Text Optional: Visual Storytelling with Wordless Picturebooks

Jennifer Gibson


Wordless picturebooks are on the rise and are increasingly revered by readers and critics. In many countries, including the United States, wordless picturebooks have become a sub-genre unto themselves—a publishing trend resulting in author/illustrators who even specialize in this type of book.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.14n2.03


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