Best Kids Books About Touch-and-feel

3 Amazing Touch-And-Feel Books Your Kids Will Love (And You Will Too!)

Updated Jan. 19, 2019

Touch-and-feel books are an important genre in the baby and toddler book realm, involving not just their minds, but their tiny hands (and sometimes toes and faces) in the reading process. Snuggling together, truly experiencing a book in a more immersive way can help increase enjoyment of reading for munchkins, keeping them engaged. All touch-and-feel books aren't created equal, so here are a few we'd recommend you try out with your little ones—we think you'll love them!

Beautiful Oops! book
Beautiful Oops!
Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator. An award winning, best-selling, one-of-a-kind interactive book, Beautiful Oops! shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A singular work of imagination, creativity, and paper engineering, Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope”—each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.

Moo book
Written by Matthew Van Fleet and illustrated by Brian Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers Heads and Dog. Oink, cluck, squeak, moo . . . cock-a-doodle-doo! Ingeniously designed flaps and pull tabs, accompanied by pettable textures, offer a flock of interactive fun in this innovative introduction to seven species of barnyard residents. Toddlers will delight in identifying and imitating each critter!

Feely Bugs book
Feely Bugs
Written and illustrated by David A. Carter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Fuzzy bugs, feathery bugs, lacy bugs, and leathery bugs are among the tempting textures that kids of all ages will want to identify (and play with). David Carter has created a Bug touch-and-feel book filled with tons of tactile fun.

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