Silent Books: a display of wordless picture books from around the world

4-30 September 2017 at the UCL Institute of Education Library, Level 4

Silent books

The IOE Library, working with IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), is bringing the Silent Books collection to UCL. It will be on display in the Curriculum Resources area of the library during September.

About the project:

The Silent Books project began on the Italian island of Lampedusa in response to the experience of refugees arriving from Africa and the Middle East after long journeys culminating in a hazardous crossing of the Mediterranean. The project created a library on Lampedusa and brought together a collection of wordless picture books from over twenty countries, selected and now circulated by IBBY.

Find out more:

You can read about the original project and the touring collection, and find ideas about how wordless picture books can be used, on the IBBY website:

For the library’s opening times please see If you don’t hold a UCL ID card please contact in advance of your visit.

“It soon became clear that the books and the stories gave comfort and security, an opportunity to disappear into a story and escape the difficulties of life for a moment. This was a place where people could share worlds and experiences with each other. The books provided a fast route into the new language, and sparked a desire to read.”

Rose-Marie Lindfors (2016) Silent Books: A handbook on wordless pictures packed with narrative power at

About Sally Perry

Curriculum Resources librarian at UCL Institute of Education Newsam Library and Archives
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