Books Without Words
The article whetted my appetite for this slightly unusual area of children’s publishing and I began to collect various examples of these titles. Then some years later, when I was studying for an MA in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton, my interest gathered pace as I chose wordless picturebooks as the subject for my dissertation.
The titles date from the 1960s to the present day, and there are examples from countries across the world, usually in English-language editions. The contents cover all age ranges, from baby board books to simple first stories, from comic strip-style titles to books for young adults that border on graphic novels.
If you would like to see the collection, it is currently on view in the #NoWords exhibition at The Story of Books in Hay-on-Wye – see www.thestoryofbooks.com – until the end of December 2018 (please call 07879 373 431 to check opening times). Alternatively to see a selection of titles online, go to my new website www.wordlessbooks.co.uk or Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/wordlessbooks/.
I hope you enjoy discovering these beautifully conceived books as much as I love collecting and writing about them.