Interactive: Books For Kids

Clap those hands and stomp those feet! Reading doesn’t need to be a sedentary activity and interactive books are a great way to get your child fully engaged with reading, body and mind—plus you might just be able to work some of those wiggles out. #winwin There are lots of different ways for a book to be interactive—lift-the-flap, touch-and-feel, push-and-pull tabs, wheels that spin, instructions for activities to do while you read, illustrated buttons that seem to magically do something when you turn the page… the list goes on. We’ve got all different types of interactive books represented in this “best of” list—if you’d like to see even more of our favorite lift-the-flap and touch-and-feel books, check out the expanded lists we have for each of those categories—there are even more winners there!

Without further ado, here are some of the best interactive books we ever did see.

TouchWords: My Day book
#1
TouchWords: My Day
Written and illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers

Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.

With Touchwords: My Day, build vocabulary and explore the exciting possibilities of a day – from washing to playing to sleeping and everything in between.

Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well.

If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.

My Magical Mermaid book
#2
My Magical Mermaid
Written by and illustrated by Yujin Shin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this interactive mermaid novelty book, readers spin a wheel to animate the character on the front cover. Sparkly holographic foil creates a truly impressive effect as the mermaid’s tail seems to flow with magical energy! More interactive mechanisms are featured inside the book. Push, pull, spin, and slide your way through the mermaid’s enchanted underwater world as she plays with her friends. With gentle rhymes, bright colors, and a bit of sparkle and shine, this magical mermaid is sure to delight!

Whose Ears? book
#3
Whose Ears?
Written and illustrated by Sue Tarsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Babies can spot the differences between animals and people in this pure fun book with a built-in guessing game and underlying educational aspect. Straightforward words and appealing, large illustrations bring smiles and chortles, a perfect opportunity for parents to cuddle up with little ones.

Backyard Animals book
#4
Backyard Animals
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Baby Basics(TM) books encourage tactile exploration, support hand-eye coordination, and help develop strong cognitive skills. That mission builds on the findings of experts that interactive books featuring high-contrast visuals stimulate babies’ brain development, as well as keep them engaged and entertained. Xavier Deneux’s graphic eye-catching illustrations of familiar backyard animals and the embossed images invite the youngest readers to explore through seeing and touching, whiledeveloping their language skills. What a wonderful gift for baby!

Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book) book
#5
Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Touch, feel, and hear the animals on every page of this sturdy board book. Engaging photographs and appealing textures encourage young readers to explore the exciting world of farm animals.

  1. My Magical Unicorn - In this interactive unicorn novelty book, readers spin a wheel to animate the character on the front cover. Sparkly holographic foil creates a truly impressive effect as the unicorn’s horn, mane, and tail seem to flow with magical energy! More interactive mechanisms are featured inside the book. Push, pull, spin, and slide your way through the unicorn’s enchanted land as she helps other magical creatures, clears away a rainy day, and plays with her unicorn friends. With gentle rhymes, bright colors, and a bit of sparkle and shine, this magical unicorn is sure to delight!

  2. There's a Monster in Your Book - Shake, wiggle, and tickle the monster out of this book—an interactive bedtime read-aloud by a YouTube star, musician, and children’s book author! With the irresistible pull of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here and the charm of The Monster at the End of This Book, Tom Fletcher’s inviting interactive read-aloud will have kids tilting, spinning, and shaking the book to get the adorable little monster out! That’s right! He’s out of the book . . . and in their room somewhere. Uh-oh!! The co-author of the Dinosaur That Pooped series has created a monster that readers will fall in love with—and want to play with—again and again! It will get your own little monster tuckered out and snuggled in! Tom Fletcher has a huge social-media presence, with over a million followers on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. His videos “Buzz and the Dandelions” and “My Wedding Speech” went viral and have been viewed tens of millions of times all over the world.

  3. A Changing Picture Book: Chirp, Chirp - With clever acetate pictures that change at the pull of a tab, this fun, interactive book will encourage preschoolers to use their imaginations. Each spread provides a spring surprise that young readers will love to discover. Simply pull the tabs down to see the pictures transform before your eyes!

  4. My Little Red Fire Truck - Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson’s new multiconcept novelty is a book and a toy in one. My Little Red Fire Truck gives practice telling time while its sturdy moving parts provide hours of fun — and allow readers to see how it would be to work on a real fire truck!

Baby Sloth: Finger Puppet Book book
#10
Baby Sloth: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Sloth! Where does Baby Sloth like to nap? How does Baby Sloth explore the jungle? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby sloth’s day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

Bathtime book
#11
Bathtime
Written by Alice Le Henand and illustrated by Thierry Bedouet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

For many young children (and sometimes their parents), bathtime is a chore. Kids can think of a million things they’d rather be doing than take a bath. The latest title in the Pull and Play Books(TM) series provides reassurance and support through gently humorous situations, showing children that bathtime is not only essential but oodles of fun! Children will identify with the feelings voiced by Little Crocodile and his friends- whether it’s keeping their hair dry or not wanting to stop playing. Using pull tabs to control the changing pictures, young readers are empowered to apply their newly learned knowledge to their own experiences. Look, Mom and Dad, no more tears!

