At the West Branch storytime, we like songs, movement, and stories, and we particularly like interactive books. (Note: some people use the term interactive books to refer to books on a tablet or another electronic version of a book. Here, we use it to refer to books that ask the reader questions, give the reader prompts, or otherwise engage the reader in the story.)
Interactive books have many benefits, including encouraging the reader to be part of the story, and showing children the connection between the written word, the spoken word, and their actions. These benefits build early literacy and language skills and help instill a love of reading. Best of all, kids’ reactions to interactive book are priceless (and grownups reactions are pretty great, too!).
Here are some of our favorite interactive books:
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Readers tap the tree to make blossoms, fruit, and falling leaves. Fun with seasons!
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Originally published in France, Press Here became an instant classic when it arrived in the US in 2011. Kids gasp with astonishment as dots multiply, change color, and grow larger and smaller.
Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda
What’s that red ribbon in the middle of the book? It’s Bunny’s scarf! Readers move the scarf to help Bunny pick apples, cross bridges, and climb a tree.
Shake the Tree! By Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti, and Silvia Borando
Readers help Mouse shake the tree to get a tasty nut. But wait: something else falls from the tree! What happens next?
This is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton
Kids have never laughed this hard. That’s all to say about this book!
While the West Branch is closed for renovation, Storytime meets on Tuesdays at 11:00 at the Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. Come join us!