Reading books can be even more fun when a flashlight is involved! Check out some of these flashlight-inspired books. Some of them require a light to make shadows while others have a built-in interactive paper flashlight.
These books require a light behind the page to make hidden images appear. You can either use a flashlight or just hold it up to a ceiling light. There several themes to choose from such as Animal Camouflage, Rainforest, Vegetable Garden, Winter, Earth, Construction Site, and Apple Tree. These images are from Secrets of a Seashore. At this time, Shine-a-Light books aren't available for purchase directly from Amazon, instead they are only from other sellers. I ordered Secrets of Our Earth for a gift from Book Depository. Shipping is free worldwide, but it takes longer to receive the books than when ordering from Amazon. Make sure you order several weeks before you need it if you order from Book Depository.
Bedtime Shadow Books
There are a series of Bedtime Shadow Books that will cast images on the wall, ceiling, or whatever surface you are using, when a light shines through a clear panel with images printed on it. The books are short, ours has just six images, and the story isn't memorable, but the experience of creating large images on the ceiling is fun. Unfortunately these books don't work very well with a standard flashlight. None of the flashlights we had would work well. Instead, the flashlight on a phone works well to create clear images. We don't "read" the Shadow Book often, but when we do, the kids always enjoy making the images bigger and smaller as we move the page closer and further away from the wall or ceiling. The books are spiral-bound so you can flip the pages out of the way, and the series covers a lot of themes such as night time animals like in Whoo's There?, and others such as The Deep Sea, the sky, Nursery Rhymes, Fairies, Monsters, and Christmas. If you find one you like, just make sure to use a phone's flashlight to enjoy these!
Grandma has the Lightbeam Books and the grandkids, ages 3 through 8 enjoy moving the paper flashlight around the image to discover the hidden animals. There are two versions, Moonlight Ocean and Moonlight Animals. After seeing this book one night, it was the first thing my 5 year old wanted to do the next day when he woke up! Each page spread has one page of text, and the opposite page has a built-in paper flashlight that you can move around to reveal the images. See the short video below for a glimpse into this book.
Mystery Flashlight Detective Books
Upon seeing the Mystery at the Aquarium book for the first time, my 5 year old whispered "Whoa!" in amazement as he moved a paper flashlight around the image. There are a few books in the Nightlight Detective Book series including Mystery at the Aquarium, Big Top Circus Mystery, and Mystery at the Museum. In the Mystery at the Aquarium, something went missing at the aquarium and you need to find the clues to find out where it went. We read this book together and at the bottom of the page it gives the cue "Nightlight Detective, help me find a..." and then you search for the item with the paper flashlight. Thankfully this book comes with two paper flashlights, because both my 3 year old and 5 year old wanted to search for the items. There is also a pocket to keep the flashlights in for storage. See the video below for an example of how this book works.
This Flashlight book doesn't require a real flashlight, but can be read with one to make it feel more special. It is a wordless book which allows you to create your own story. It shows night time scenes of a boy walking around in the dark outdoors with a flashlight. He sees lots of animals along his journey and then trips and drops his flashlight. The animals take turns "playing with the flashlight" (in the words of my son), until the boy ultimately finds his way back to his tent to read a book. I think we discover something new each time we look through this one. Scroll through the sweet illustrations below to see more of this book.
Don't forget a real flashlight!
While a real flashlight will only work well with the Shine-a-Light Books, or for reading a book in the dark, kids love exploring with a flashlight! This child-size flashlight gets good reviews compared to many other children's flashlights, and is not too bright. It even comes with two AAA batteries so it is ready to use right away! What is your favorite book to read with a flashlight? See the links in either the text or the buttons for purchasing information. Purchasing from these links helps to support this site at no extra charge to you. Thank you!