We Are Music book
#12
We Are Music
Written by Brandon Stosuy and illustrated by Nick Radford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the author of Music Is… Brandon Stosuy comes a second pitch-perfect board book that’s a kid-friendly music history lesson—perfect for the little record collectors in your life. From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief, Brandon Stosuy, comes a new board book called We Are Music that dives into the history of music. It starts with clapping, tapping, and drums, and from there the music moves in many different directions. From classical to blues to jazz to country to rock to punk to rap to hip hop, there is one important thread that weaves through every song that has ever been created: us.

Kiki and Coco's Guide to Paris book
#13
Kiki and Coco's Guide to Paris
Written by Nina Gruener and illustrated by Jess Brown and Stephanie Rausser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Quelle chance! You’re off to Paris, the City of Light! Bring your own doll and follow along in Kiki and Coco’s footsteps, as you learn to speak un peu le Franais, dress and eat like a Parisian, and record your experiences in this petite, paperback keepsake, complete with fun facts, activities, and a pocket in the back, sure to become your most treasured souvenir.

Pat the Zoo book
#14
Pat the Zoo
Written by Golden Books and illustrated by LV Studio
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

We received this book as a gift from grandma, and my toddler is a big fan. He can’t quite figure out the frog’s sticky tongue, but he loves the soft panda bear fur and especially the lion’s mane, which is prefers to rub his face in than feel with his fingers… to each their own.

A fun and exciting touch-and-feel book featuring one of the best-selling children’s book characters of all time - Pat the Bunny!

Pat the Bunny has been creating special first-time moments between parents and their children for over 75 years. This engaging touch-and-feel book takes babies on a playful trip to the zoo where they can pet animals like lions, pandas, turtles, and more, all the while making cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

  1. Could You Escape the Tower of London? - Could you escape the Tower of London? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you crossed the castle gate. Will your choices lead to freedom, or will you be sent to the gallows?

  2. The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day - Oh no! It is a very, VERY cold day, and all the numbers have frozen! Children must trace, blow on, and count the numbers to unfreeze them, and in the process, they will learn colors, seasons, patterns, and numbers. An interactive, educational experience, The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day is sure to be a household and classroom favorite.

  3. Wiggle! - B is for Bookworm - This book is so darling! I love the colors, the illustrations, and the creativity! This book is interactive with your fingers, but I was impressed with the different uses it worked for. So fun!

  4. The Teddy Bear Book - From the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling The Tea Party Book, here’s a charming collection of teddy bear-inspired crafts and activities. This warm fuzzy of a book, is bursting at the seams with sensational yet simple ideas for making teddy bears, growing a teddy bear garden, throwing a teddy bear party, and designing teddy bear t-shirts and jewelry. An enchanting gift book for children of all ages.

Farm The Farm book
#19
Farm The Farm
Written and illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A lift-the-flap book that lets little ones farm the farm!

This interactive novelty board book encourages readers to care for animals at the farm by lifting the sturdy flaps on each spread. Feed the hens, brush the pony’s mane, and open the gate so the cow can graze in the pasture in this inventive and engaging book that teaches little ones how to be responsible.

Turn the wheel: Odd Jobs book
#20
Turn the wheel: Odd Jobs
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Odd Jobs is a funny novelty book with a jobs theme and wheels to turn on every page. A follow-up to Fancy Pants publishing in Winter 2019.

Choose what outfit each character should wear for their job by turning the wheel for some hilarious results. Young children will enjoy finding the sailor’s hat, the judge’s wig, and the chef’s apron, or they can mix things up by choosing one of the other options—giving the sailor a clown wig, the judge a surgeon’s mask, or the chef a tennis skirt!

The quirky animal characters and playful text make this an enjoyable book to share, and it’s a great springboard for some real costume fun.

Could You Escape Alcatraz? book
#21
Could You Escape Alcatraz?
Written by Eric Mark Braun
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Could you escape Alcatraz? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you set foot on The Rock. Will your choices lead to escape, or will you be locked up forever?

Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book book
#22
Baby Llama: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Llama! What is Baby Llama’s favorite snack? What does Baby Llama do for fun? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. An adorable finger puppet, warm illustrations, and a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby llama’s day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs? book
#23
Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs?
Written by Matt Doeden
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Could you escape the Paris Catacombs? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you stepped underground. Will you escape the skeletal maze, or be trapped with the ghosts of France forever?

  1. Too Many Unicorns, Fairies & Mermaids - There are unicorns hiding on every page of this search and find book. Just flip the flaps to find them playing in a forest, swimming with mermaids, dancing with fairies, prancing with princesses, and even shopping in a toy store. The fun rhyming words and the search and find activity encourages word and picture association, which helps young children develop language and early reading skills. Can you find them all?

  2. There's a Spider in This Book - There’s a spider in this book. Are you brave enough to take a look? Eric the spider can’t understand why people scream and run away from him. He only wants to say hello. But Fluffy the cat wants to eat Eric, so he’s hiding. It’s up to the reader to find Eric on every spread and maybe finally catch a glimpse of him with the surprise lift the flap ending . . . A funny and engaging story written by internationally bestselling author, Claire Freedman, and brought to life by Mike Byrne’s hilarious and colourful illustrations.

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