As a parent, you know better than most that one of the hardest lessons for a kid to learn is to sit still. Your inquisitive and energetic child might always be looking for something to do, and you want to channel that energy into something that will fuel their minds (something that doesn’t involve screens).
Enter the world of interactive books: the perfect hybrid between reading and doing, where your child can draw, play, and sticker their way into the reading world.
For your wonderfully rambunctious second-grade, third-grade, or fourth-grade reader, we’ve ranked the best interactive books of 2020. Read on to discover the top five interactive books to distract, delight, and engage your 7-9 year old.
For the History Buff:
Maze Quest History: Travel Through Time!
If your child has ever imagined coming face-to-face with a minotaur, meeting a mummy in ancient Egypt, or sailing with pirates in the Caribbean, our #1 interactive book of 2020 will be right up their alley.
Part maze activity, part storybook, Maze Quest tells the story of George and his puppy companion, Milly. During a visit to the Natural History Museum, they’re sent back in time with no way home! As your child completes and connects each maze, they get to experience history and send our protagonists back to the present.
Your child can lead a horse-drawn chariot, ride a rocket, and spend hours lost in the swirling mazes within these pages.
For the Prankster at Heart:
Laugh-Out-Loud Ultimate Jokes for Kids
This book, which holds the #2 spot on our list of best activity books of 2020, is jam-packed with jokes, puzzles, and goofy games. Plus, once your child starts reading, they’ll test out their newfound knee-slappers on everyone around them.
This book is a 2-in-1 collectible copy, combining Laugh-Out-Loud Awesome Jokes for Kids and Laugh-Out-Loud Road Trip Jokes for Kids into one side-splitting book. Rob Elliott includes tried-and-true jokes (think chickens crossing roads) with brand-new iterations, making this book a classic foundation for any jokester.
Whether you’re trying to channel the constant pranking into a reading activity, or just love to listen to your kid laugh, this book is a hilarious must-have for every household.
For the Nature Lover:
National Parks of the USA
This lush, inviting book is like a gentle tour guide through the National Parks of our country (without the camping, mosquito bites, and miles upon miles of travel).
National Parks of the U.S.A. stuns with glossy, realistic illustrations of these living landscapes. But they’re not just pretty to look at—your child will learn bite-sized facts as they witness wonderful creatures and stunning landscapes. This book includes a crossword of predators, a bird word search, spot-the-difference games with insects, and so much more. After all, the US has over 423 national park sites, so there’s a lot to see!
Did we mention the book comes with a pull-out poster map of all the national parks, and 50 stickers? Just like the rolling landscapes of our parks, this book feels like it will never run out of fun.
For the Awesome Artist:
Doodle Adventures: The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat!
Has your child ever wanted to star in a book they were reading? Well, here’s their chance! This book goes beyond second-person storytelling and pulls your child into its zany world.
Doodle Adventures: The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat makes reading fun and interactive, working like a wacky game of Mad Libs, where your child can draw themselves into the story and all of its absurd adventures. They’ll complete prompts, doodles, and puzzles as they wind their way through their story.
Your child’s drawings make each copy of this book completely unique to the reader—it’s no wonder this is one of the best books for 7-year-olds who want to see themselves in extraordinary adventures!
For the Up-and-Coming Chemist:
STEM Starters for Kids: Science Activity Book
Has your child always been more hands-on, learning better from doing than from listening? Are they always asking how and why the world works the way it does? You may have a mini scientist in your midst.
STEM Starters for Kids: Science Activity Book won’t just keep their hands busy—it’ll keep their brain entertained for hours on end.
They’ll race through a maze to make steam, draw sound waves, learn about light with shadow puppets, and more.
At Literati, this sensational multi-sensory book gets top marks as one of the best books for 9-year-olds! Get ready for your child to have a reading experience that’s equal parts silly and scholarly.
Interactive Books for Ever-Learning Minds
With interactive books, the story comes to you. Your child suddenly has a say in what was once just words on a page. They’re invited to dive deeply into the prose and illustrations, and leave their mark along the way.
Literati is one more way to bring the story to your child—literally! With our Literati Kids book box subscription, you’re never more than a month away from five shiny new books on your doorstep. Your child gets to explore each one before deciding what to keep. Plus, collect themed art and personalized stickers along the way!
A subscription book club for kids gets them excited about the amazing world of literature. Keep your child reading, active, and ever-learning with Literati Kids.