Howard Eisenberg writes books for a wide age range of children. They are interactive and so much fun for kids!
How it works: each book, regardless of the age it is written for, is mostly complete but with strategically placed blanks. Allowing the kids to either finish the books or make guesses along the way, keeps them more engaged than a regular book. This format gives kids a sense of responsibility and accomplishment when they help the writer complete the story!
Guess Who Zoo is geared towards our younger readers. It takes us through a story of a monkey stealing the zookeepers keys and setting all of the animals free. Oh no! Each page gives clues as to which animal is being referenced and allows kids to make guesses about which animal was set free on each page! This introduces our little readers to problem solving skills and helps them learn more about animals. There is a blank line on each page for them to write their guess. Depending on age, they can practice their handwriting or it can be filled in by mom or dad.
The Dinosaur in the Elevator is for a slightly older group of child reader. This book takes us through an adventure with Abby and Robbie and their chance encounter with a T-Rex. It is the responsibility of the reader to write a new ending to the book! Because this book has empty pages at the end rather than just blanks along the way, this book will lend itself better to an older crowd of children. The author even challenges his new co-authors to send their new endings to his email for review! What a cool feeling for young readers and aspiring authors to know that their work will be read by an accomplished author!
I am a big believer in sharing books with kids from a very young age. I think that it plays a crucial role in their development. These books really stand out to me because of the level of engagement that they require. Kids love to read and be read to but when they can feel personally involved in the story, that brings it to a whole new level for them! I absolutely love this concept and books by Howard Eisenberg.
Howard’s books can be bought from several popular retailers!
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