Babies learn best through live presentations. These involve us talking to them, playing, singing, and even reading, even though they might not understand that much yet. As they grow, they will be able to grasp the few words and actions we give out. These then will be a great foundation for the development of their thought and speech, for instance. Because of that, we are thus encouraged to read and to interact with our babies more often. And we have the best interactive baby books to help us out on this.
The best interactive baby books actually are those that have pages babies can bat at or look for hidden characters in. Also, a lot of them incorporate pull tabs, lift flaps, die-cut pages, moving parts, and different textures. All these for the aim at interest and significantly at boosting different types of development. The developments include those for fine motor skills, for the senses, and for the thinking.
These are some of the best interactive baby books with the mentioned elements:
1. Pat the Bunny
2. Guess Which Hand
4. Chomp Goes the Alligator
6. Press Here
7. I Love You Through and Through
8. Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book
9. Explore and More Mix-and-Match Animal Activity Book
10. Feelings (Pull and Play)
11. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
12. Mon Petit Busy Day
13. Good Morning, Good Night!
14. Highlights Hello
15. Baby’s Big Busy Book
16. From Head to Toe
17. Baby Einstein: Amazing Animals! (Play a Sound)
18. Busy Baby: Friends
19. Tap the Magic Tree
20. Color Wonder Hooray for Spring
All books are already interactive as is as we flip their pages throughout our course of reading. However, in the case of our babies, they need more than just flipping the pages. And we ought to take part in giving them the best reading experience with our efforts. Also, the best reading experience depends on the kind of books we read to them, created with paramount innovations.
Pat the Bunny
Written by Dorothy Kunhardt, this book is such a classic, leading the list of the best interactive baby books. Primarily, Pat the Bunny is about two kids that can do a lot of things. This will encourage our babies upon reading to do a lot of things as well. Specifically, this book lets babies explore their senses by feeling different textures and smelling things. It also allows the development of self-awareness by allowing babies to observe themselves with a mirror. Additionally, it has a game of peek-a-boo with the various elements present inside the book.
Guess Which Hand
You guess it. This book will make us hide small objects under our hands and ask little ones where the hidden object is. Also, the book has other fun features like flaps to lift and wheels to turn. It is actually a compact book of basically a lot that we do in real, day-to-day life. This book is a creation of Hans Wilhelm with the illustrations of Ilaria Guarducci. A definite go-to for baby showers for all the amazing activities it lays out for us.
Peeak-A-Who is a quite simple board book created by Nina Laden. It has simple yet fun rhymes we can read while playing the classic baby pee-a-boo game. Also, it is packed with silly wordplay, for example, like when the cow says, “Peek-a Moo!” to make babies giggle. The last page, in fact, lets babies see themselves in a mirror for “Peek-a You!” And of course, the book allows babies to peek through die-cut pages so that they guess who is peering through. In addition, it helps develop learning motor skills as babies flip the pages with the help of the peepholes.
Chomp Goes the Alligator
This book is a touchy-feely concept book created by Matthew Van Fleet. It has elements that help exercise babies’ fine motor skills. For example, babies have to pull a tab to open and close the alligator’s mouth. Moreover, it is great, and among the best baby interactive books to teach learning concepts like numbers and counting. All these while little ones have fun chomp, chomp, chomping with the alligator.
Very simply titled, Tails is also a touch and feel book, created by Matthew Van Fleet. The book allows baby readers to touch, pull, and sniff throughout the course of their reading. This is while they explore the animals in the book. Other than that, the book introduces concepts such as numbers and counting and the concept of opposites. All these while it is engaging the babies’ senses for a variety of sensory fun.
Press Here is a book by Herve Tullet. The book basically gives baby readers the chance to take part as the master of the story. As the title suggests, it invites little ones to press several dots of different colors. They are also invited to tap, shake, blow, and clap. And while they do all these, the dots will respond by changing sizes or colors, multiplying, and traveling around. No doubt that the readers will get glued in wonder and squeal in delight. Beyond that, the book develops our babies’ skills for following a simple sequence of instructions. It also teaches the concept of cause and effect in a unique and enjoyable way.
I Love You Through and Through
This book is probably among the best interactive baby books to teach the concept of love to our little ones. It is very specially made by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak with a well-written rhyming story. Basically, it illustrates babies the parts of them that are loved through the illustrations. And along with that, the babies are to learn their different body parts as well. They can also learn about moods as we imitate those that are in the story like happy, sad, or silly. Perhaps, not only are the babies going to love this book. Bet we are bound to get touched as we relate to the message of unconditional love.
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book
Created by Karen Katz, this is probably among the best interactive baby books to teach about body parts. This is made in a peek-a-boo style, hiding a body part under the flap. Aside from the brightly colored illustration, babies will love lifting the flaps. Through it, we are also allowing them to develop their motor skills like finger isolation and pincer grasp.
Explore and More Mix-and-Match Animal Activity Book
This book from Skip Hop is great for entertainment, especially for teething babies. Apparently, it is already a book and a toy at the same time. Its spine is basically a baby rattle, and its pages are soft with fabric. Also, there is a teether that is attached, so we would not have to worry if our babies chew on paper pages. However, more on the book part of it, the pages actually mix and match to form various animals. All that being said, little ones are bound to learn, play, and chew all at the same time with this book.
