Toddlers will love these interactive boardbooks


Toddlers love books and they love them even more when they can interact with them in some way. The following are some great options to involve your little one in the reading process.

Carry and Learn Shapes“CARRY AND LEARN SHAPES,” by Scholastic and Sarah Ward, Cartwheel Books; Ltf Mus Br edition, Aug. 25, 2015, Boardbook, $7.99 (ages 0-3)

This is the third book in Scholastic’s Carry and Learn series. We have the first one, “Carry and Learn Colors,” and my daughter has loved it to the point where parts of it are now held together with packaging tape. Carry and Learn books feature elements that allow toddlers to touch, feel, lift, learn, slide and grow. And each page features a die-cut tab that not only makes it easier to turn, but reinforces the ideas on the page — in this case, shapes. My daughter loves to run her fingers along the different textures and to point to specific shapes and animal friends. The handle at the top makes it fun to carry around, too.

5 Little Monkies“FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS: A FINGERS & TOES NURSERY RHYME BOOK,” by Natalie Marshall, Cartwheel Books; Ina Brdbk edition, Aug. 25, 2015, Boardbook, $6.99 (ages 0-3)

Five little monkeys, jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

I think most of us heard this little rhyme at least once when growing up. In this version of the classic rhyme, cute illustrations are paired with picture guides designed to help readers act out hand and foot movements. Tabs that help count down the number of monkeys jumping on the bed make for easy page turning and counting fun.

LoveMy PuppyLove My Dinosaur“I LOVE MY PUPPY,” and “I Love My Dinosaur,” by Caroline Jayne Church, Cartwheel Books; Mus Brdbk edition, Aug. 25, 2015, Boardbook, $7.99 (ages 0-3)

We are big fans of Carolyn Jayne Church books in our household. “I Love My Puppy” and “I Love My Dinosaur” are no exception. What makes these a little different than her other books is the addition of touch and feel elements on every page. Rhyming words and simple text build on social and emotional skills, making these a fun addition to your library

Both of these books are part of the Church’s Love Meez series. Two more books, “I Love My Bunny” and “I Love My Robot” are due out in December.

ItsyBitsySpider“ITSY BITSY SPIDER,” by Petra Brown, Sleeping Bear Press; Brdbk edition, Aug. 1, 2015, Boardbook, $6.99 (ages 0-3)

This is one of the latest books from the artist of the Grandma Loves You series. The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” is the least obvious interactive book on this list, but I defy you to not sing the song while reading this one aloud to your little one. In this version of the classic nursery rhyme, Grandma lends a helping hand when the spider needs it most. The illustrations are sweet, and a count the insects activity is included on the last page, adding depth to this simple tale.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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