Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won’t Want to Put Down)

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With the new release of Robert Sabuda’s new pop-up book, Ten Horse Farm, I wanted to share all my favorite pop-up books that kids won’t want to put down.

You’ll notice that Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda both dominate this list –both creators have contributed many, many books to this style of art.

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won’t Want to Put Down)

 Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Ten Horse Farm
by Robert Sabuda
HORSES
Every page features statuesque horses on a farm. You’ll love the simplicity of text paired with evocative, earth-toned illustrations that literally pop. Enchanting!

 Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes
by Matthew Reinhart
NURSERY RHYMES
Add three dimensions to your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhymes!

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings
by Anna Llenas
EMOTIONS
Monster’s colors are all scribbly and mixed-up which means his emotions are, too. The little girl helps Monster separate his feelings on each page with fantastic pop-ups. I love the green calm page showing Monster in a hammock. The next-to-last page has fun pull-up tabs so kids can see inside each of the feelings jars. And the last page is the best surprise . . . (Also on: Best Children’s Books About Feelings)

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
One Spotted Giraffe A Counting Pop-Up Book by Petr Horacek
COUNTING
Who doesn’t love both a lift-the-flap and pop-up in one awesome counting book!? (Also on: Best Counting Books for Kids)

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
The Wide-Mouthed Frog
by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert
ANIMALS
This curious frog eats flies. He loves to ask other animals what they eat, too. But what will happen when he asks a creature who loves to eat frogs?

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Wild Animal An A to Zoo Pop Up
by Dan Green Kingfisher
ALPHABET
Don’t be scared by these wild animals who will pop up on each page! Kingfisher does a great job with pop-ups – I think you’ll love this fun alphabet book as much as me.


Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
How Many Bugs in a Box?
by David Carter
COUNTING
Count the (adorable) bugs that pop out of the box! My kids wore this counting book out. (Also on: Best Counting Books for Kids)

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Love You: A Pop-Up Book
by David A. Carter
LOVE
Each two-page spread tells the reader a sweet message such as “you are blossoms in the sky” plus “(eye symbol) love you“. But what makes this book stand out are the exquisite pop-ups that are colorful, geometrical, and delicate. This book would be a great gift for favorite adult or child! (I posted a quick video of the interior on Instagram here.)

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Spring: A Pop-up Book
by David Carter
SPRING
Simple text and pop-ups labeled with what they are show readers springtime plants and animals.

 Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
One Red Dot
by David A. Carter
SHAPES
Can you find the red dot in these 3D pop-up sculptures?

Beauty and The Beast- A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale Best Beauty and the Beast Retellings and Adaptations (for Kids and Young Adults)
Beauty and The Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale
by Robert Sabuda
FAIRY TALE
Vibrant colorful illustrations that remind me of stained glass pop out of the pages (or lift under flaps) to retell this fairy tale. A masterpiece of artwork by the pop-up book king.

 Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carrol, adapted and illustrated by Robert Sabuda
CLASSIC STORY
I gave this beautiful book to my daughter, an Alice in Wonderland fan. It is simply marvelous! The story is shortened and retold on small little booklets on each page and other places. Each page features a dazzling pop-up.

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Chanukah Lights 
by Michael Rosen and Robert Sabuda
CHANUKAH
This book is a work of art! Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe the sensations and feelings this paper art evokes in the reader. Chanukah’s Lights is about the history of the Jewish people as they search for a homeland and rebuild their communities told through the lens of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Jewish and secular critics haven’t loved the book’s text but I don’t feel qualified to critique the text since I don’t know much about the history of Chanukah. Read a review in The New York Times and a review from Yoeitzdrian!

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)  the-christmas-story
The Christmas Story
by Robert Sabuda
CHRISTMAS
You won’t find a more beautiful Christmas book than this story with gorgeous white and gold pop-ups illustrating the story. It’s exquisite!! Each page is an incredible work of art! This book will be a new family favorite. (For older kids since little ones might not do so well with the delicate 3D art.)


Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Diagon Alley and Beyond
by Matthew Reinhart, illustrated by Kevin M. Wilson
POP UP
The coolness factor of this pop-up book is beyond words –because it’s a complete sensory experience. Open the pages and Diagon Alley pops out in three dimensions. Lift flaps, pull levers, read the information, look at the nuanced details, and smell the fresh book smell. What an amazing book!

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down) 
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
SHARKS
Open the page to find — yikes — more than 35 pop-ups of prehistoric beasts of the ocean — scorpions, squid, and sharks, to name a few. Filled with facts as well as incredible artwork.

 Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)
Gods & Heroes
by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda
MYTHOLOGY
WOW– this is such a wealth of information as well as cool pop-ups. Open the page to reveal a large 3D illustration but don’t miss smaller lift-the-flaps with more info and illustrations. Absolutely incredible.

What are your children’s favorite pop-up books?

Amazing Pop Up Books (Your Kids Won't Want to Put Down)

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