Discover the magic of AR books for kids
Calling all trailblazing teachers!
Are you ready to embark on a literary adventure like no other? Augmented reality children's books are here to revolutionize how kids learn and play, and they're taking the classroom by storm.
In this blog post, we'll dive into seven must-read AR books for kids that will spark their imagination and make learning an immersive experience.
Buckle up, educator extraordinaire, because we're about to set sail on an augmented reality escapade!
AR Children's Books
1.) Markertown by Amanda Fox
Preschool to 3rd Grade
Get ready to enter the whimsical world of Markertown! This enchanting tale immerses readers in a land of kindness and friendship. The AR features in this book bring the characters and setting to life via QuiverVision, making the reading experience truly unforgettable.
Markertown is perfect for teaching kids that true sparkle and shine come from within. So let the mark you leave on the world be one of kindness!
Transform your classroom into a Markertown of its own by having students create their own characters and scenery. Use these creations as a springboard for discussions about the challenges faced by the characters, and encourage students to brainstorm alternative solutions. Who knows – they might just “marker up” the next great adventure!
Psst……let Markertown sweep you away on an imaginative journey, and as a bonus, enjoy a treasure trove of free resources with your Markertown membership!
That's right, upon purchasing the book, you'll gain access to a world of extras: augmented reality coloring pages that spring to life, maker space challenges that kindle creativity, word searches that combine fun and learning, and handwriting practice lessons to polish penmanship.
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity—secure your Markertown book and membership today, and dive into a captivating adventure for all!
2.) Monsters Have Manners by Jeff Kubiak
Preschool to 3rd Grade
Teaching kids about manners and social skills has never been more thrilling, thanks to Monsters Have Manners. This monstrously entertaining book is filled with engaging AR elements that bring the monsters off the page via QuiverVision.
As children navigate through the pages, they learn important lessons about politeness, kindness, and friendship.
Invite your students to a Monster Manners tea party! Have them dress up as their favorite monster and practice their best monster etiquette.
Use this book as a springboard for role-playing activities where students practice using good manners in various social situations.
Trust us, it'll be a monstrously good time!
3.) Peter o'Meter (Coming Soon) by Tricia Fuglestad
Pre-K to 3rd Grade
Get ready to mark your calendars for the highly anticipated Peter o'Meter! This upcoming book promises to be a delightful treat, with engaging AR features from QuiverVision and a story that will captivate young minds.
While we can't reveal too much just yet, you can expect lessons on social-emotional learning, self-discovery, and what to do when your buttons get pushed.
Explore PETER’s retro-futuristic world with this interactive site to see the animated robots, flying machines, and fanciful architecture that Tricia is dreaming up for her augmented reality story.
You can even try scanning the book cover design using the Eyejack app to watch it come to life.
4.) Tom Swift Inventors' Academy by Victor Appleton
Grades 4 to 8
Calling all future engineers and inventors! Tom Swift Inventors' Academy takes AR books for kids to the next level, combining an interactive story with engineering activities.
Join Tom and his friends as they explore the world of invention and technology. This book offers valuable lessons about STEM and encourages problem-solving skills, making it the perfect resource for teaching STEM in the classroom.
Host a classroom invention fair inspired by Tom Swift Inventors' Academy! Encourage students to create their own inventions, either individually or in teams, based on concepts from the book.
You can also use this as an opportunity to introduce students to basic engineering concepts and invite guest speakers from the field to share their expertise.
5.) Ocean Monsters: Interact with Life-Size Sea Predators by Nicola Davies
Grades 4 to 8
Dive into the deep blue sea with Ocean Monsters! This book contains stunning AR visuals and detailed information about different creatures that inhabit our oceans. Through interactive activities, readers learn about ocean conservation, species diversity, and the effects of climate change on marine life.
Turn your classroom into an underwater wonderland by decorating with sea-themed artwork and assigning projects where students research more about the animals featured in Ocean Monsters.
