The best interactive books for toddlers

The Books I Picked & Why

Tuck Me In!

By Dean Hacohen, Sherry Scharschmidt

Tuck Me In!

Why this book?

In this interactive picture book, every other page is cut to look like a blanket. My kids love tucking in each animal by turning the page. This simple, gentle bedtime book also features repeated lines, so kids can join in the reading. “Who else needs to be tucked in?” / “I do!” It’s a wonderful way to get toddlers engaged in the story (but not in a rambunctious way) before settling into bed. 


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Polar Bear's Underwear

By Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear's Underwear

Why this book?

This funny picture book with underwear-shaped holes follows Polar Bear and his friend Mouse as they look for Polar Bear’s underwear. Readers see a peek of the underwear on the next page and have to guess whose underwear they could be. The guessing game aspect of the book plus the topic of underwear make this a really fun read for toddlers. I also love the surprise ending which will have you examining the illustrations throughout the book again. You can also use this book to encourage potty training because it celebrates all kinds of fun underwear.   


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Munch!: Mini Board Book

By Matthew Van Fleet

Munch!: Mini Board Book

Why this book?

Toddlers will adore this fun novelty board book about animal mouths and chewing. My kids enjoy using the large, sturdy pull tabs to make the animals chomp and nibble. With fun rhymes and a slew of really expressive animal characters, this book, along with the other two board books in the series, Sniff! and Lick!, have become favorites in our household.


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Find Fergus

By Mike Boldt

Find Fergus

Why this book?

Poor Fergus is no good at hiding. In this funny seek-and-find book, Fergus, a big brown bear with glasses, gets tips from the narrator on how to get better at hiding. As the story goes on, Fergus starts to blend in better with the crowds, and it gets trickier and trickier to spot him. It’s a great read-aloud, and kids will find it hilarious how bad he is at hiding at first. But they’ll need to use their eagle eyes when all the fun characters from the book come together in a big crowd at the end.


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Bunny Slopes

By Claudia Rueda

Bunny Slopes

Why this book?

This book encourages readers to turn, flip, and shake this book to help a bunny ski down a hill. Toddlers will love being able to “control” what happens in the story as the bunny gets covered in snow, crashes in a tree, and falls into a hole. There’s even an actual hole in the pages to match the hole in the illustrations. It’s a fun, interactive book sure to become a storytime favorite.


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