My boys are reluctant readers. They have to absolutely love the author and/or the story in order to be intrigued. There are a handful of books that they enjoy reading over and over again… how can I get them to expand their horizons?

Imagine reading a storybook, and then being able to enter into the book by playing a game online or in real life? Imaginary Friends is an interactive book series for 8 to 12 year olds that brings a whole new dimension to reading.  Each Adventure Kit comes with a book of your choice divided into chapters, along with puzzles and secret notes and ideas – all so your child can experience an amazing interactive reading adventure.

How does Imaginary Friends work?

The books arrive at your doorstep along with an activity kit that includes puzzles, secret notes and other ideas that bring the story to life. Parents create an account, log in online, and personalize the story for their children. Kids then read a chapter and at the end of each chapter, the characters ask your child for help. Sometimes this will be an online game or an activity in the real world. Once a chapter is completed and the accompanying task, parents will receive an email to align with your child’s reading.


Imaginary Friends Adventure Kit


What does the Adventure Kit come with?

Each Adventure Kit comes with a printed book aimed at 8-12 year old reading level, divided into 7-10 chapters, an activity you can hide in the real world like puzzles or secret notes, a digital-connected game or video for EVERY chapter and extra ideas so parents can enhance the adventure.

Bring Stories to life with Imaginary FriendsThe Verdict?

My 8-year-old and I began the adventure together. We read first chapter together, and then we went online to complete the tasks. Can I just say that he figured out the interactive piece well before I did? I was hoping for some clues as I couldn’t figure out what to do next, but he managed to figure it out all on his own! What I like is that kids become a key part of the action, and they can read and complete the activities at their own pace.

My son is already looking forward to the next chapters, and the online activities that go with the books. Since my boys are reluctant readers, Imaginary Friends book series is a wonderful option for them to get excited about reading.

The Imaginary Friends team has launched a KickStarter campaign and hoping to grow the concept. Please give them some love!


Enter to Win

The lovely folks at Stitch Media are giving an amotherworld reader a 11×17 print of the Capes in the Family Chapter 1 cover signed by artist Remie Geoffroi. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter this giveaway.

Imaginary Friends cover art
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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Brenda Lacourciere Reply

    mine would love it because he loves any adventure story.

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  3. lori butler Reply

    this would be fun for my niece , it’s just not an ordinary book

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