Best Interactive Books For Kids 2015 | 3D Pop-Ups, Movable Parts & Creative Ideas
Entertaining & Interesting Books for Children
The absolute best way to encourage kids to become more enthusiastic about reading is to increase interaction and provide them with sensory interest such as things to pull, open and spin! I know from personal experience that the books I read the most as a child were the interactive books where there were ways to add to the book, move parts around or a prop of some kind was included.
The books below are suitable for a wide variety of children, from toddlers to early teens. Some are reading books and some are more educational kits, but they all allow a mix of reading and interaction, to keep a child's interest for longer and to promote enjoyment of reading.
I hope you find the selection helpful :)
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The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice | Ages 3 - 7
I think the number of 5-star Amazon reviews says it all, with many people naming this book as a childhood favorite.
The Jolly Postman | Ages 5+
Talking of childhood favorites; this book was mine (and I still have my copy after 20 years!) The illustrations are lovely, and I think my favorite thing is the miniature letters found inside, which I find to be very cute :)
I really think that this is a book that can be appreciated by both children and adults, especially as there is always some amusing detail to notice in the drawings .
Doodle Journal | Ages 8+
For artistically-minded children, you can't go wrong with a journal specifically dedicated to fun doodling. Klutz are well-known for inspiring young creative minds, and this is a very good (and 5* star rated) example.
Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered | Ages 8+
I own a few Klutz brand books and my favorite two are this drawing book, and the watercolor painting book. Not only are these art books suitable for both adults and children, but this one is illustrated by none other than Quentin Blake who illustrated my Roald Dahl childhood favorites including the BFG and Matilda!
The Wheels on the Bus | Ages 2 - 8
Another 5* rated (and very popular) book for your perusal now, and this one features moving parts including opening doors, swishing wipers and sliding windows. It's a much-loved classic that has been around for over 20 years and has been enjoyed by nearly a million readers.
Lift the Lid on Mummies | Ages 4+
I've always found the subject of Ancient Egyptians very interesting, and like most kids it's the gory and gruesome bits that are the best! Not only is mummification gross but it is also fascinating and intriguing, which is what makes this mummy book kit much more fun than regular educational activities.
The Jolly Christmas Postman | Ages 5+
Following the huge success of the original Jolly Postman book, this Christmas version followed after a few years and has gone on to become very popular too. I might be biased because I love it so much but I think every child should own the Jolly Postman books!
Toy Story Pop-Up Book
The Toy Story movies have been a runaway success in cinemas, with a brilliantly original story idea and a glimpse into the unknown world of what toys get up to when we're not here!
This pop-up book is not like the usual type; instead, kids can treat it more like a group of theater sets and interact directly with the pages rather than simply browsing.
Amazing Dinosaur Discovery | Ages 4 - 7
Dinosaurs create a sense of wonder and excitement for most kids, and this book is a brilliant way of exploring the world of dinosaurs whilst learning along the way.
Uncover the Human Body | Ages 8+
The human body used to be what I was interested in as a kid, so this would have been right up my street!
(Note: If you like this type of book layout, then there are also books available for animals including dogs, cats, sharks and dinosaurs.)