The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids

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Interactive books, books that require the reader to do something, became popular with Herve Tullet’s incredible Press Here. The idea is to get kids physically and mentally engaged with the book in an interactive way.

If you have a toddler or preschooler who still hasn’t gotten fully engaged in your read aloud books, start with these interactive book choices to help your growing readers get involved in the story and excited about reading.

These picture books make it impossible for kids to be passive readers.

But, these picture book choices are kid favorites.

So for any child, try these BEST interactive stories and watch the magic happen!

Also read: Books That Break the Fourth Wall.

The Best Interactive Picture Books

This Book Can Read Your Mind
by Susannah Lloyd, illustrated by Jacob Grant
Hilarious! The narrator explains that his book can READ YOUR MIND. And with the power of suggestion, it turns out to be true! And if you don’t stop the silliness, his mind-reading machine will blow up. Oh, no! You exploded the whole book!

Something Stinks
by Jonathan Fenske
Speaking directly to the reader, skunk asks YOU if you can smell that bad smell. Because it’s really stinky! But if it’s not the clean underpants or you (you smell wonderful), what could it be? Why are you shouting? Skunk can’t quite hear you. Silly fun sure to entertain the readers on your lap.

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
Press Here by Herve Tullet
The original book that started this trend of interactive, and imaginative picture books!
You, the reader, make magic with the dots. Or are the dots magic? If you follow the directions and . .  press, rub, shake, tilt, blow, clap, . . . watch what happens to the dots! Rub the  yellow dot and it turns blueShake the book and the dots spread out over the page. Tilt the book and the dots slide down the page. Clap and the dots grow. Clap twice and the dots grow even bigger. See how fun?

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
Mix It Up!
by Herve Tullet
The same author/illustrator of Press Here has expanded the idea into color mixing fun. Rub a little red on the blue and you get purple. Shake, press, mix . . . It’s interactive reading times a zillion!

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson
Who doesn’t love an interactive picture book? The tree is bare, tap it four times and turn the page. Leaves! Tap it again, more leaves. Rub, jiggle, shake, knock, clap, and pat your way through the four seasons of an apple tree‘s growth cycle. Impossible to resist!

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
Bunny Slopes
by Claudia Rueda
Claudia Rueda takes the concept of an interactive reader/narrator story and skillfully makes it her own. Bunny wants to ski and needs your help. Bunny asks YOU to shake, tilt, and tap so that there is snow, a hill, and so forth. It’s an exciting adventure that ends with a warm cup of cocoa. Gorgeous illustrations.

the best interactive picture books for kids
Don’t Push the Button
by Bill Cotter
There’s only one rule in this book — DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON. But that button does look enticing, right? Kids will crack up through this silly, interactive picture book. In fact, you may even wear out your pages when you do push the button!

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
This Book is Full of Monsters
by Guido Van Genechten
Not just for Halloween, but fun for any time of year, you’ll be immersed in the stinky, loud, interactive world of monsters. Each page instructs kids to do something to prepare for the next page’s monster — hold their nose, be very quiet, plug their ears.

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite
by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byne
What could be a very sweet story about the Ugly Duckling quickly turns very silly, er, scary when a CROCODILE sneaks onto the pages. Gasp. Watch out! First he eats the letters, then whole words, then sentences. It’s up to you, the reader, to get rid of him. (You might even draw a tutu on him!)

Readers get to participate in telling this very silly story — and they’ll be cracking up the whole time. Meet the narrator’s best friend named OOH, who you’ll scare away. Then you’ll help him find his underpants… Or are they YOUR underpants? What a crack up!

The Best Interactive Picture Books for Kids
Plant the Tiny Seed
by Christie Matheson
By the same author of Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star, you’ll get to use your imagination as you read and touch, rub, press, shake, clap, and more to help plant a garden. All the seeds need are water, rain, and sunshine to grow and you get to help.

This Book Just Ate My Dog!
by Richard Byrne
Bella took her dog for a stroll across the page –when the dog disappears into the book! Bella investigates ]because this book is very naughty. Your kids will laugh through this entire story, and help get everything out of the book.

Don’t Wake the Dragon
by Bianca Schulze, illustrated by Samara Hardy
You don’t want to wake the dragon so be very quiet! What will you do when the dragon wakes up? (Sing her a lullaby, of course!) A charming adventure with captivating illustrations, this is sure to capture young readers’ attention from beginning to end.

Who Loves the Dragon?
by Bianca Schulze, illustrated by Samara Hardy
Dragon is back, and she’s not happy because her friends can’t go with her to the Friendship Festival. Help cheer her up! This sweet interactive story both entertains and engages readers as well as gives children helpful strategies for when they feel bad.

Incredible Picture Books, Late Fall 2017
Little Penguin and the Lollipop
by Tadgh Bentley
Interactive and funny, this book will be a new read aloud favorite! Little Penguin has a problem. His seagull friend, Kenneth, is upset that Little Penguin ate his lollipop. Now you must help. Can you make a silly face and say razzle-dazzle lollipop? Your job is to cheer up Kenneth. In the meantime, Little Penguin will find Kenneth a new lollipop. It’s yummy and big and also, someone else’s. Ut-oh. Watch out!

Delightful Interactive Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Through the Forest
by Steffie Brocoli and Catherine Bidet
Mother Forest narrates this forest choose-your-own-adventure story. She describes the scenes and gives you choices and their corresponding page numbers. You’ll love the leafy tab detail on the pages showing the page numbers for easy turning.


12 interactive books for ages 2 to 8

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  1. Amazing list of interactive books. I liked that every book is unique in its approach and has great illustrations. Would include some in my kids book collection. Thanks a lot.