It’s a great time to cuddle up with a book and a young friend and take advantage of the special coziness of entering a book world. Outside, it may be cold (and in Portland, raining). But you can chase the blues away with books that encourage interaction and fun.
Best place to start: B.J. Novak’s new hit. Kids LOVE this book. If you don’t believe us, check out the Youtube of the author reading to a group of 5-year-olds (posted on the book’s Amazon page). Their laughter is contagious! It really is a book without pictures, but the words on the page make it fun and silly. Everything written on the page has to be said aloud by the reader. The kids I’ve shared the book with think they are playing a great trick on the reader, and they are in on the joke. When we sent a copy to our dear nieces Hazel and Charlotte, we received a call when they received it and they were still in hysterics. (And yes, it is B.J. Novak from The Office fame has branched out to children’s books.)
Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet
In this follow-up to Press Here, Herve Tullet invites readers to, well, Mix it up–colorwise, that is. Each page has simple instructions to make colors appear or vanish, splatter, mix. . .all at the command of the reader. Besides being imaginative, it also instructive in what happens if. . .you combine colors, for example, or take colors away. Made me want to break out the finger paints!
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
Poor little Louie! He’s trying to tell a story. Like many of us, he finds it’s really hard to tell our story perfectly. But why tell it, he argues, if it isn’t just exactly right? The water color pastels, along with pen and ink are an important part of the story, which frankly, keeps getting messed up. The book is flat-out funny; fingerprints and scribbles magically appear as Louie addresses the reader. The dialogue bubbles are great! Do we ever get to hear Louie’s story? No spoilers! You’ll have to read it yourself and engage in the messy project.
Still craving more interactive books? Check out our Book Flight: Get Lost on a Book