. Without seeing its holdings list, one would think it includes minimalist classics like Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman, Peggy Rathmann’s Good Night, Gorilla, Barbara Lehman’s The Red Book, Alexandra Day’s series of Carl books,

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