What makes for a great children’s book? It has to be fun. Kids aren’t going to read something if it isn’t fun. It’s got to be engaging. A good book will keep a child’s attention for a long time. But really good books take it a step further. Some of the best children’s books are also interactive. They include some extra component that kids love to move and manipulate.
Publishers began learning this lesson years ago when they created flap books and pop-up books. They’re fun and kids love them, but what if a book could give you X-ray vision? What if a book let your kiddo tap into their inner superhero and see beyond scales and fur and into an animal’s body?
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Silver Dolphin Books has introduced a brand new series that lets kids do just that. Their new Scanorama series of books deliver tons of information and interactivity on nearly every page. [Don’t miss the opportunity to win your own copy at the end of this post.]
About Silver Dolphin Scanorama Series
For nearly 20 years, Silver Dolphin Books has published award-winning activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Recently they released a new series of books called Scanorama. These books take an inside look at some of the most incredible creatures ever to roam the earth with interactive X-ray scanners. Every spread is filled with colorful photos and illustrations and each book is loaded with facts and information young readers will devour.
Three Reasons to Love Scanorama Interactive Books
- Engages reluctant readers: Our oldest is a born reader, but our younger son has not taken to books so naturally. However, we can get him to sit still for a book that allows him to be an active participant in the reading. The books in the Scanorama series offer the perfect opportunity to hold my youngest son’s attention by allowing him to reveal the facts behind the flaps and slide the X-ray scanner over the animals. Plus the writing is short and all the pictures are big and colorful.
- Teaches new creature facts: Nearly every spread introduces a creature I’m sure you’ve never heard of. Ever heard of an wetapunga? Neither have I and I hope I never cross paths with one. It’s basically a giant cricket that’s half a foot long and too heavy to fly. What about a axolotl? You know, the amphibious half-tadpole half-space alien that can grow back lost limbs and even rebuild it’s brain if it gets damaged. This is the kind of stuff fact junkies in your family will love. I’m telling you, there are some strange animals out there and this book will open your kiddos’ eyes to a whole new world of them.
- Reveals what’s inside: The feature that sets the Scanorama series apart is the X-ray scanners throughout the book. Ever wonder what’s inside a tortoise’s shell? Check out the scanner on page 21. You’ll be surprised to learn it’s mostly full of intestines which break down it’s food very slowly. Here’s another fun fact. Elephants don’t have any bones in their trunks. It’s all muscle in there. Check out page 13 to see for yourself.
The Bottom Line
These books would make a fun addition to any child’s bookshelf. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a young reader in your life you can choose from Scanorama: Amazing Animals, Scanorama: Deadly Predators, and Scanorama: Dinosaurs. We’re including ours in with our homeschool science lessons when we talk about animal life. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Scanorama book made the cut for road trip reading as well.
Win a Scanorama Book
Silver Dolphin Books is giving away 10 Scanorama books. The winners will pick from Scanorama: Amazing Animals, Scanorama: Deadly Predators, or Scanorama: Dinosaurs. Shipped to US and Canadian addresses only! Use the form below to enter.
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