Organize a field trip to your nearest aquarium or use virtual resources to explore the depths of the ocean. Don't forget to discuss ongoing environmental issues and brainstorm ways to protect our oceans.
6.) Space Race: The Story of Space Exploration to the Moon and Beyond by Ben Hubbard
Grades 4 to 8
Prepare for liftoff with Space Race! This book is perfect for aspiring astronauts, as it covers the history of space exploration and introduces key figures who helped make space travel possible.
Through interactive AR elements, readers can explore the solar system, learn about cutting-edge technology, and even take part in missions to space.
Organize a virtual field trip where students visit NASA and other space agencies to learn about current space missions and discoveries. Invite guest speakers who work in the aerospace industry to share their experiences and inspire your students.
Assign projects covering the history of space exploration and encourage students to explore their own dreams of venturing into the cosmos!
7.) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
You’ll be completely carried away by this moving tale about the healing power of stories. The illustrations in the book are captivating with its nod to the silent film era. The pages were originally brought to life through animation using an app that is unfortunately outdated but captured in this video from the author.
Grab some popcorn (an maybe some tissues) and watch the academy award-winning short film made from this beautiful augmented reality storybook. This will inspire you and your students to treasure books and the stories they tell.
Bonus: Augmented Reality Workbooks That Boost Learning
In addition to the engaging AR children's books we've discussed, there are also augmented reality workbooks that can take your students' learning experience to a whole new level.
These interactive workbooks are perfect for reinforcing essential skills in the classroom. Let's take a closer look at two exceptional AR workbooks that deserve special mention.
1.) My First Augmented Reality Handwriting Book
This innovative workbook is designed to help young learners master the art of handwriting while making the process fun and interactive. My First Augmented Reality Handwriting Book combines the teaching of alphabet letter formation, phonics, and path of motion through augmented reality features.
As students trace letters and practice writing, they are also exposed to letter sounds and correct formation techniques, providing a multisensory learning experience.
Organize a "Letter of the Week" activity where students focus on one letter at a time, using the AR features in My First Augmented Reality Handwriting Book to practice proper letter formation and learn corresponding phonics.
You can also pair this workbook with alphabet-themed crafts, songs, and games to further reinforce learning and keep students engaged.
2.) My First Augmented Reality Writing Journal
Encourage budding writers with My First Augmented Reality Writing Journal! This workbook is designed to help young students develop their writing skills through sight words, engaging writing prompts, and interactive games and content.
As students work through the journal, they will encounter AR features that bring their writing to life, making the writing process more exciting and enjoyable.
Incorporate My First Augmented Reality Writing Journal into your daily or weekly writing activities. Use the AR writing prompts to spark creativity and generate discussions, and encourage students to share their work with the class. You can also create a "Writing Wall" in your classroom where students can display their favorite pieces from the journal, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment in their writing abilities.
Bring AR Into Your Classroom
As you can see, augmented reality children's books offer interactive, immersive experiences that can engage and excite students in the classroom. These AR books provide vivid visuals and detailed information about their subject matter, allowing readers to explore different topics in depth. They also encourage problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creativity.
So why not take the plunge and introduce these game-changing AR books to your classroom? Your students will thank you for igniting their imagination and taking their learning to new heights!
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7 Must-Read Augmented Reality Children's Books to Ignite Your Child's Imagination was authored by:
Alaina Clark-Weinstein is the Chief Operations Officer at TeacherGoals. Alaina joined TeacherGoals in 2020 and has been an integral part of advancing the organization and spearheading new initiatives. Alaina oversees the day-to-day tasks and operational functions of TeacherGoals.
Tricia Fuglestad (Fuglefun), NBCT, K-5 Elementary Art Teacher, K-12 in Tech Integration.
Tricia’s lessons blend digital and physical art making with transdigital lessons to expand the curriculum, give students an opportunity to explore new media, and find transformative ways for students to demonstrate learning dynamically.