Let’s Get Physical: Books to Get Up and Go! #warw

Say it Rah-shay By Feb 10, 2016 2 Comments

Reading aloud has never really been a passive activity for my family. My mom would read fairy tales and have my sister and me act them out. When The Bee was younger, she would cuddle in my arms and help me flesh out the characters for a story we made up featuring a talking mouse and naughty children followed by us acting the talking mouse’s eccentric ways. In my role at my library, I look at storytimes as more of a participation based performance as opposed to me reading words on a page.

Some of my favorite picture books are not ones which follow the traditional story but ones which break the fourth wall, as it were, and compels readers and listeners to follow some instructions and actively participate  . Today I was excited to check out a new book called, Help! the Wolf Is Coming! by Cedric Ramadier, illustrated by Vincent Bourgeau. A wolf is coming and the reader is given directions on each page in order to make that wolf go away.

This book is adorable. The art work is  minimalistic, relying on spare art and a handful of colors to tell this story. The font is cursive which makes the book seem more of a personal message to the reader. Also, this book is fun. Chasing a scary wolf away is made easy with this read.

Help! the Wolf Is Coming!

More Interactive Picture Books to share

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The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak.

This book has no pictures but silly words and a sweet message to children makes this books a hit.


The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone.
Monsters always get a bad rap…even from fellow monsters! This book proves that sometimes that thing we think we’re afraid of may not be so bad!

Bonus: Here is a Storytube from the library of me reading this one!


Press Here by Herve Tullet
This books combines following instructions and listening for readers to create a wonderful surprise.

Don’t Push the Button! (Read Along)  by Bill Cotter

Simple illustrations, silly results and so much fun!

Tap the Magic Tree by Chris Matheson

A great book to highlight the magic of seasons changing.


Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Actually, I could have done a whole post on Jan Thomas. Her books are fun, the illustrations pop off of the page and this book is perfect for getting kids up and moving.

It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle is another favorite! Imagine trying to read a story only to have you flow interrupted by a pesky tiger! Get up and move to get rid of this scary tiger!


Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley

Once again storytime is interrupted by a meddling animal! Quick thinking helps get rid of this this crocodile. I shared this with one of my groups today and they had a ball! They wanted to read this one over and over!


Tap to Play! by Salina Yoon

Blip needs your help winning his game and getting a surprise! This is not my favorite but it is fun for the video game lovers.

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Ah Elephant and Piggie! How can you get readers to say silly words? So much fun!


Bonus: Here is the video we did at the library for this book:


I feel like I may have missed a few. Tell me. What interactive books are your favorites?


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  1. Anitra Durand Allen says:

    The Monster at the End of This Book was one of my FAVORITE books as a child! I still love it to this day and will have to add it to my girls collection.

  2. Rhonda says:

    We love “the wide mouthed frog” it’s a pop-up book. It’s really cute and interactive.

    We haven’t read most of the books you mentioned above . We’ll have to get these… Thanks for the recommendations.

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