Interactive Children's Books

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Interactive Children's Books

Get your child involved in the story!

Whether you're trying to find the perfect, engaging book to use as your preschooler's classroom guest reader or you just want something that'll really grab and hold the attention of your little one, these titles that invite active participation will capture any child's imagination and have them begging you to read them "just one more time!"

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg 
A wonderful way to talk to kids about how mistakes can evolve into beautiful, meaningful art, and to embrace so-called mistakes in the artistic process and in life. Each page is full of vibrantly bright and creative interactive elements such as crooked tears in the paper to feel, flaps to lift, and colorful 3-D popups to pull (gently) that will engage and pique the curiosity of your child. 

Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage
How do you read a wordless picture book? By getting your child to help you make up the narrative! Simple and funny illustrations invite the reader to find the cleverly disguised walrus and follow it on its zoo breakout adventures. Without text to strictly follow, you'll find yourself using richer language to talk to your child about the book and to create a story together. Be prepared for lots of excited cries of "I found it!"

The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
Karen Katz has plenty of fun interactive board books for babies and toddlers, but this one, available in both picture book and board book format, is my favorite. Start a sing along complete with gestures with your child. Who could resist joining in?

Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz
Spoiler alert: yes, there is a dog in this book, and your child will have a ball lifting cleverly constructed flaps and flaps within flaps to help the cats find the hidden dog. The text is funny and conversational and will invite tons of comments. 

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Ahhhhh! A game of pretend gets out of hand when you're pretending there's a tickly bug flying around, and it won't leave you alone! What are you going to do?! Follow the ladybug narrator's directions for a hilarious read and a full body workout. 

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea 
This charming and cheeky rhyming book poses existential questions that your preschooler or kindergartner will be shouting out the answers to. "If a duckling grows and becomes a duck, can a car grow and become a truck?" Discuss! Lots of words that'll be new to young children like "kit" for a baby fox and "joey" for a baby kangaroo will expand their vocabulary, and they'll have such fun while doing it. 

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Another one that inspires calling out answers. Children will love guessing what the mysterious white shape on each page looks like. Is it a bird? A plane? A bat? Spilt milk? 

You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
Lovely illustrations of children in yoga poses are paired with the animals that inspired the poses. The short rhyming text explains the poses and invites children to imagine themselves as the animals and to try to imitate their motions and sounds. 

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Follow the instructions on each page of this enchanting book to bring about the magical changes that follow the cycle of the seasons. Simple, pretty illustrations show the before and sometimes very dramatic after of each action. 

What's Going on in There? by Geoffrey Grahn
The delightfully bizarre scenarios in this book shows you never really know "what's going on in there." But you and your child will have a fantastic time trying to guess. The book encourages children to practice their observation skills and look closely since sly clues for "what's going on in there" are embedded on each question page.