Feelings (Pull and Play)
Feelings are as important, or even more, to babies than they are to us. This is why we should already start our kids young at learning and dealing with feelings. The book Feelings by Alice Henand and Thierry Bedouet will help us with this concern. It is probably one of the best interactive baby books that teach babies about this concept. This book, in particular, allows for learning that discussing feelings is essential even for tiny young ones. The illustrations of this book are of Little Crocodile in pull tabs. Baby readers will get excited, identifying, and vocalizing Little Crocodile and his friends’ feelings.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is one and another of the best interactive stories. The story in this book is of a child who innocently writes to the zoo, asking for a pet. The interactive aspect of it is that on every page, an animal is hidden in flaps. Babies will love anticipating what animal is hiding as they exercise their motor skills of lifting the flaps. Aside from that, the book offers a great avenue for children to learn about animals. Maybe after reading, our babies will be ready for a real zoo, don’t we think?
Mon Petit Busy Day
This book by Annette Tamarkin is a great sized book with great activities for our little ones’ busy day. The activities include allowing the baby readers to trace lines using their fingers for fine motor skills practice. Also, they can play memory games and learn shapes at the same time. They can even learn the concept of left and right by clever tab elements in the book. And the list goes on. Every page of this book is a fun learning experience, perfect for growing and developing baby skills.
Good Morning, Good Night!
There is no better way of inducing sleep than reading a book. Of course, since our babies may not know how to read yet, we have to do the reading for them. The stories will have them something to think of or to dream about as they sleep. This book, in particular, Good Morning, Good Night! by Teresa Imperato is one great option for younger kids. It is a touch and feel book, embedded with faux animal furs that give a soothing sensory experience. Babies will learn about animals in this book as well.
Highlights Hello is actually a children’s magazine by Highlights for Children. We can set a subscription for this so that a book or volume is sent to our homes every month. Each book contains a number of short stories. Other than that, there are about two pages of hidden picture puzzles. We can do the puzzle ourselves in our babies’ first few months. But not long after, they will participate in the activity looking for the pictures. It is a great avenue for honing their creativity, imagination, and logical thinking.
Baby’s Big Busy Book
Baby’s Big Busy Book by Karen Katz is a great vocabulary book. It is perfect for babies that are just about to start or are already starting to speak. It contains colorful little illustrations of objects that are labeled accordingly. The illustrations are of that which the babies can observe in all of their busy days. These objects, thus, are those that they can experience from waking up to eating, playing, until through bedtime. When our babies are a little older, they may start reading the labels on their own.
From Head to Toe
As the title suggests, this book by Eric Carle is one that involves body parts, perfect for kids’ learning. However, there are some kids that just cannot stay still even during story time or reading periods. For this concern, though, From Head to Toe will enable baby readers to exercise their body parts upon identification. The illustrations as well are so much fun with the different animals they can imitate. For example, they can imitate the giraffes bend their necks, or the penguins turn their heads. With this, little ones will look absolutely cute following what we read to them.
Baby Einstein: Amazing Animals! (Play a Sound)
This book by Mark Rader, Nathan Barney, and Meghan Barney is a fun rhyming book to read to our babies. It neatly lays out animal pictures in cartoons and in real life. Also, as the title indicates, there are sounds we can play corresponding to every animal in the book. Of course, it is a great way to learn real animal sounds other than our classing “moo’s” and what-not. Guaranteed that every flip of the page, babies are to anticipate the sounds they will hear after pressing the buttons.
Busy Baby: Friends
Babies learn to develop their social and emotional skills, primarily at home, as we interact with them. However, socializing at home is different from socializing outside. And it will not be too long when we like our babies to make some friends from the exterior of our homes. Busy Baby: Friends, thus, by Sarah Gillingham will help us deal with this thought. It is a book that follows a set of characters in everyday life, including sharing, making friends, and playing. Also, does it add that the illustrations are aesthetically retro?
Tap the Magic Tree
We adapt to four seasons that rotate turns every year. This makes the seasons an important concept that children ought to know as they start to gain awareness about their surroundings. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson is a great interactive aimed for this concept. Young readers will learn about all the four seasons while having fun shaking, wiggling, blowing kisses, and tapping pages. All these exercises so that they can make one little tree change according to each season. It will indeed be like magic reading this one book.
Color Wonder Hooray for Spring
Colors are among the primary concepts that kids have to master in their early years. And while it is easier to point our real objects to teach them about colors, it is apparently a bit confusing. According to studies, they should at least learn first precisely the basic colors of the color wheel. Because imagine, there are about a number of shades of red, for instance. Color Wonder Hooray for Spring, though, by Chiêu Anh Urban will help us teach colors to our children better. The illustrations are of flowers with peepholes that baby readers can fill with colors. They can also mix colors to teach, for example, that red and yellow together will make orange.
When can we start reading books to babies?
We can start reading books to babies as early as their fourth to six months. By this age, they will start showing interest in our books. They may grab and hold the books or mouth, chew, and even drop them as well. So, we better choose for this age, books that are made of sturdy vinyl. We can also consider cloth books with repetitive or rhyming text and bright illustrations.
Beyond that period, about six to twelve months old, babies will start to understand the book pictures. They may even start expressing which pictures they like, pages, or maybe entire stories or books. Their responses will include grabbing the book and making sounds. By their twelfth month, they will start flipping the pages on their own, pat, or point objects on a page. In fact, they may even imitate our sound while reading.
What tips can we follow upon reading a book to a baby?
Reading a book to a baby is such a warm and intimate session between the baby and us. So as a tip, we can read a book to our babies while cuddling. This will induce feelings of safety, warmth, and being connected. Also, as loud readers ought to do, we should read with expression, with appropriate volumes and voice of the characters. We may also engage our babies more by pausing every once in a while to ask questions or make comments.
Moreover, it makes the session more fun to sing nursery rhymes and make silly animal sounds. We can even bounce our babies on our knees while doing it. We should as well not be afraid of repeating words or repeating books to read. Apparently, babies like repetition, so go ahead and reread that one book they previously had fun with.