Krista Brock, children’s book author has suggested these excellent interactive books for our readers. I find these recommendations extremely useful and I can’t wait to read the books with my daughter.
The Best Interactive Books for Toddlers
Interactive books for toddlers can help engage active little ones in reading and inspire a love of books at an early age. While we all know and understand the importance of reading to our young children, sometimes that is easier said than done. Toddlers have short attention spans and often an abundance of energy.
Active toddlers can be rough with delicate paper books, may find it difficult to sit still and listen to a story, and may simply not take an interest in the children’s books we find interesting. Adding a few fun interactive books for toddlers to your home library can help nurture a love of reading from an early age by allowing children to experience books and language in a way they can relate to; and sometimes these books can be a great way to entertain children when you’re in a waiting room or when you need to get something done at home and don’t want your child absorbed in television.
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Features: Textures, scratch and sniff, flaps, holes
Pat the Bunny is a pioneer of sorts in children’s literature. Published in 1940, it was ahead of its time for all of its interactive elements; and it’s still relevant today. Open the book and it’s easy to see why it has sold more than 6 million copies and stands as the sixth all-time bestselling children’s hardcover book.
Each page has an action for children to complete. Pat the bunny, play peekaboo under a towel, look in a mirror, etc. Any toddler will be captivated by this interactive toddler book.
Animal Alphabet: Slide and Seek the ABCs
by Alex A. Lluch
Features: Sliding tabs
Aa is for… Alligator.
Each page shows a letter and part of an animal. You slide the panel across to complete the animal picture and see the word. This is great for introducing letters and letter sounds to toddlers. Because there isn’t really a story, just letters and animals, this is also a nice book for children to look at and interact with on their own.
Also, this sturdy board book has extra-thick pages, and the sliders on each page were well-constructed. If your enthusiastic toddler has a habit of tearing the flaps of other cute lift-the-flap books, this one may be a good one to try.
A Is for Apple
by Georgie Birkett
Features: Finger-tracing guides, flaps
Toddlers and young children can use their fingers to trace the large letters on each page of this book, following the arrows to show them how to construct each letter.
Below each traceable letter is a flap to lift with an image on the outside and one on the inside. For example, A is for apple. Then you lift the flap to find “and ant.” This book kept my kids busy in countless waiting rooms, car rides, etc. Whenever I knew we’d have to sit still for a bit, I’d throw this in my bag.
There is a counting book of the same format as well.
My Best Ever: ABC Alphabet Book
by Make Believe Ideas Ltd.
Features: Textures, sliding tabs, holes, flaps
This book is like a collection of experiences for little eyes and hands. Each page is a collage of images having to do with each letter of the alphabet, and each page has some way for toddlers to physically interact with it.
They can slide tabs and flip flaps.They can run their fingers over a glittery zig zag at the letter Z. They can open a door to find a dinosaur in the dark for the letter D. They can turn the pages of a little book at the letter B. This is another great book for toddlers to interact with on their own, but parents can also share the experience talking through the letters and letter sounds as their child uncovers all the surprises this book has to offer.
by Little Tiger Press, Tiger Tales
Features: Textures, Sounds
This is a short book with sturdy pages full of pictures of farm animals. It is highly visual, and each page also has a texture with a button hidden under the texture. You can pet the cow and then press on its fur to hear it moo. One thing I like about this noisy book is that the sounds are relatively realistic. It sounds silly to say, but the acoustics of this book are pretty good. The sounds don’t sound like they’re playing out of an echo chamber.
One drawback is that some of the buttons can be a little challenging for small fingers to find and press. It may take a try or two to get it.
by Rod Campbell
This book is a classic and a lot of fun to read with a toddler if you get into it. The narrator has written to the zoo asking for a pet, and the zoo is sending boxes of all kinds of animals that are just too much to handle. The frog is too jumpy. The lion is too fierce.
This is a great book to read with a little theatrics involved. Play that the frog is jumping around the room and you’re trying to get it back in the box before you turn the page. For toddlers who have a hard time sitting still for a story, this is a great read.
Simple First Sounds: Noisy Trucks
by Roger Priddy
Adults may not love having noisy books around the house, but young children love the sensory experience. It may be worth it to put up with a noisy book or two if it helps engage your active toddler in books and reading.
This short book presents photographic images of four different types of trucks: concrete mixers, dump trucks, fire trucks, and tractors. Along with the images of the trucks, there are detail images that highlight different parts of the truck, such as the tire and fuel tank, helping young children grow their vocabularies and begin to learn about what these big trucks do. Children can press a corresponding button to hear the sound each truck makes.
Never Touch a Dinosaur
by Rosie Greening
How fun is it to touch something you’re not supposed to touch? Part of the Never Touch series, this little book has bright colors, silly rhyming text, and irresistible textures made even more irresistible by the narrator telling you, “you must never touch a dinosaur!” This book is sure to insight some giggles, especially when read with a little enthusiasm.
It is also a good sturdy board book in small format that is easy to take along in the car or wherever you’re going.
by Matthew Van Fleet
Features: Textures, sliders, tabs, scratch and sniff, fold-outs
Take a look at all the different kinds of tails animals have—furry, fluffy, stringy, long, and more. Every page of this fun book has something different to touch or do, and there are plenty of animals to name and talk about with your little one.
Several pages have a hidden rhyming word beneath a flap, which is a great way to prompt parents to pause and let the child guess or fill in the word. This helps children participate in reading and grow their vocabulary.
by Little Tiger Press
Features: Finger-tracing guides, flaps, inset counting dots
This is another one that is great for the waiting room at the dentist or the long airplane ride. Little ones can trace each number with their finger and then count two sets of items for each number. There are two puppies, and then you lift the flap to find and count two shoes. The book goes from one to 20, and at the back of the book there is a display of each number one through 20 with colored dots. Little minds that are just starting to grasp the concept of numbers and counting are able to see all the dots lined up next to each other with the number above so they can really get a sense of the numbers growing and how much more 10 is than one or two.
I would like to thank Krista Brock for taking time to send me the articles and for graciously giving us an interesting interview.
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