Best Touch And Feel Books For Babies, According To Moms

Awaken Your Baby’s Senses With These 15 Touch And Feel Books

January 6, 2020 Updated November 23, 2020

Best Baby Touch Feel Books

As a mom, naturally, your first instinct is to tell your kids “don’t touch!” But that’s where these touch and feel books swoop in to save the day… ‘cuz those are definitely not off-limits. Let’s face it: The thing about babies/toddlers/preschoolers is that they like to touch everything. Your freshly painted walls, the perfectly arranged displays of produce at the supermarket (cleanup on aisle five, anyone?), the list goes on. Encourage interaction without causing a $h!tshow with a slew of touch and feel books that require babies to utilize all five senses. You’ll find everything from touchable elements to pull-out tabs and even fun scratch-and-sniff panels. Not only will you instill an early love for reading, but your child will develop valuable motor skills in the process.

Keep scrolling for 15 sensory books for babies that deserve a spot on your bookshelf in 2020. Whether you’re reading before bed or during playtime, these colorful picture books and puppet books (get on it, busy mamas!) are guaranteed to be a hit. With the holiday season coming up, we strongly recommend snatching a few of these up as gifts. Once you’ve hunkered down for the long winter ahead, trust us, you’ll be glad to have something to occupy your littles’ attention during your weekly Zoom meetings. 

Merry Christmas (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)

‘Tis the season to celebrate all things merry and bright. As you count down the days until baby’s first Christmas, usher in a series of surprises. From an appearance from Santa to starry snowflakes and maybe a reindeer (or two), this touch and feel book is chock-full of ho-ho-holiday fun. One Amazon customer shares, I love these books… Because my son loves them! Very simple but great for learning. This Christmas one is cute and bright and came very quickly in the mail. Giving as a gift to my 10 month old nephew.”

$4.95 AT AMAZON



Never Touch a Polar Bear Board Book

While polar bears are normally ferocious creatures, here’s one instance when it’s okay to touch! Complete with silicone touch-and-feel features, this bright and vibrant board book is guaranteed to be a hit with children of all ages. Silly rhymes will make this fun to read out loud around the fire or before bedtime. Says one mama, These books are ADORABLE! My 1 year old loves petting the animals even though the book clearly states to NEVER touch! 🙂 The textures are interesting for little hands to explore and the colors are bright and eye catching. The rhymes are short and cute. The books are sturdy enough for him to carry everywhere and still be in decent shape. I’ve given these as gifts to friends/family with babies and every single one of them have loved them. I have bought 3 of these books and will be purchasing the others too.”

$9.99 AT AMAZON

Fun Fall Day: A Touch and Feel Board Book

Lean into everyone’s favorite season (okay, we may be a tad biased) with a variety of textures. Start by touching a pumpkin and then shuffle through some leaves (crunch, crunch!). Next, head over to the harvest fair to sample fresh donuts, artisan breads, and apple pie. Get lost in the corn maze, maybe?! This parent says to bring on the festive fun for baby: “I love reading this book to my baby girl. She enjoys it and I plan on bringing it out every Fall. I love the flow of the words, the illustrations and the festive concepts. The touch-and-feel aspect is a lot of fun for us too.”

$9.99 AT AMAZON

See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book

Lean into toddlerhood with this sensory board book that encourages playful interaction. With prompts like, “feel the snail’s smooth shell,” “touch your fingers to the raindrops,” and “tap the drums,” your little one will never grow bored. There’s even a shiny mirror for them to look into! See, Touch, Feel is chock-full of colorful pictures that will make any baby giddy with excitement and eager to learn. 

$10.78 AT AMAZON



Little Giraffe: Finger Puppet Book

Allow Mr. Giraffe to kick off storytime with this interactive finger puppet book recommended for preschoolers. Your toddler will get a kick out of being able to “feel” the puppet. Note to mamas: Whip this bad boy out when you’re in the middle of cooking dinner or in the car (i.e. the commute home during effing rush hour).

$7 AT AMAZON

Good Night, Curious George Padded Board Book

He’s quick! He’s curious! He’s a li’l monkey by the name of George. As if you needed any more convincing, this touch ‘n’ feel board book—chock-full of cute illustrations and touchable textures—is the quintessential bedtime read. The plot follows George as he unwinds for bed through a variety of tasks (including but not limited to putting on his striped jammies).

