The classic Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt has introduced generations of children to the world of touch-and-feel books. Now these books are more interactive and fun than ever. They mix the traditional elements of reading a picture book with touching, listening and even chewing! Here are 14 interactive storybooks sure to help your child love reading.

That’s Not My Dragon… by Fiona Watt
From ears that are too tufty to a tail that is too prickly, each page offers a new dragon that’s not your baby’s…until the final spread. The dragon book is just one of the many titles in the That’s Not My series. Find a favorite for every personality, whether your little one prefers pandas, pirates or princesses.

Available at amazon.com, $8.99.

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz
Lift the flap to find where baby’s belly button, hands, eyes, and more are hiding. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching, and the peekaboo-style pages build excitement as readers anticipate what is under the flap. It offers teachable moments for babies to learn about different body parts in a fun way.

Available at amazon.com, $5.99.

The Cheerios Play Book by Lee Wade
Who said you shouldn’t play with your food? Snack time becomes play time when you mix the iconic O-shaped cereal kids love with this interactive book. Let baby test out their pincer grasp by filling in the circular spaces with Cheerios to complete each picture.

Available at amazon.com, $7.99.

Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
Peek through the die-cut pages to guess who is peering at you. The simple rhymes are a play on the classic baby game of peekaboo. The book is full of silly wordplay, like when the cow says, “Peek a Moo!” And the last “Peek a YOU!” page lets baby see themselves in a mirror.

Available at amazon.com, $6.95.

Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy! by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton brings her signature humor and playful animal characters to the touch-and-feel style of books. The cover invites children to “touch, skritch, and tickle,” while the interior has an array of different textures for them to explore. The eggs at the end hold an amusing surprise!

Available at amazon.com, $14.99.

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
Touch, pull and sniff your way through this interactive exploration of animals. Tails introduces baby to concepts like counting and opposites in a way that engages many senses. Be sure to check out Matthew Van Fleet’s other reads, such as Alphabet, Heads and Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, for more sensory fun.

Available at amazon.com, $14.99.

Skip Hop Explore and More Mix-and-Match Animal Activity Book
Part toy, part-chew toy, this interactive book has a little something for every sensation. The spine is a grabbable rattle, the soft pages mix and match to form different animals, and there is a teether attached as well. It’s a crinkly, squeaky, chewable and fun read!

Available at amazon.com, $15.

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
This classic lift-the-flap book is a longtime favorite that continues to delight young readers. The refrain invites you to reveal what animal the zoo has sent in an attempt to find the perfect pet. Add in your own animal sounds for even more fun!

Available at amazon.com, $6.99.

Good Morning, Good Night! by Teresa Imperato
Wish your little one a good night on every page of this sweet book. The soothing feel of each animal’s fur is perfect for a low-key sensory experience at bedtime. Practice tucking in the character on the last page before tucking in your own bundle of joy.

Available at amazon.com, $9.99.

Noisy Trucks (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book) by Tiger Tales
Give your mini-explorer a glimpse into the real world with the photographic visuals in My First Touch and Feel Sound Book series. Truck sounds offer an auditory experience for babies and toddlers that goes beyond the typical touch-and-feel read. Discover trucks, farm animals, dinosaurs, and other noisy options with the different books in this series!

Available at amazon.com, $12.99.

Begin Smart Who Am I? by Inc. Sterling Publishing Co.
Opening up this book opens up baby’s imagination. The holes become eyeholes for a mask, combining reading time with play time. While wearing the mask, ask baby “who am I?” and make the proper animal sound. When kids are old enough, they can try out the guessing game on you.

Available at amazon.com, $8.05.

Baby’s Big Busy Book by Karen Katz
A day in the life of a baby is busy indeed! There is so much to touch, explore and see as you follow along with baby–from waking up to eating and playing throughout the day, and finally to bedtime. Build your baby’s vocabulary by reading all the little objects labeled throughout the colorful illustrations.

Available at amazon.com, $14.99.

Elmer’s Touch and Feel World by David McKee
Elmer is the patchwork elephant that belongs on every baby’s bookshelf. Full of first concepts and a colorful cast of animal characters, the adventure only begins with this touch-and-feel book. After reading this one, you’ll want to add all the Elmer books to your collection.

Available at amazon.com, $9.31.

Busy Baby: Friends by Sarah Gillingham
Turn that frown upside down! Little hands will be kept busy swiveling the face in the center of this book from sad to happy. Build up baby’s social and emotional skills as the characters navigate through the everyday happenings of sharing, making friends, and playing. Retro illustrations add to the distinct look of this book.

Available at amazon.com, $9.99.

Katie L. Carroll

featured photo: szymonpacek via Pixabay

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