Interactive books can be used with babies and toddlers.
They include fun, exciting things to do while a child is engaged in a story.
In fact, they can also be used with school-age children who don't enjoy reading, and books with quick links can be used to develop computer skills for advanced readers.
Interactive children's books make reading more fun!
For younger children, especially, the more interaction in a book, the more FUN it is for kids to read.
Other forms of media are hard to compete with, but a book with things to do, draws in children and parents alike
Interaction with a book and its characters helps develop a child's love of books. When children associate books with fun, they naturally want to read books themselves!
What is an Interactive Book?
An interactive book is a book that requires some action by the reader(s). Interactive childrens books tend to draw the participants in to the story and children can get really involved and excited about the story.
Here are some of the actions your child might be asked to perform:
Open a flap – For very young children, this develops gross motor skills. A cute example of this kind is Sam's Sandwich by David Pelham.
Touch a fun texture – This develops tactile discrimination or being able to tell one object from another by touching it. Childrens books may use soft (fur), rough (sandpaper), or even sticky to touch objects. These interactive books are best for babies and toddlers. A good example of a touch and feel book is Baby Einstein: Violet's House by Julie Aigner-Clark .
Explore a safe website – The websites that the books link to in Usborne books have been checked for safety and relevance. These books are used with many homeschool curriculums and to supplement other school programs. A great way to introduce your child to the internet. Your child might be asked to go to a website to DO something. Usborne's The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece by Lesley Sims is an example that children love, partly because of the humor. This book is an excellent home school resource and has high quality photos and information. (ages 9-12)
Identify a sound in an interactive sound book. - A variation of this kind of childrens book is Moo Baa La La La. Children have to correct the sounds when the book makes mistakes. The silliness (and it keeps getting funnier) makes this a favorite for many young children. (ages baby-preschool)
If you have a child or grandchild, consider buying some interactive books for him. You'll find that you will have lots of fun reading them together. Just don't do it at bedtime, or you'll find that your child might be too wound up (from all the fun) to go to sleep.