It is possible to read The Cat In The Hat from cover to cover without ever activating anything above your thalamus, but not as much fun. Still, I get it: doing all the voices can be exhausting. Enter: interactive children's books that make your kid do a lot of the work.
These books beg you and your tot to wiggle, slap the pages, shake the book, choose an ending, and create their own creatures. These aren't mere lift-the-flap books (although those are still great!) These are the interactive books of your dreams. They'll happily compete with the TV. If your child enjoys calling out the Super Letters in Super Why or jogging along with Bo On The Go, if they beg for just 10 more minutes of Minecraft, whip out a book by Henré Tullet and go to town, and remind them just how fun reading can be. The End. (BONK) (I didn't want to say that.)
Parenting hack: save a book or two like these for those times when you are sitting in a nice restaurant or a crowded waiting room with your wiggly kids, begging them to stop screeching or poking each other — this way they can poke and cajole a book instead.
1. 'Let's Bake A Cake' by Anne-Sophie Baumann, illustrated by Helene Convert
2. 'I Have An Idea' by Hervé Tulle
3. 'Abner And Ian Get Right-Side Up' by Dave Eggars, illustrated by Laura Park
4. 'High Five' by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
From the author and illustrator of Dragons Love Tacos, your child gets to enter a high five tournament. Kids will have a lot of fun high-fiving the various contestants within the pages. You'll definitely get requests to read this one over and over, and many many hand slaps in the hours in between.
5. 'Dinnertime' by Jan Pienkowski
6. 'Make Me A Monster' by Mark Rogalski
7. 'All Aboard! The Airport Train' by Nichole Mara, illustrated by Andrew Kolb
8. 'Meanwhile' by Jason Shiga
9. 'Chapter Two Is Missing' by Josh Lieb, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
10. 'The Book with No Pictures' by B.J. Novak
This book has NO PICTURES. Only words. And whoever is reading the words has to do WHATEVER THOSE WORDS SAY. Right?
Put yourself at the mercy of the tot forcing you to read this sneaky book, and try not to crack up when you have to read something super silly, just keep a straight face and a cool temperature as you read about a hippo named BOO BOO BUTT.