Interactive Books for Kids Who Like to Move

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If you have a child who would rather be moving or talking than sitting and listening to an entire book, you aren't alone. Not all kids love sitting, but most kids love a good story. Below are a few interactive books with great story lines for those kids who might feel more engaged when participating.  

ABC3D by Marion Bataille. This book has been on my shelf for probably ten years and I use it every single year. I taught one particular student who struggled with reading, and getting through our sessions was tiring for him. Looking through this book always served as a fun reward. It's a design lover's dream, and can be given as a gift to either kids or adults. If your child loves this book, they might also enjoy Scanimation picture books, which includ actual moving illustrations. 


Herve Tullet books. The author, illustrator, and artist has a way of fully captivating kids with his fun books and use of bright primary colors. He's even come out with some board games to accompany the books, Press Here Game and ZaZaZoom! A Game of Imagination: Mix. Match. Connect. Play. 


Press Here by Herve Tullet. My kids can't get enough of this book at bedtime. It asks for the reader to interact with each page through a dialogue of fun activities that will have parents and kids laughing. 


Let's Play by Herve Tullet. A game of hide and seek within in a book. What a creative idea! This book does exactly that; it plays with the reader.


Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet This fun book teaches colors and perspectives on art while also engaging readers to participate in the process. 

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novack - "Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say." Both kids and parents love this one and Novack has recently come out with a new one, The Alphabet Book With No Pictures.


Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda. In this book, the author tells the classic story of the three little pigs with a twist. In this version the reader can huff and puff through a hole in the book, acting as the big bad wolf. The pages have short and sweet sentences which appeal to young readers and learners.  


Shhh! This Book is Sleeping by Cedric Ramadier, Illustrated by Vincent Bourgeau. A funny nighttime book, this creative story asks the reader to help put the book to bed. Make sure the book has finished all of the nighttime duties like brushing its teeth and going to the restroom.  


Please Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt. The monkeys in this story are trapped inside, What's happened while the book was shut? This very creative story line is a sequel to Warning, Do Not Open This Book.


Poke-A-Dot books by iKids. Just as fun as playing with bubble wrap, these books contain little raised buttons that kids can push. Designed for younger children, toddlers can explore colors, animals, and transportation all through fun interactive activities.

Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson. This book is charming and sentimental. Your child will touch a firefly and rub an owl's head as they say good night to the world and all its magical creatures. This is a super sweet one for nighttime and a personal favorite. Many are raving about the author's most recent book, Plant the Tiny Seed, which seems perfect for Spring. 


Now I'm Reading! Plays: by Nora Gaydos. These plays are the absolute best for brand new beginning readers and struggling readers. They are leveled and come with fun masks, though a little hard to track down. If you can find them they are worth the hunt. With classics, like Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk, children are typically familiar with the story line, which helps readers focus on the phonics and words rather than getting confused by the comprehension. 


Just remember, you aren't alone if your child doesn't want to sit down through an entire book, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will dislike books altogether. As always, feel free to email me if you have questions or need more specific suggestions.

Meaningful Bunny Books

While Peter Rabbit and Pat the Bunny will always be sweet classics, there are many new options out there today. If you are looking for ways to modernize your child's Easter basket and remind kids about the love of family and the importance of gratitude, check out these interesting and fun books for the season. 

Dear Bunny by Bianca Gomez. A story about friendship, this book is simple and very touching. A girl writes a letter to her bunny explaining what she loves most. This is a great book for parents who appreciate design and illustrations, as Gomez's prints also make beautiful additions to a child's room. I'm thinking of ordering this one or this one


Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo. Bunny enjoys yoga and its positive effects, though his friends are too busy and upset to participate. Bunny begins his yoga anyway and pretty soon all of his friends are participating and feeling happier. The book is a cute story that touches on self-care and mindset, while also teaching children actual yoga poses. 


Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by Zachariah OHora. In this book, the Bunny family takes in a baby wolf, who is left on their doorstep. Dot, the baby Bunny, is less than pleased with the family's newest member. Another great one for design lovers, OHora's illustrations have appeared in the New York Times and The Atlantic.


Love by Emma Dodd. A baby bunny and her parent experience love all around throughout the day by simply playing and being with one another. A sweet story that will appeal to a wide range of ages with short sentences and beautiful photos. This book is part of a touching series named Love You books. Wish and Forever are two of my favorites. 

Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr, Illustrated by Teagan White. With an Anthropologie, vintage feel to its illustrations, this story is a beautiful addition to any nursery. The book shows children in the sweetest way that their caregivers will always comfort them when they need it.

Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson. This story is a great lesson for parents and children. Rabbit loves his carrots so much and his greed starts to take a toll on him and his friendships. Through generosity, kindness, and gratitude, Rabbit starts to see the benefits of sharing and looking out for others. 

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. A very sweet story about the love of family. The story shows an adventurous bunny who imagines what it would be to be different. He wonders what it would feel like to be green, or tall or to fly like a butterfly and eventually sees that he has so much to enjoy just as himself.

I'll also be checking out Kevin Henkes's new book, Egg. With large sight words and lots of repetition, Egg is great for children to practice early and preliteracy skills. I hope you are able to find something here you enjoy sharing with your family. 

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10 Picture Books About Girls Who Changed the World


While March marks Women's History Month, I believe we all agree that there is much work to be done year-round on cultivating confidence in and opportunities for girls. Below are ten books about women who overcame obstacles at a young age and went on to make a big impact in the world.

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirt Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Clara Lemlich was a Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike for women’s labor rights. When no one in her union proposed dramatic action to gain attention, she started the movement herself. Markel writes, "The speakers, mostly men, want everyone to be careful. Two hours pass. No one recommends a general strike….So Clara does." 


Little Melba and her Big Trombone Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Melba Doretta Liston taught herself how to play the trombone at age seven. She went on to perform with many jazz legends like Duke Ellington and utilized her talents overcoming much misogyny, sexism and racism. 


Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Edel RodriguezThis book tells the story of Sonia Sotomayor's upbringing in the South Bronx. It shows that it doesn't matter where you start in life, and it emphasizes the importance of not only hard work, but encouragement from family and friends. Written in both English and Spanish, the book is inspiring and hopeful for children and adults. 


The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. At the age of nine, Audrey became the youngest child to be arrested during a civil rights protest in 1963. She confidently and bravely stood up for civil rights. 


Malala: Activists for Girls' Education by Raphaele Frier, Illustrated by Audrelia Fronty. When she was only fifteen years old, the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala for her activism. Yet, she was convicted to make change, acted courageously and continued fighting for the rights of young women. The book tells about Malala's life as a girl in Pakistan and how she first recognized her own inequalities. She continually refuses to accept norms and ultimately became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at age seventeen.


She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. Chelsea Clinton shows that what you do and what you say, even at a young age, truly matters. It takes one person to change the course of history, and that one person certainly doesn’t need to be a grown-up. Clinton highlights many activists in our country who have made a big impact, including Nellie Bly, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor.


Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. When Hillary was a young girl she traveled with her church youth group to see Martin Luther King Jr. speak. Listening to King’s speech, Clinton was moved in that moment to become an activist and to serve others. At only 21-years-old she gave a speech for her commencement at Wellesley College. She went off-script, speaking her mind, and Life Magazine featured her for the moving remarks. 

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, Illustrated by George Ford. Ruby was only six-years-old when she was selected by a judge to integrate a white school during desegregation in New Orleans in 1960. In order to enter school each day, she walked passed angry mobs and attended an empty school classroom. The book shows her strength and also her forgiveness, as Ruby would pray each day for the protesters. 


