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Favorite Interactive Picture Books

Reading to an active child can be a challenge, but interactive picture books can help your child reap all the benefits of reading aloud together—without forcing him to sit still.

Here are some of my favorite interactive picture books, representing a wide variety of books.

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Animals Upside Down book cover

Animals Upside Down
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Animals Upside Down gives readers an amazing right-side up look at some of the world’s most fascinating upside-down animals. With doors to slide, tabs to pull, flaps to lift, and pages to pop, this animal extravaganza offers an engaging look at animals that see the world from a completely different perspective.

Beautiful Oops! book cover

Beautiful Oops!
by Barney Saltzberg

Mistakes can sometimes seem like failures, but Barney Saltzberg’s inventive illustrations prove that mistakes can be windows to amazing new ideas and creations. The flaps, the tears, the stains, the spills—even a crumpled piece of paper—can all become something wonderful.

The Black Book of Colors book cover

The Black Book of Colours
by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faría

The Black Book of Colours, takes readers on an extraordinary journey, inviting them to view color through the “eyes” of someone who can’t see. Just touch your fingertips to the colorless pages of this remarkable book, and let your senses take you on a color-filled adventure that must be felt to be believed.

Can You Make a Scary Face? book cover

Can You Make a Scary Face?
by Jan Thomas

Can You Make a Scary Face? is not your run-of-the-mill, sit-on-the-couch kind of picture book. Jan Thomas drops her readers right in the middle of the hysterical interplay between a loud ladybug, a tiny, tickly bug, and a giant, hungry frog.

Follow the Line Through the House book cover

Follow the Line Through the House
by Laura Ljungkvist

Make yourself at home and follow the line through this book. First, you’ll follow the line to the kitchen and find yourself a snack. Then follow the line to the closet and try on some clothes. Follow the line to the attic to find treasures just waiting to be discovered. Go ahead … Follow the Line!

Inside Outside book cover

Inside Outside
by Lizi Boyd

Children will love exploring the inside and the outside of this beautifully simple wordless picture book. Start on the inside and look through the window cutout. What do you see? Now turn the page and head outside to see! With each page turn, Inside Outside reveals new seasons and new surprises.

The Book with No Pictures book cover

The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak

This is not your typical children’s book, yet your children will want you to read it over and over again. That might be because The Book With No Pictures makes adults say whatever the book wants them to say. No matter how silly. No matter how ridiculous. And as you will soon discover, children think that is hilarious!

Find Momo book cover

Find Momo
by Andrew Knapp

It’s like Where’s Waldo for dogs. If you’ve never played hide-and-seek with a fun-loving border collie, you don’t want to miss this book. In his inventive photo adventure, Andrew Knapp has created the best game ever! Just open the book and start looking for Momo. But beware … finding Momo may not be as easy as you think!

Flora and the Flamingo book cover

Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle

There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, but trying to out-dance a flamingo is not a contest for the faint of heart. But then, the determined star of this inventive lift-a-flap book is no ordinary dancer. Can you keep up with Flora and the Flamingo?

Green book cover

Green
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Clearly there’s more to the color green than meets the eye. Using perfectly placed cutouts that offer glimpses of unexpected color, Caldecott-honor winning author Laura Vaccaro Seeger paints a portrait of the color green that reveals both its diversity and its multifaceted beauty.

I Spy with My Little Eye book cover

I Spy with My Little Eye
by Edward Gibbs

In Edward Gibbs’s picture book version of the classic “I Spy” game, your child is invited to play along. Perfectly placed peep holes and colorful clues provide just enough information to help your child guess the identity of the animal just beyond the next page turn. What do you think you’ll find when you spy with your little eye?

Kimonos book cover

Kimonos
by Annelore Parot

Kimonos is an interactive journey into the world of Japanese Kokeshi dolls—with no passport required! Page after page of flaps, die-cuts, and gate folds provide an irresistible peek at the kimonos and hair styles of Japan’s beloved Kokeshi dolls. Pack your bags and jump right in! This interactive book is a little girl’s dream come true.

LOOK! Book cover

LOOK!
by Édouard Manceau

Édouard Manceau’s innovative board book is more than a book—it’s a window to the world that lies beyond the pages of the book. LOOK! invites your child to search for colors, letters, numbers, and things that move. Does real life look like the pictures in the book? Be curious and explore. But most of all, LOOK!

Mix It Up! book cover

Mix It Up!
by Hervé Tullet

From the bestselling author of Press Here, Mix It Up! is an explosion of color that begins with just a tap. This action-filled book lets kids rub, shake, tilt, and press the pages for a lesson in color theory they won’t soon forget. Mix blue and red! Mix yellow and blue! Are you ready? Go ahead … it’s time to Mix It Up!

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Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson

If you could, would you coax a bare brown tree to burst back to life again? In Tap the Magic Tree, you will turn the words into motion, enticing the tree along its journey from winter to spring, from spring to summer, through fall and winter, and then back to spring again.

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The Monster at the End of this Book
by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin

Grover is determined to keep you from finding The Monster at the End of this Book. Grover does not want to see the monster, but every page turn brings him (and you) closer to the end of the book. So he begs and pleads, nails boards, ties knots, and builds walls. Who do you think Grover will find at the end of the book?

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Pick, Pull, Snap!
by Lola M. Schaefer

Lola Schaefer’s delightful lift-a-flap book is a garden waiting to be harvested—by you! It’s a gardening how-to, a botany lesson, and a walk through the seasons, all in one. Large flaps invite children to pick, pull, and snap their way through a garden’s transformation from seed to flower to fruit.

There Are Cats in This Book book cover

There Are Cats in This Book
by Viviane Schwarz

Your little one will have fun chasing three mischievous cats through the pages of this silly and sweet interactive book. Lighthearted illustrations will elicit loads of giggles from the beginning to the very last page turn. It’s true: there are cats in this book, and they want to play! Just keep flipping the pages to play along.

