I’m just going to admit it here, before I tell you anything else:
I have no business adding another dinosaur book to our collection.
My boys have collected enough dinosaur titles to create their very own dino-library. From Dinosaurumpus to Jane Yolen’s dino-series, to countless nonfiction dinosaur guides, we’ve read them all.
I have a soft spot for interactive books, especially interactive nonfiction books. I’m always looking for ways to nurture a love of nonfiction in my children, and I’ve learned that interactive books always keep my children engaged and learning.
So when offered the chance to review Silver Dolphin’s new Scanorama series, I couldn’t resist. Today, I’m going to tell you why I added this dinosaur book to our collection.
Scanorama Dinosaurs: Interactive Books Ignite Curiosity
*Disclosure: I received Dinosaur Scanorama at no cost and was compensated for my time to write this post. I was not required to write a positive review and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy.
Using interactive children’s books to ignite an early love of nonfiction
Much of what we read to children in the early years is fiction, from bedtime stories to fairy tales, to lullabies. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important to remember that reading nonfiction is a life skill.
Throughout your child’s life, he will encounter a wealth of nonfiction and so it is important to teach your child how to read and interpret nonfiction. Nonfiction helps us to learn facts, analyze data, complete assignments and tasks, take exams, spark curiosity, and learn about the world around us.
One way to encourage an early appreciation for nonfiction is to follow your child’s lead and select books on topics your child is currently passionate about.
And that is why I jumped at the chance to review Silver Dolphin Books’ Scanorama series. Silver Dolphin has published a number of titles we adore, and my kids love interactive books!
Interactive books are a wonderful way to engage your children and ignite an early love of nonfiction because your child will literally interact with the subject matter.
Scanorama Dinosaurs and the Scanorama series by Silver Dolphin Books
Scanorama: Dinosaurs is an engaging look into the world of dinosaurs and to say that my boys love the book would be a gigantic understatement. My boys devoured it!
This book arrived on our doorstep a couple months ago and it was an instant favorite. If you’ve been following our weekly homeschool wrap-ups, you’ve probably noticed this book pop up again and again.
This series goes beyond the traditional lift-a-flaps by including unique scanning pages, giving your child an x-ray view of each dinosaur!
Here is my oldest, explaining the book:
They couldn’t get enough of the x-ray views in this book!
Scanorama: Dinosaurs is one of three books in the Scanorama series. Here are the other two titles:
- Scanorama: Amazing Animals
- Scanorama: Deadly Predators
Here’s a video to give you a glimpse of Scanorama: Amazing Animals:
I love when I find quality nonfiction books that focus on my children’s current interests. Clearly, our dinosaur obsession is a strong one; we have been reading dino books for years. And while I have no business adding another to our collection, I am thankful for this one. It has been a wonderful addition to our nonfiction library and has inspired heaps of learning over here!
Guess what? Silver Dolphin Books is having a giveaway…
Ten lucky winners will get their choice of Scanorama book (USA or Canadian addresses only). You can enter here:
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do your children love interactive books, too? How do you encourage a love of nonfiction? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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