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I Spy Books: Not Just For Kids

Updated on July 26, 2014

I Spy General Fun

I Spy books in general were fun for me as a kid. I used to check them out at my elementary school's library when ever I got the chance. I got better at finding stuff as I finished each book, finishing them faster and faster. Eventually I remember finding cool things in the images that I'd create my own I spy game.

Learning Potential

You might think an I spy book couldn't be educational. But it could be the exact opposite. From reading to solving the sometimes difficult puzzles ( I think that's what you'd call them). I remember learning new words from this because of the weird things you'd have to find that not everybody uses on a daily basis. You also learn to hone your common sense and imagination eventually you'll be able to guess where the particular item will be so you look in the right spot the first time. (If your kid has trouble finding things like most do you might want to get him/her one of these books.)

I Spy a Funny Frog

This book in particular I believe was one of the first I read of the series. And, if I remember correctly it's one of the easiest ones also. So this is a perfect book to start your kid off with. As the books get a bit more difficult, the images are massively more impressive. Even grown ups can brush up on their skills by picking up these books. Once ready you could even possibly race your kid to find the item before each other (using a new book of course).

More I Spy Books To Check Out

There are a lot more than this but these could get you started. Click one you like and find more on Amazon.

I Spy Animals
I Spy Animals

There are a couple that revolve around certain things like this one and others like numbers, letters and so on.

I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles
I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles

This one was cool finding loot that only a pirate would love was fun.

I Spy Fantasy: A Book of Picture Riddles
I Spy Fantasy: A Book of Picture Riddles

This one was great, I remember all the fantastic images in this one. Including a cool sandcastle. Definitely a great one to check out.


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    • PaigSr profile image


      4 years ago from State of Confusion

      My son and I will go after these searches together. Its fun to see who finds the images being searched for first.

    • ShadowSphereOT profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from U.S.

      @Sylvestermouse: I know right. I didn't even think about how educational it really was until I wrote this. Remembering all that I had learned from these rather simple books.

    • ShadowSphereOT profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from U.S.

      @esmonaco: Thanks, that's awesome.

    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very nice review, we read these books with our grandson all the time, they are so much fun!!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      My son used to love this book! I knew he had a lot of fun with it, but I never thought about it being educational. Double awesome!

    • ShadowSphereOT profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from U.S.

      @DawnRae64: Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit.

    • DawnRae64 profile image


      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I had forgotten about this series. I loved them when my children were younger. Excellent review.

    • ShadowSphereOT profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from U.S.

      @Ruthi: Awesome, thank you! I'm Glad you enjoyed it.

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      4 years ago

      I SPY books are awesome fun for kids! And yes, you are correct, the series is educational, too. Thanks for sharing good reads with children.

      As the Books For Kids Contributor on Squidoo, I will be promoting your book review too!


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