Declan is extremely active these days, only stopping moving for naps and bedtime, so it stands to reason that his preference in books is interactive right now too! His current top pick, and a book he’s had me read to him 3 times today, is actually a sample from my days as a children’s book sales rep:
I’ll be honest and tell you that I had a hard time selling this book because I thought it was just too, well, simple! Bosco’s Busy Morning, by Chuck Murphy, has cast a spell over Declan, primarily because of the many pop-ups, lift-a-flaps and pull-tabs it has. There’s some text, but it’s really nothing to talk about because it’s the paper construction that makes this a hit:
This touch-and-feel is a close second with Declan, again, another sample:
The little pink book, by Renee Khatami, was one that I did enjoy selling, and Declan enjoys interacting with. His favorite spread? One featuring a pig with a little tuft of faux fur that he’s reached to pet since he was 5-6 months old — it never gets old!
As you can guess, the book features items that are pink: piglets, seashells, a rose, etc. I liked this one because the text has a gentle rhyme scheme that guides you through, and a lot of different textures for little hands to feel.
This last pick is my personal favorite, because I love the design:
Dwell Studio’s Touch & Feel FARM is aesthetically pleasing for me, but Declan can take it or leave it. I really like the simple text, soft color palette and clean lines of the illustrations — obviously created with a mind for graphic design. The book contains a great variety of textures in large, easy to find areas in the spreads, so I would definitely recommend this one as a starter book for babies.
What are your favorite Lift-a-flap, touch-and-feel, pull-tab and pop-up books? I’d love to find some more fun interactive titles to add to our library!
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