Karen Katz books are interactive reading and picture books for babies and toddlers. Many feature touch and feel stories while others are lift the flap board books.
Karen Katz is an American children’s book writer and illustrator having written over fifty picture and novelty books throughout her career. She has an interest in global folk art and has been a quilt maker as well as a costume designer, graphic designer and fabric artist. When she and her husband adopted their daughter Lena from Guatemala, she served as an inspiration in the creation of her first book through painting, collage and literature.
Many of the Karen Katz books listed on amazon claim to be of reading age of between four to eight, but these are very much interactive books for infants and young toddlers. When our son was a bit over two, he would read Beddy-bye, Baby: A Touch-and-Feel Book without a problem and would have this sinister smile in his face almost laughing at the book’s simplicity.
But he nevertheless loved being read her books as part of his bed time routine. It’s really our daughter, now over 20 months, that really enjoys the books and the touch and feel features. This series, as nicely written and pretty as they are, are sometimes so simple that the moment of their appropriate use almost disappears before our eyes as our children grow. Yet during that magic capsule of time between the ages of 8 months to two years, they enjoy her books so much.
Now when we read a Katz book to our daughter, our three year old son participates with that same sinister smile on his face. A sort of, “you have to be kidding me.” type of look. And yet he still joins us and sits through the conclusion of her short stories.