15 Best Interactive Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Is your baby bored with books? Too busy for story time? These interactive books will solve that problem! They also make the perfect baby shower or birthday gift!


“Read to your baby!” they said. “Babies love books!” they said. But what if your baby is bored with books? Too busy to sit still for story time?
My babies were like that. They were constantly on the move. My daughter will only sit still for a story when she is tired. She’s way too busy getting into mischief most of the time.
But interactive books? Well, that’s a different story! (Pun intended, ha!) Lift-the-flap, touch and feel, poke-a-dot, and books with sound are big hits with her.
Since we want to instill a love for reading in our daughter, we have accumulated quite the collection of interactive books.
Whether you’re looking for a baby shower gift, birthday gift, or just looking to add to your child’s personal library, these best interactive books for babies and toddlers are my personal faves. I hope your baby loves them as much as we do!


Touch and Feel Books for babies and toddlers

Playful Puppy, a Touch & Feel Adventure

Not only is this a cute story with a super-cute and fuzzy puppy to pet, but it’s also high quality. This book was given to me as a gift when I was pregnant with my first baby, nine years ago. All three of my kids have LOVED this book and it is still in great shape.

Furry Kittens

My youngest is obsessed with cats. Obsessed. We got this book for her first birthday and she immediately fell in love. I really like that it has many different textures for baby to feel.

Curious George at the Zoo

Monkeys, pandas, and penguins, oh my! If your kid is a Curious George fan, this one’s a no-brainer.

Touch and Feel Dinosaur

It’s never too early to learn about dinosaurs! The pictures in this book are fantastic and look so realistic!

Lift the Flap Books for babies and toddlers

Where’s Spot?

This was my son’s absolute favorite book ever. He LOVED lifting the flaps so much. I’m pretty sure I have this entire story memorized, ha!


Dear Zoo

Der Zoo was one of my favorite books as a kid. I just HAD to have a copy for my kids, too. Thankfully, they love it as much as I do.


Where is Baby’s Belly Button?

My youngest daughter received a copy of this book for her first birthday. She seriously can’t get enough!


Sophie the Giraffe Hide and Seek

Who doesn’t love Sophie? This book is small enough to toss in the diaper bag for on-the-go entertainment. Yet thick and sturdy to withstand lots of “love.”

Books with sound for babies and toddlers

Simple First Words Let’s Talk

My two youngest have both loved this book. I love that it teaches vocabulary. Win-win!

Discovery Kids Crash! Bang! Noisy Building Site

Got a kid who loves trucks? This is a must-have. Plus it has TEN sounds.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?

My kids are huge Eric Carle fans. This book is another home run with a cute storyline and fun buttons to press.


Little Friends Sound Book: Numbers

The animal characters in this book are so adorable. Your little one will love learning numbers with these little friends.

Poke-a-Dot! Books for babies and toddlers

I first discovered Poke-a-Dot! books at our local bookstore. I immediately fell in love, and my kids loved them too.

These books have clear dots on each page that make a POP sound when you press them. These little dots are as addictive as bubble wrap!

Here are a few of my faves:

Poke-a-Dot! Old MacDonald’s Farm


Poke-a-Dot! The Wheels on the Bus Wild Safari
Poke-a-Dot! Goodnight Animals


What book would you add to this list?

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