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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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.

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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

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

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!

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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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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Tulisha Scott


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.

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

Lydia R.


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)



These look so fun!! Thank you.

Amanda Ritter


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



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.

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



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!



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



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!



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


Love these suggestions



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



We love books and these are some good suggestions!

Jessica The B Keeps Us Honest


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



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



These are great ideas, thanks! My preschooler’s favorite is the Monster at the End of this Book!



These books look great. I will have to find them to use with my kids!



My son used to shut every book I opened! I wish I would have thought of this when he was 2!

Bre Taylor


My son never likes read aloud time and I’m still trying to find a way to engage him. Will have to check these out.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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What do you do during read aloud time? Many children, from toddlers and even up to teens, struggle to pay attention well when they must sit still. Lots of parents report read aloud time goes much better when little hands are busy with something like playdough, blocks, coloring, or even just rolling around on the floor. This blog post, Reading Aloud to Kids That Can’t Sit Still, may give you some more ideas.



Great book recommendations. We love picture books!

Karie Murray


We love reading picture books!



These book look like a lot of fun! There are several that I think my son will enjoy.

Heather Thome


Such a great list of books! Thank you for sharing!

Mary jones


Love these suggestions!

Jo Werner


Great recommendations! Looking forward to picking lots of these up at our library.

Nakesha Davis


My daughter absolutely LOVES Mix It Up! She will have me read and read and read and read all day long if I let her!

I love these suggestions! I want to add them all to my Amazon wish list! Thank you for taking the time to share.



These are great suggestions and I can’t wait to get them into our routine of reading, thanks!

More good preschool interactive books:
Go Go Go! by Roxie Munro
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet
Usborne See Inside series

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Thanks for the additional recommendations, Jane!

Thanks, we love books of course…I have bought and enjoyed all the AAL recommendations – the Christmas list was a great one this year because it included a lot of great books we didn’t already know about.



This is a great booklist! I have two boys that have always loved reading and my wiggly daughter that really needs to feel engaged to sit and listen!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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I have a wiggly daughter too. Way too often I hear and read how it’s boys that are wiggly, or high energy, or whatever, as if it’s based on their gender and not their personality. My wiggly daughter is all girl, but absolutely has to move way more than her brothers.

Amy Mac


Thank you for all of these suggestions. I am not familiar with most of them and have several wigglers.

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