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Why wordless picture books?

By Samantha Brown* In 2012 the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) had a mission. A small Italian island called Lampedusa needed a library. But not any kind of library – this one was to be full of wordless books. The aim? To support refugee children arriving on the island and from the local community through the act of shared reading.   A collection of over 100 books was selected by IBBY National…