We absolutely love interactive books over here and I can definitely understand why. Their strength is in creating a relationship with the reader that other books don’t in that you, as the reader, can feel like you are actually impacting the book. The characters in this books become co-conspirators, friends and allies and the interactive books without protagonists are a wonderful world of special effects and magical changes. It is all so wonderful and especially great for the wiggly bookworms with shorter attention spans. (Like mine can be!) Below are some of our favorite interactive books and we hope you and your kids enjoy their “magic” as well.
“Pizza!: An Interactive Recipe Book” and “Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book” by Lotta Nieminen- These are two of my toddler’s favorite books in the world! Each one is a sturdy board book that contains a real recipe for the food featured. The real fun is that through lifting flaps, turning wheels and other interactive features you get to simulate the cooking. Perfect for little foodies.
“Say Zoop” by Herv Tullet (releases August 1st)- This book engages children by having them create some simple sound effects that are manipulated by the dots in the illustrations. It starts off really simple then gets a bit more complex until soon you are making all kinds of wonderfully delightful sounds. So neat!
“Escargot” by Daska Slater and Sydney Hanson- In this story a completely lovable snail is addressing you and trying to convince you why he should be your favorite animal. He really is adorable and by the end of the book you may just be convinced that he really is your favorite. It’s simply oozing with charm.
“Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson- In this book you get to help a tree change for the seasons through tapping, blowing, jiggling and more. It is such a magical way to introduce seasons to young bookworms.
“Pajamarama Carnival” and “Pajamarama Fever” by Michael Leblond and Frederique Bertrand- In both of these books a little boy travels through amazing adventures all in the world of dreams and all while wearing his striped pajamas. The real magic in this book is that you can create the optical illusion of movement by slowly moving a panel over the illustrations. It causes them to look like frenzies of spots are dancing and lines of color are shooting across the pages. So neat!
“Press Here” by Herv Tullet- This book starts of unpretentiously with one lone dot. However, when you tap it it multiplies among other delightful wonders. The “cause and effect” illusion created in this book through the interactive features is so much fun.
“Bunny Slopes” by Cluadie Rueda- In this book you get to help a little bunny go skiing down the slopes by shaking the book to make snow fall, tilting it to create his slope to slide down and more! Our favorite part are the cutouts introduced at the end and the surprise ending they lead too.
“Don’t Push the Button” by Bill Cotter- There is only one rule in this book: “Don’t push the button!” However, there is a very friendly and adorable monster there to tempt you and before you know it you find yourself “pushing the button” and all sorts of mischief insures. My little guy giggles and giggles with this one.
“Don’t Wake Up the Tiger” by Britta Teckentrup- Tiger is asleep and all of her friends need to pass over her. You, as the reader, get to help them by singing tiger a lullaby, rocking the book to lull her and more. However, tiger does eventually wake up and you get to see the delightful surpass that her friends were trying to keep a secret. We love the suspense in this one!
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