Bookbug Detective: Interactive Books for Little Ones
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My little boy (aged 1) loves interactive books, especially lift the flap ones, but he keeps damaging them, to the point that I'm reluctant to buy any more or borrow them from the library. Can you suggest some more robust interactive books?
It can be quite frustrating when your child damages books, but I would like to stress that it's completely normal. In fact, I would say that a pristine children’s book isn't quite right, as it suggests it hasn't been read and loved. Don't feel embarrassed taking damaged books back to the library – librarians are very understanding about this and there are no fines on children’s books. They’re expected to have a shorter shelf life than adult books.
That being said, there are some excellent interactive books for little ones that will stand up to tearing and chewing, some of which I’ve suggested below:
- There’s a Panda in my Picnic by Jo Lodge: this colourful series features a fun sliding mechanism that's super sturdy. A great alternative to lift the flap.
- Calm Down, Boris by Sam Lloyd: part book, part hand puppet, there’s loads of opportunity for interaction in this funny story.
- Going Places (Little Drivers) by Dan Crisp: comes with a strong card figure which can be popped into a variety of public transport vehicles. Lots of fun!
- Noisy Orchestra by Sam Taplin: I won’t lie – noisy books can be pretty annoying! But this one is really lovely. It introduces the four different music sections of an orchestra in a way that’s engaging for young children.
- I'm a Robot by Sebastian Braun: a sturdy board book with peep holes for children (and adults) to pretend to be different characters. Really simple yet effective, and hilarious.
- Wee Gallery Board Books: Safari by Surya Sajnani: another wonderful series of slide and play books which are perfect for little fingers. A great way to encourage fun and interactive learning.