Make storytime a hands-on affair with books that encourage wee ones to get in on the action.
Beyond colors and shapes, this board book teaches kiddos to use their imagination to transform a simple red triangle into a steaming volcano. Gibbs Smith, $9
With an interactive recipe, readers can mix ingredients, knead dough, spread sauce and more! (Perfect for tiny chefs who want to help in the kitchen.) Phaidon Press, $15
Sense of place
Early explorers will delight in a chance to get a feel for their favorite safari animals with fun flaps and touchable textures on every page. Twirl Books, $15
Tots will get a kick out of correcting the narrator of this mixed-up tale who insists that cars are bikes and boxes are balls. Little, Brown & Company Books for Young Readers, $15
Uncover how itty-bitty seeds grow into gorgeous blooms, and give them a helping hand—by wiggling fingers and clapping—along the way. Greenwillow Books, $16