When I was learning to read, I was taught that books are written to be read from left to right. I bet that you were taught the same thing. Did you know though that sometimes books don’t follow that rule? It’s true! Some books are meant to be read backwards and forwards, bottom to top, or right to left.
Books that you can read backwards and forwards have always made me smile. Here are a few fun books that don’t follow the rule to read left to right:
LITTLE BRO, BIG SIS
By Rocio Bonilla
Big sister thinks that her little brother is the worst: he’s so annoying and will not leave her alone. Little brother thinks that his big sister is the worst: she is always bossing him around and telling him what to do. It is so fun to see how each part of this sibling relationship views the other half, and the appreciation they come to have for one another, in this book you have to read from both left to right and right to left to fully understand.
By Eoin McLaughlin
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Reading this book from left to right you discover the story of hedgehog too spiky to receive a much-wanted hug. Reading this book from right to left you will find the story of the tortoise too bony to be hugged. Both problems are solved when the two stories meet in the middle and hedgehog and tortoise find one another. This book is full of the most darling illustrations and is not one you will want to miss out on.
A LONG WAY AWAY
By Frank Viva
Start from the top of this story and join in on an adventurous journey from outer space to the deep ocean. Or start from the bottom of the story and climb from the depths of the sea to far away planets. The top to bottom reversibility of this book makes it one that is just too fun to pass by.
MAMA’S WILD CHILD, PAPA’S WILD CHILD
By Dianna Huts Aston
Illustrated by Nora Hilb
Reading this book forwards will tell you about some of the mamas in the animal world and how they love their babies. Reading this book backwards will tell you about some of the papas in the animal world and how they love their little ones. Reading this book in either direction provides you with a sweet look at how parents both human or animal love their children and would do anything for them.
WHAT AUNTS DO BEST: WHAT UNCLES DO BEST
By Laura Numeroff
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Aunts are good for all sorts of fun things, like going shopping, watching the late night show or buying you cotton candy. Uncles are good for fun things like going on the roller coaster, building forts and telling silly jokes. Read this book from either end to discover all the great things that aunts and uncles are best at. Also, be sure to check out the other reversible books in this series about the things that other relatives are good at.