We Are in a Book! book cover

We Are in a Book!
by Mo Willems

Read and laugh along as these two best friends discover that they are in a book! The fun really starts when Elephant & Piggie discover that you’re reading the book they’re in. Prepare to read this one again and again. After all, that’s what Elephant & Piggie ask you to do!

Waddle! book cover

Waddle!
by Rufus Butler Seder

Waddle! encourages beginning readers to prance, stomp, and scamper through its pages, not just reading, but moving right along with Rufus Butler Seder’s innovative animals-in-motion. If you want to get your kids moving, this is the book for you!

The Waterhole book cover

The Waterhole
by Graeme Base

In this magnificent work of art, brilliant author and artist Graeme Base creates a masterpiece that is, all at once, a simple counting book, a crash course in water cycles, an advanced version of “I Spy,” and an interactive storybook. This book is wild!

Press Here book cover

Press Here
by Hervé Tullet

Without a single flap to flip, no popups to pop, and no holes to poke your finger through, this unexpectedly interactive book involves readers in an adventure, making curious requests and providing surprising—almost magical—results. Just follow the directions and turn the page to see what will happen next.

Bunny Slopes book cover

Bunny Slopes
by Claudia Rueda

In this fun interactive picture book, a bunny invites you to join him for a day on the slopes—but he’s going to need your help! First, you’ll have to shake the snow down! And then you’ll need to tilt and turn the book to help the bunny make his way down the hill. Phew … skiing is a lot of work!

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Jen

says:

My kiddos have loved “Press Here” and I’m eager to check out some of these other recommendations. Thanks!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Press Here is a such a fun book, but I hope you will find lots more here to love, Jen!

Hayle

says:

Thank you for this list they all sound like such fun books! Will have to find some next time we go to the library!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Hayle! I hope you find lots of them at your library.

Jonell

says:

What a great list. Thanks for putting these together in one spot for reference.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Jonell.

Billie Joy Miller

says:

So many of our favorites are on this list! We own several of these titles, while others are on our “most frequently checked out” list at the library!

CAnnDo

says:

I absolutely love interactive books, my library has quite a variety. I had no idea that there was so many still to collect.

Sarita Johnson

says:

As a former children’s library specialist, I see lots of favorites on this list. I was pleased to also see quite a few I had not heard of before. I think a trip to the library is in our future.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Sarita! I hope you find those titles to be future favorites!

Emma Allison

says:

Very helpful information. Thanks alot

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad this was helpful, Emma. You’re welcome.

Clarice

says:

I do appreciate book lists like this. Lots of titles on here we’ve not read before. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Clarice! I hope you find lots of new books to love from this list.

Joy

says:

We will have to check these out from the library!
A Snowy Day is a popular “interactive” book in our house.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Joy,
A Snowy Day is such a lovely book! I hope you find others here that you enjoy as much as it.

Alicia

says:

Great book list!! Reading to your little one is so impactful and leaves memories that last a lifetime!! All About Reading has been one of the best resources I’ve bought for teaching my little ones!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Alicia! It’s great to hear that All About Reading is working so well for your family.

Alicia

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Amazing book choices!! Reading a lot to your little ones is so impactful and creates memories that will last a life time!! All About Reading has been the best purchase I’ve made towards my little ones education!

Victoria W.

says:

Love this list! The Sesame Street book has quickly become a favourite around here. Definitely saving this list for some nieces and nephews

Heather Mitchell

says:

Love this list! Look forward to trying the ones we haven’t seen yet!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great, Heather! I hope you find a lot of books to enjoy from this list.

Brittany L Brannon

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The kimonos book is too cute! Id defiitely look into purchasing it and many more for my niece who is starting school soon!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you like it, Brittany, and I hope your niece likes it as well.

Merysa Rios

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Thank you for the list! We LOVE Elephant and Piggie books! Would love to take a look at these! :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Merysa. The Elephant and Piggie series is really wonderful! I hope you find others here you enjoy as well.

Krista

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Thank you for the great book recommendations

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Krista.

Tulisha Scott

says:

When I saw the title for this list, I wondered if Press Here would be on it. And then it was like a bonus—two Hervé Tullet books on one list! Thank you for recommending so many good books!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, Tulisha. And how could we have a blog post about interactive picture books and not include Press Here? ?

Lydia R.

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Mix It Up was my younger one’s favorite book when he was three! (He didn’t enjoy Press Here) as much. We’ll see if any of these other books is a hit with him. (He’s four and currently into Dr. Seuss)

Molly

says:

These look so fun!! Thank you.

Amanda Ritter

says:

Excited to add these to the library list! Thank you!

ACP

says:

Gallop! is similar to the Waddle! title above and gets kids moving and speaking the animal code. The holographics pictures are so neat!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ooo, this one sounds like a lot of fun. Thank you for the recommendation.

Erin

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The Monster at the End of this Book was a favorite of mine as a child and now I love reading it to my kids!

Leah

says:

How fun! I’ll have to find some of these at the library next visit!

Janice

says:

Thank you for this list. We are working our way through these books (put them on hold at the library so we could try several), and my children LOVE them!

Maya

says:

I found some of these books in our local library. We had so much fun reading Herve Tullet books. Thank you for the recommendation!!!

Elizabeth Hutchison

says:

Love these suggestions

Heather

says:

So many new titles for us to try! Thank you!

Glenda

says:

We love books and these are some good suggestions!

Jessica The B Keeps Us Honest

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Press Here is a favorite in our house along with anything by Mo Willems.

Carol

says:

Great list! Most of them are new to us. Looking forward to reading them with my girlie.