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Interactive Books

Whenever I plan a story time for children, I always try to choose books that are fun and engaging.  Some of my favorite books are the ones that children can interact with. If they play a role in the storytelling, they are more likely to pay attention and have a positive attitude towards reading. Below is a list of some of my preferred interactive books for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

The Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet

In my opinion, Herve Tullet is the master of interactive books for children. This book really encourages creativity and use of the imagination. Whether it’s figuring out what’s on your dinner plate or finding out what’s on stage, this book is guaranteed fun.  

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

It’s no secret that children seem to have boundless energy and sometimes they just need to shake it out. Or better yet, wiggle it out! This book is silly and gets kids moving and giggling. 

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Everyone becomes a magician of nature in this book!  Something new happens to the tree with every tap or shake of the book, and children are eager to see what's on the next page. This is also a great opportunity to talk about the different seasons.

**Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

To adults, a cardboard box may be just that. But to children with a wild imagination, it can be one of many things. Children will have a lot of fun guessing what its next function might be.  

**Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems 

The title is self-explanatory.  Whatever you do, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!  As the driver walks away, the pigeon talks directly to the audience, begging and pleading with them to let him drive.  I find that parents also really enjoy this one.  

**These titles are also available in Spanish!  No Es Una Caja and No Dejes que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobus.

~ Christine, your friendly neighborhood Library Associate~