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Scott’s Toy Box: More Than Reading

In 1st grade, we had journals to write in. I believe they were used to help us with our handwriting. We were given topics like “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and “Your best dream,” and I remember to this day what I wrote about. Writing has been something I’ve always enjoyed, so when I found the books featured in this month’s toy box, I just had to dive into them.

I know what you’re thinking: Books aren’t toys. But these books aren’t like other books. The ones in this month’s column are books that you don’t just read –they’re books you interact with, mostly with a pen in your hand.

Mess and Finish This Book

Keri Smith has produced many interactive books. Mess is a book that asks you to make accidents and mistakes inside its pages. One page gives you a list of rules like “Don’t cover up this type,” and the next page tells you to break them. In her new book, Finish This Book, you are given the task of filling in the blanksalong with instructions for doing so. Check out her other interactive books, too!

Rip the Page

If you like creative writing but need a little help with the initial spark, Rip The Page by Karen Benke may be for you. Rip The Page contains many writing exercises to help you get your imagination going. Also, while you’re busy writing, you get to learn some English literary devices. Alliteration, haiku, onomatopoeia, and more are all covered here, turning learning about words into playing with them.

The Encyclopedia of my Immaturity and Draw the DC Universe

Klutz has made many books that you can play with. The Encyclopedia Of My Immaturity is a fun diary that includes activities like designing a t-shirt for your favorite band or figuring out what pair of underwear is your lucky pair. Or, if drawing is more your style, you can look into Klutz’s drawing books. Their newest one is Draw The DC Universe. It teaches you how to draw superheroes like Batman and Superman as well as villains like Catwoman and The Joker by beginning with a stick figure and adding to it until it looks like the character. The best part about Klutz books is that they also come with the supplies needed to use them.

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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