7 (More) Interactive Board Books for Little Ones

I’m back with another awesome list of interactive board books for little ones! If you are interested in expanding your family library, finding a gift for a friend or relative, or donating a book to your child’s preschool or day care center, these are great options. You could go to the library and try one for each day of the week! 🙂

You may also be interested in these previous posts for other interactive board book ideas and how interactive board books can engage babies and toddlers.

Happy reading!

Best Ages: 0-4 years

Pancakes! illustrated by Lotta Nieminen

This books is first on my post today because it is one of the most innovative board books I’ve seen. No food is required to get your toddler or preschooler involved in making pancakes… And you will likely be interested in the unique illustrations, too!

Twisters Numbers by Anton Poitier

A different take on a board book that uses objects that twist from side to side. My children liked counting and moving the shapes on each page. Personally, I thought the illustrations were a little busy, but that may be attractive for babies and toddlers.

One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton

This is a fun interactive read because the cat is only partially visible on each page, so your child can follow along and try to spot the cat on each page. Lovely photographs of illustrations sewn with felt, beads, and other items. Dynamic ending!

Surprise! by Lisbet Slegers

Lift the flaps to find the animal babies! Bold and bright illustrations will keep your baby/toddler engaged as you read aloud together.

Flutterby Butterfly by Emma Parish

A fun book that has slide-out rather than lift-the-flaps. One downside to the book was the tongue-twister of repeating “fluttery butterfly.”

Sophie la Girafe: Hide and Seek by Dawn Sirett

This book’s character is based on the popular French giraffe teether, Sophie. I LOVE how sturdy this board book is! I imagine it will hold up much longer than the typical mass-produced “lift the flap” style books whose flaps are made of thin, papery material and glued on lightly. Another plus: the graphics and side tabs are very cute!

Touch and Trace Farm by Jonathan Litton

Tracing is combined with lift the flaps for an engaging read with your little one. There are a few unique ideas of shapes on the farm (my favorite is the plow behind the tractor).

Celebrating Birthdays with Our Kids

Birthdays are special times! They are important to children because it is a day to remind them how loved and special they are, that they have been created in the image of God and that we are so grateful to have them in our lives.

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Our youngest daughter’s 1st birthday, celebrated with a picnic in the park.

We celebrate by telling our children how much we love them, naming specific things we appreciate about them, remembering times we shared with them, looking forward to what is to come in the next year and praying for God’s blessing in their lives.

Our oldest daughter’s 4th birthday, celebrated in our home.

Two of my favorite Scriptures to use to pray over my children are:

  • “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
  • For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father.” (Colossians 1:9-12)

Here are some fun books to read with young children or as a family as part of your birthday celebrations:

Little Miss Muffet’s Count-Along Surprise by Emma Chichester Clark

Taking the traditional nursery rhyme of Little Miss Muffet, the author creates clever rhymes to bring many animals and items to a celebration of Little Miss Muffet’s birthday… With a surprise ending!

Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin

 Join the barnyard animals to celebrate a birthday! Repetitive text keeps young readers engaged. Both of my children were delighted by this book – and the funny twist at the end is something they still remember and recite!

Happy Birthday, Curious George by Emily Meyer

This book is very cute and has various poems about the aspects of Curious George’s birthday that every child will relate to. The illustrations are modeled after the original Curious George books published in the 1960s, which I like, and the book doesn’t include anything too silly or disobedient on George’s part. 😉

Note: In the classroom, you can read one of these books on your birthday or to honor the birthdays of students in any given month.

Please comment with any birthday books you’ve read or special birthday traditions in your family!