Monday, July 18, 2011

Interactive Children's Books

When I was a kid, pop-up books and coloring books were all the rage in interactive book reading. . While pop-ups and coloring books are still hugely popular, at least in my house, kids living in today's digital age, have even more options. Navigating the choices of print and digital interactive book choices can be daunting for parents.

Interactive books are a big hit with my three year old. We've enjoyed Press Here by Herve Tullet-- see our review. We also loved Roly Poly Egg, which we won from Tiger Tales-- see our thoughts on the book. Jean Marzollo's I Spy books are also a favorite treat. Unfortunately, Logan has already figured out that I Spy books are the perfect books for delaying bedtime.
Tyson (18 months) is in the lift the flap book stage. He loves the Usborne book series, That's not my... He really likes That's Not My Dinosaur . He also still loves cloth books that you can pull strings, stick and unstick with velcro, or play with mirrors.
Last week, we won a new interactive book from a giveaway on Red Ted Art's Blog.  We got an autographed copy of Laura Ljungkvist's newest book in the Follow the Line series. I have to admit, I wasn't familiar with her series. But after reading this book which follows a day at school, I wanted more of her books. The artwork is gorgeous. There is so much to look at one each page, yet every illustration is clear. The line moves left to right across a page, highlight letters, words, and numbers as it goes. The potential for vocabulary development is available every time you re-read the book. I feel like it's one of those books you can read with your child as he grows.
I found this interview with Laura Ljungkvist at The Book Chook I love that she creates her artwork with her daughter and uses her daughter's artwork in her books. How cool is that?
The Book Chook must be a fan of Ljungkvist, because I found other Follow the Line reviews on her blog as well. Check them out here. I know I've already put one on hold at the local library.
Review of other Follow the Line Books

Come back tomorrow for a play activity inspired by this book. And on Thursday I'll have a craft to go with it as well.
I also got a new toy which is going to allow me to utilize more ebooks with the boys. Can you guess what that is?

I'm linking this up:


  1. My son love the 'That's not my ...' books. He has since he was about 6 months old (he's 2 now), I wonder when he'll grow out of them!

  2. My daughter (4.5) still loves interactive books. We only read "Follow the Line Around the World" and really loved that book. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  3. These look like terrific books! And we love press here. Thanks for some new suggestions.

  4. We have one of the Follow the line series and 3 of HT's books, all lovely.Thanks so much for linking up to Book Sharing Monday.