Interactive Picture Books

As apps and touch screens become more and more popular even with the youngest of kids, these picture books work similarly by encouraging kids to touch, turn, make faces and shake their way through the pages. Check out these 12 interactive books and turn your idea of how books work upside down too!

Press Here and Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley

Warning: Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Tap to Play by Salina Yoon

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter

I Will Chomp You! by Jory John

Miss Jessica

 

The #1 Titles of 2017

 

We have loved sharing our favorites of 2017 with you!  Hopefully you have found some amazing reads in these lists!  What books did you fall in love with this year?  Leave titles in the comments!  Without further ado… Here were our favorite favorites!

 

Miss Christina

 

Joplin Wishing by Diane Stanley

Joplin had never known her famous grandfather, but that didn’t stop her from taking a tin filled with pieces from a broken platter that had belonged to him. When the platter was repaired and placed over her bed, she was thrilled as she felt  she could relate to the girl in the picture. It turns she could do even more than that! Soon, Joplin realizes that the wishes she makes become true. This isn’t your usual wishes come true story. It contains many intricate plot twists and turns that keep you guessing.  What I liked about the book is that it had a very realistic feel to it. The magical and mysterious parts blended in so well as to seem believable, and the happy ending is bittersweet.

 

Miss Sarah

 

The Bad Seed by Jory John

Don’t let labels define you!

 

 

Miss Teresa

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of RBG vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter

In this clever biography, told as if it were a jury trial, the author presents the story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg overcame obstacle after obstacle to become the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice; no small feat for a girl born in an era when women were not encouraged to go to college or work outside the home!  The “trial” ends with just one verdict.  Because she did not let others define her, Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself has become a symbol of justice in America.

 

 

Miss Marta

 

The Bad Mood and The Stick by Lemony Snicket

It’s baaa-aaack (which is funnier if you have read this book)!  As much as we avoid duplicate titles, this one definitely is worth mentioning twice.  Don’t let the fact this is a social story scare you away.  This is one of the most relatable, funny, simple-yet-brilliant stories you will come across to talk to kids about moods and feelings and how negative energy can spread, but so can positive energy.  I read this in a few preschools and had some awesome conversations.  The story starts with Curly, who has a bad mood cloud hanging over her.  She does something naughty, which makes her feel better, but then makes her mom feel unhappy.  The story goes round about through the characters passing the bad mood around (it even has stopped at YOUR house a few times I bet), but it also shows how when you let the bad mood skip over you, good things can happen.  The illustrations capture this so beautifully that even three and four year olds understand and relate.  Between its humor and its purpose it definitely earned top honors on my shelf.

 

 

Miss Janna

 

The Book of Dust (La Belle Sauvage) by Philip Pullman

In this novel, Philip Pullman returns to the world of his earlier Dark Materials Trilogy with a new twist.  Fans of Pullman will recognize his communication of adult concepts in a children’s story setting.

Best of 2016 #9

If you missed our faves in the #10 spot yesterday, check them out here!  In the mean time, on to…

Sarah

My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison

A story of true friendship and an understanding soul.

Marta

Quit Calling Me Monster by Jory Johns

Monster is very offended when people keep calling him… a monster!  He doesn’t want to fit the stereotype… or does he?  This book and the illustrations make for a hilarious read-aloud with preK on up.

Teresa

Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion

Will Pug and Pig ever learn to get along?  This darling story celebrates embracing change, being kind to others and finding friendship in unlikely places.

Janna

Hey, That’s MY Monster by Amanda Noll

A silly read-aloud tale of finding the perfect bedtime monster for you!  Parents and kids will both get a kick out of this one and laugh along with Ethan and Emma (and their monsters)!