Has anyone else noticed the trend to make books more like apps? Just today, I read another one. COUNT THE MONKEYS by Mac Barnett made me feel like I was reading a book app. This is not a bad thing, in fact, I rather enjoy the active instructions. For example, you are asked to turn the page slowly, raise your hand, move your hand in a zigzag, etc. The book does not actually DO anything, it is the reader that is doing the actions. And the actions will be great fun in storytime.
TAP THE MAGIC TREE by Christie Matheson is coming out in August. This one really reminds me of an app, especially since the reader is asked to tap, pat, knock, shake, and rub the tree. Again, lots of fun for storytime. I will be really surprised if these books don’t get their own apps. It only seems natural and easy.
One of my favourite app-like books is PRESS HERE by Herve Tullet. This one does have its own app, and it is almost as much fun as the book. I love that Tullet has so many active books — just about every one of his books are almost toy-like in their interactive design.
Other books that remind me of apps are: TUCK ME IN by Dean Hacohen, THERE ARE CATS IN THIS BOOK by Viviane Schwarz, and TANKA TANKA SKUNK, by Steve Webb.
How about you? Have you found any app-like books you love to use in storytime?