7 (More) Interactive Board Books for Little Ones

I’m back with another awesome list of interactive board books for little ones! If you are interested in expanding your family library, finding a gift for a friend or relative, or donating a book to your child’s preschool or day care center, these are great options. You could go to the library and try one for each day of the week! 🙂

You may also be interested in these previous posts for other interactive board book ideas and how interactive board books can engage babies and toddlers.

Happy reading!

Best Ages: 0-4 years

Pancakes! illustrated by Lotta Nieminen

This books is first on my post today because it is one of the most innovative board books I’ve seen. No food is required to get your toddler or preschooler involved in making pancakes… And you will likely be interested in the unique illustrations, too!

Twisters Numbers by Anton Poitier

A different take on a board book that uses objects that twist from side to side. My children liked counting and moving the shapes on each page. Personally, I thought the illustrations were a little busy, but that may be attractive for babies and toddlers.

One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton

This is a fun interactive read because the cat is only partially visible on each page, so your child can follow along and try to spot the cat on each page. Lovely photographs of illustrations sewn with felt, beads, and other items. Dynamic ending!

Surprise! by Lisbet Slegers

Lift the flaps to find the animal babies! Bold and bright illustrations will keep your baby/toddler engaged as you read aloud together.

Flutterby Butterfly by Emma Parish

A fun book that has slide-out rather than lift-the-flaps. One downside to the book was the tongue-twister of repeating “fluttery butterfly.”

Sophie la Girafe: Hide and Seek by Dawn Sirett

This book’s character is based on the popular French giraffe teether, Sophie. I LOVE how sturdy this board book is! I imagine it will hold up much longer than the typical mass-produced “lift the flap” style books whose flaps are made of thin, papery material and glued on lightly. Another plus: the graphics and side tabs are very cute!

Touch and Trace Farm by Jonathan Litton

Tracing is combined with lift the flaps for an engaging read with your little one. There are a few unique ideas of shapes on the farm (my favorite is the plow behind the tractor).

Counting Practice

Yesterday I shared about our family’s latest and greatest alphabet read to promote early literacy, Playful Pigs from A-Z. Today it only seems appropriate to address another foundational skill for young children: counting. If the alphabet is vital to literacy, counting and number recognition are equally integral (pun intended!) to mathematics. Counting books help children understand that numbers are orderly and an important part of the world around them.

This week my children and I read the counting book 1 is One by Tasha Tudor. I liked it because it rhymes and counts to 20. My preschooler enjoyed learning new words as we read and looked at the pictures to discern what the some of the unfamiliar words were, such as swallows (the bird, not the verb) and slate. The illustrations are beautiful and quaint with the pages alternating between color and black-and-white. Not surprisingly, 1 is One was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1957.

If you enjoy all things vintage or are a bit of a romantic, 1 is One will be a delightful read for you as your children practice counting to 20.

Best Age: prek – kindergarten

For Parents:

  • Count the items on the page for each number as you read 1 is One.
  • After reading the book, look back at the illustration for number 10, which displays written numbers on a slate. Write out numbers 1-10 on a paper and ask your child to trace over them with colored pencil, marker or crayon. Add stickers below each number to show the amount that each number symbol represents. Count aloud together as your child puts stickers on the paper.

For Teachers:

  • Set out a large, shallow container or bowl with a small amount of water in it. (A baking pan or Rubbermaid tub may work well.) Refer students back to the page for number 1, with “one duckling swimming in a dish.” Using rubber duckies, have a student select a number 1-20 using slips of paper or popsicle sticks. Then, count aloud together as the student volunteer adds the appropriate number of rubber ducks to the water. Repeat the activity as many times as desired.
  • Give each student a mini white board and marker to use in place of a slate. Refer students back to the page for number 10, which displays written numbers on a slate. Instruct students to write the number you say aloud to them. Then ask students to draw that many dots on the board as you count to that number together. Model on the class white board as you practice. Erase the boards and continue to practice for numbers 1-20 as long as desired.