Over the past few years, there has been a trend toward interactive books for kids. These are books that encourage children to touch, pull, shake, and twist the books throughout the text. Some of them even encourage kids to speak. Most of all, they are books that kids love.
Recently, there have been some new additions to the pool of the interactive waters. So, let’s dive right in and have some reading fun.
Best Interactive Books for Kids
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Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien invites you to grab your magic wand and change seasons into spring.
The alligator in What’s Next Door? by Nicola O’Byrne needs your help. Open the doors and help him get home.
Get counting in Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. Frolicking monkeys can get into so much mischief.
Shake, shake and shake some more inShake the Tree.
Can you help find bear in Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley. Wait! What type of bear are we really looking for?
Beware the Monster! by Michaël Escoffier is about a hungry monster who likes the children the best. But, get ready for a surprise ending.
Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Greg Pizzoli invites listeners to talk in different volumes throughout the book. Great story and great interaction make this a win of a read-aloud.
Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda is great fun. Help the bunny ski down the slopes.
If your kids love The Three Little Pigs, you have to get Huff and Puff also by Claudia Rueda. Can you help the wolf blow the pigs’ houses down?
Get ready for lots of yelling and silliness when you read I Say Ooh You Say Aah by John Kane. My kids have asked for this one over and over.
Play This Book by Jessica Young is a fun interactive introduction to instruments including a piano, trombone, drums, and cymbals. Kids get to “play” each instrument in the book.
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson follows the footsteps of one of my favorite interactive books, Tap the Magic Tree. This time, children interact with the nighttime sky as sunrise approaches. It’s a beautiful book perfect for bedtime. Also check out Matheson’s Plant the Tiny Seed.
Don’t Touch This Book by Bill Cotter is the newest book with Larry the lovable monster from the super fun,Don’t Push the Button. This time, he does not want you to touch his book. Kids will love not listening to Larry and driving him crazy while they DO touch the book.
Imagine when a fly gets in your house. In The Fly, that pesky little bugger eludes your every swat. Follow the fly through the book and hear what life is like from his perspective. It’s also super fun because the kids get to slap every page.
Tickle Monster by Edouard Manceau works really well for kids who love monsters and those who need help not being scared of the imaginary creatures. Children are encouraged to tickle each part of the monster’s body to turn it into something else. For example, tickle the horns and they turn into the moon in the sky. Eventually, kids tickle away the monster into a picture of a house and car outside. The last pages tell the monster that if he returns, the child will just tickle him away again.
My kids had a blast with If You’re a Robot and You Know It illustrated by David Carter. First, kids get to sing the familiar tune with a whole new robotic twist. Plus, they get to interact with all the fun pull tabs and other interactive components of the book. This one is probably my kids favorite on the list.
Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley is the tale of a little penguin who can’t get rid of his hiccups. Readers are encouraged to help give the penguin a good scare to get rid of those pesky hiccups. Grab your earplugs as the kids try to scare the penguin!
The Tiger is fast asleep in Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup. Readers have to help keep him that way throughout the story.
Need some more interactive books? Check out our list of Interactive Books for Toddlers.
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