$10 AT AMAZON

Tails

This delightfully interactive book examining different types of animal tails from Matthew Van Fleet has it all. Textures to touch, pull tabs, and even a scratch-and-sniff (oh, baby!). Andrea V on Amazon raves that it’s her son’s most-loved book. “The interaction with the wagging of the tails throughout the book and the sensory components—bumpy, stringy, scaly tails—are a joy!”

$11 AT AMAZON



Touch! My Big Touch-and-Feel Word Book

Your big boy (or girl) is officially ready for his/her first touch-and-feel word book. May we suggest snatching this one up STAT (and while you’re at it, snag an extra copy for your BFF’s upcoming baby shower too)? Containing 150 words and 30 touch-and-feel elements—even sticky toast—this brilliant picture book will require your child to utilize all senses.

$15 AT AMAZON

Baby Einstein Backyard All Year

It’s unanimous, moms. Toddlers la-la-love Baby Einstein books. They’re enamored by the bright colors and fun textures that require them to “touch, feel, trace, and talk.” This specific installment takes readers on a journey as a bunch of backyard animals recount their favorite playtime activities throughout each season.

$9 AT AMAZON

This Little Piggy

Wait for it… This little piggy (aka, your babushka) loves to read and tell nursery rhymes. Yes, we are putting yet another finger puppet book on your radar, but this one is too dang cute to leave out. The story documents five little piglets as they go about their busy day. Teach your baby hand-eye coordination by letting them wiggle the piggy (eep!).

$7 AT AMAZON



That's Not My Puppy: Its Coat Is Too Hairy

Develop sensory awareness early on with this fun series of touchy-feely books from Usborne. Introduce your preschooler to the idea of having a new pup with a slew of textures ranging from hairy to shaggy. J. Musser on Amazon says. “She {two-year-old daughter} loves squealing “Not My Puppy!” as I turn the pages and we feel the different parts that make it ‘not her puppy.'”

$14 AT AMAZON

TouchThinkLearn: Vehicles

Adults and children alike will gravitate toward this aesthetically pleasing board book containing 3-D images of vehicles (from a car to a spaceship) and a cluster of related words. On Amazon, Deanna says: “The colors, the cutouts, and textures keep him interested in each page even at 10-months now.”

$13 AT AMAZON

Touch and Feel: Never Touch a Dinosaur

Go ahead and add this gem to your list of baby-friendly dinosaur books to invest in 2020. Let your little one’s imagination run wild with a variety of rubberized textures (hence, the “touch” element) and colorful illustrations. Bonus points for the fun rhymes warning of the dangers of touching a dino in the flesh. Oops… too late. 😉

$8 AT AMAZON



Elmer's Touch and Feel World

It’s hard to go wrong when a colorful patchwork elephant named Elmer is the protagonist of the story. As one Amazon reviewer, Ms. S, raves: “The plotline is great, and I love the message about being proud of who you are instead of trying to fit in. The illustrations are fun and colorful—overall just a great book!” ‘Nuff said.

$14 AT AMAZON

Pat the Bunny

An oldie, but goodie, this OG children’s classic (originally published in 1940) has been around for generations. Odds are your mom read it to you as a child, and now you’ll make new memories with your little one. From areas to scratch (Daddy’s face stubble) to touchable elements (like a furry bunny), be prepared to utilize all five senses.

$7 AT AMAZON

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Little Giraffe: Finger Puppet Book
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Good Night, Curious George Padded Board ...
$10
Tails
$11
Touch! My Big Touch-and-Feel Word Book
$15
Baby Einstein Backyard All Year
$9
This Little Piggy
$7
That's Not My Puppy: Its Coat Is Too Hai...
$14
TouchThinkLearn: Vehicles
$13
Touch and Feel: Never Touch a Dinosaur
$8
Elmer's Touch and Feel World
$14
Pat the Bunny
$7
See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book
$10.78
Merry Christmas (Bright Baby Touch and F...
$4.95
Never Touch a Polar Bear Board Book
$9.99
Fun Fall Day: A Touch and Feel Board Boo...
$9.99