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, Illustrated by Elizabeth Braddeley. As a young girl, Ruth was encouraged to speak her mind. When Ruth met prejudices that stood in her way, she continued to reach for her goals. The book contains many rich vocabulary words, yet appeals to young readers through vivid illustrations.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by David Diaz. Wilma was born a small baby and was not expected to live beyond her first birthday. When she was five-years-old she came down with polio, which led to her left leg being paralyzed. Wilma was told she would not walk again. Yet, she learned to run and became a three-time Olympic gold medal winner. Highly regarded, Wilma used her platform to propel civil rights agendas.

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5 Lighthearted Picture Books for President's Day

If you're in need of some laughter this weekend, below are a few unexpected President's Day books.

Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak and Brad Montague - We can all use a little more happiness in the news and Kid President seems to be the best at spreading love. The book has lots of little tips on ways to be kind and have fun like sharing hugs and learning new handshakes. 



President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Bernett and Chris Van Dusen - From the author of Mercy Watson and the illustrator of Extra Yarn, this book is an all around winner. It's incredibly funny for kids and adults and has repetition, rhyming words and lots of opportunities to teach new vocabulary. 


George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara - In a story about George Washington's seventh birthday, kids will learn the myths and facts of the first United States President. The book begins on the morning of George's birthday and gives humorous insight into the president being a typical child who must go to school and occasionally gets in trouble. 

Splat the Cat for President by Rob Scotton - When kids like a book this much, I don't ask questions– I just make sure I have all of them on my bookshelf. If you have a reluctant reader, you might want to give this series a try. The book also comes in handy when teaching the short /a/ sound. 


Lincoln Tells A Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer - A clever perspective on history, this book is both lighthearted and informative. It can be used to show children how humor can help during difficult times in life. 

If you are looking for at least one serious book on the subject, you can't go wrong with Maira Kalman's new book, Looking at Lincoln. I recently featured two of her brilliant books on the ABC book list. Her beautiful images accompany an engaging story as a girl sets out to learn about Abraham Lincoln. She discovers both the serious, deep truths about him as well as his simple pleasures in life. 

Do you have interesting books for President's Day?

5 Picture Books About the Statue of Liberty

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I lived in New York for twelve years and never once visited the Statue of Liberty. I rode past it several times on the ferry but never actually toured the statue. I’d like to think that makes me a true New Yorker, although now I just genuinely regret not going.

These books are both sentimental and informative for children on patriotism, freedom and immigration. 

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Her Right Foot: by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris. This beautiful picture book tells a difficult story in a fun and engaging manner. The nonfiction book is great for kids and can spur lots of thoughtprovoking conversations and can also act as a beautiful coffee table book.


Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This book is a must for children with young families. It’s simple. It has few words and yet a strong and powerful message of unity. 


We Came to America By Faith Ringgold – This book is probably my favorite on the list. It’s straight to the point and doesn’t avoid the heaviness of the topic. Short and beautifully illustrated, the author of ‘Tar Beach’ uses bright, bold, captivating images to display diversity and freedom that makes up America. I can see this being very useful for first introducing immigration to young children.


Anna & Solomon by Elaine Snyder – This is a very touching and sweet love story of sacrifice and family. Solomon goes to America alone and leaves Anna behind. He works hard to send her money so that she may join him, yet, Anna sends all of her family members before her until finally the two are reunited to create a beautiful life in Brooklyn.


Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser – Emma Lazarus was a wealthy Jewish New Yorker, who recognized her privilege when she witnessed poor immigrants in the harbor. She wrote a poem from the perspective of Lady Liberty welcoming the immigrants. Her words were so moving that they are now displayed within the statue. This book is illustrated with detailed paintings that look like prints you would see in a museum.


Her Right Foot: by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris. This beautiful picture book tells a difficult story in a fun and engaging manner. The nonfiction book is great for kids and can spur lots of thoughtprovoking conversations and can also act as a beautiful coffee table book.


Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This book is a must for children with young families. It’s simple. It has few words and yet a strong and powerful message of unity. 



Do you have any books that help you introduce liberty?