A picture book with no pictures might sound like the total bore, but believe me, it will have you and your audience laughing to tears. The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak (also known as Ryan the Temp from popular sitcom The Office) tricks the reader into speaking in silly voices and saying some very embarrassing things. It is the perfect example of a very successful movement in picture books: interactivity.
Surely influenced by the ever growing world of apps and online games, the picture book publishing industry has seen an influx of books that ask readers to actively participate in the story. Press here. Say this. Look out for lions!
Kids of all ages love them… even grown-ups. The public library should have plenty of interactive picture books for you to try:
Books to Talk To
For books like The Book With No Pictures, which draw the reader in with outrageous instructions, try one of these:
- Warning Do Not Open This Book
- Press Here
- Help! We Need a Title!
- Big Bad Bubble
- I Dare You Not To Yawn
Books to Explore
Looking for books with beautiful illustrations, flaps to open, and secrets to discover? Try one of these:
- Try Open This Little Book
- There Are Cats In This Book
- Flora and the Flamingo
- And Two Boys Booed (by the author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)
Books to Play
For books that involve games, try classic visual puzzles like the I Spy series, optical illusion books like Invisible, or the unique wordless adventure, Welcome to Mamoko, which can be read dozens of times with different results.If you really want an interactive picture book experience, try one of your library’s fantastic online resources, such as Tumble Books, which include clickable, readable, and playable story books!
Who says picture books are just for kids?! What are your favourite interactive picture books?
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