Sunday, March 8, 2015

RA RA READ: Interactive Picture Books

Interactive picture books are extremely popular in my library; at storytime, with the parents, with preschool teachers, and of course with the kids themselves! I've been tagging them in my LibraryThing for a while and now I'd like to share some with you. These are the ones I use most often in storytime and to the greatest effect.

There are many, many more interactive books - and many books you can make interactive just by how you use them in storytime! Please share your favorites in the comments. [Updated]

  • Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
    • This works best with older children (4-5). Have them join you in the actions suggested on each page.
  • Clap your hands by Lorinda Cauley
    • This is a classic interactive book and works great with toddlers, but you will need to adapt it a little with some things like asking for kisses or tickling if you don't have caregivers on hand. Also, not all the younger kids can somersault yet!
  • Don't push the button by Bill Cotter
    • At first this appears to be a spin-off of Tullet's Press Here but it's actually more akin to The Monster at the end of this book. Be prepared to calm down riotous laughter. Only offers opportunities for a small number of children to participate. It works best if you have two helpers.
  • What happens next, Who's like me, what will I be by Nicola Davies
    • These lift the flap books are my top go-to nonfiction titles, especially Who's Like Me which teaches the difference between mammals, amphibians, reptiles, etc. There are enough flaps for a large class to take turns lifting and looking but be prepared to spend a loooooong time discussing these. I usually set aside at least 10 minutes and you can easily spend an entire storytime just one one of these books.
  • Go away big green monster; If you're a monster and you know it by Ed Emberley
    • I actually have a puppet that goes with Big Green Monster. I have used it to great effect with special education students - teen age, preschool developmental level. I get them all to make "go away" motions and say with me "go away" as I read the book. The second title is a fun singing book - get everyone standing and clapping their claws!
  • Jump by Scott Fischer
    • All ages love this book. I get all the kids to crouch down, and once they've got the idea of the book - that there's going to be a JUMP every time I turn the page, they will enthusiastically follow along.
  • I spy in the sky, I spy on the farm, I spy pets, I spy under the sea, I spy with my little eye by Edward Gibbs
    • These are very simple - there is a question with a clue and a hole in the page gives you a hint as to the animal. These work best with toddlers and younger preschoolers as they're too easy for the older kids.
  • Who has this tail? Who has these feet by Laura Hulbert
    • This works nicely with a range of children - simple pictures of different parts of animals. You can expand it for older kids to talk about how the different parts are used (a la Steve Jenkins)
  • It's a tiger! by David LaRochelle
    • This is one of our absolute favorites! Have all the kids stand up and as you read the book, whenever you get to "it's a tiger! run!" have them scream and run in place. They will catch on quickly!
  • Warning: Do not open this book by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • This works best with older kids who can understand the tongue-in-cheek humor, but kids pretty universally like the idea of breaking the rules.
  • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
    • This is a marvelous fall-themed take on Press Here. It does not have enough activities for a large class, but about half way through I switch to the kids doing the motions in their seats, so everyone can participate.
  • Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea
    • This one works best with older kids who understand the point of the story - that you're contrasting living and manufactured things. I use it with a game "Garden vs. Not Garden" and I generally open the flaps myself as I read it.
  • Can you make a scary face by Jan Thomas
    • All ages love this. Stand up! Sit down! Do the chicken dance!
  • Press Here; Mix it up by Herve Tullet
    • These are classic interactive books, although both are still fairly new. One of the things I like is that they offer opportunities for a class of 20-25 kids to participate, although you have to do a little math to make sure everyone gets a turn. Do leave extra time for participation.

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