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International Youth Literature Collection

The International Youth Literature Collection is a representative collection of children’s and young adult books, both translated and in their original language, that celebrate writing, visual style and design from outside of this country.

Silent Books is a term used by  the International Board on Books for Young People for wordless picture books that can be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language. 

Wordless Picture Books Packed with Narrative Power

This publication produced by IBBY Sweden provides insight into the use of Wordless books for children speaking all languages.                    Image result for ibby sweden wordless books powerful narrative

IBBY Silent Books for Lampedusa

In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY launched the project “Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back” in 2012. 


IBBY Italia has created the resource 10 tips for reading silent books in a community that does not speak a common language, which can be seen here.

Sharing Wordless Books

Sharing Wordless Books Reading Rockets 

Hiroo Matsumoto. (2021). Before words: wordless picture books and the development of reading in young children. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy21(1), 171–174. 

le Roux, A., & Costandius, E. (2013). Wordless picture books in parent-child reading in a South African context. Acta Academica45(2), 27–58.

Marron, Jennifer E., "Using Wordless Books to Help Emergent Literacy Skills" (2010). Education Masters. Paper 9.


Silent Book Contest 2021

The Silent Book Contest competition invites authors and illustrators to think up and design a book conceived exclusively for the telling of a story through illustrated images, on any subject and intended for a wide and diverse section of the reading public, regardless of genre or age. A monetary prize is given and the award presented at the Bologna Book Fair. 

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