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I have to tell you this, it is not just my son who loves pop-up books. Yes, I’m raising my hand, me too! So I bought more than I should. Because for me, they are not just books but also a piece of art. Can you relate mommies? I introduced the love for reading to my son while he was still young hoping that he develops an interest in reading as well.
Thank God he did! Of course, we started with those simple books for babies, mostly about animals, trains and nursery rhymes.
Then when he was a toddler, he got interested in pop-up books because of the visuals and the moving pictures amazed him. It made him so excited to open each page, looking and waiting as what will happen as he turns the pages, pulls the tab and opens whatever little door he can find somewhere on the page.
Seeing his anticipation and excitement sparks joy within me, aside from the fact that I, too, enjoy seeing the artistic pages. Up to now, I am still amazed as to how intricate all details are artistically crafted on every page of any pop-up book.
You can watch this video when my son was reading one of his first few pop-up books. Currently, he is into Harry Potter.
You will notice from my list below that most are created by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. These two are both well-known pop-up artists. They both created critically-acclaimed and best-selling pop-up books.
Here is my list of pop-up books that I am very sure kids and grown-ups will treasure:
A 3D masterpiece celebrating Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from New York Times best-selling pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts is an exhilarating, interactive guide to the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry.
This book features spectacular pop-up re-creations of key locations inside and outside Hogwarts castle, and it opens flat to form a pop-up map of the castle and its grounds including the Quidditch pitch, the Forbidden Forest, and beyond.
In addition to large pops on each spread, numerous mini-pops will bring to life beloved elements from the Harry Potter films, such as the Marauder’s Map and the Flying Ford Anglia.
More than a collection of the well-known childhood legends, The Guardians are heroes with extraordinary abilities.
When an evil spirit named Pitch tries to disable the immortal guardians, a battle ensues for the happiness of children everywhere. From North (Santa Claus) to Bunny (Easter Bunny), Tooth (Tooth Fairy) and Jack Frost, the Guardians join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
In the Rise of the Guardians A Deluxe Pop Up Book, the movie story is retold in 14 lush pages filled with fold-out flaps and spectacular pop-ups of the characters and scenes which practically leap off the pages. Watch the video here!
The ultimate pop-up for collectors, Disney fans, and kids of all ages, Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World is an indispensable celebration of these enduring characters, stories, and fairy tales.
Starring the timeless characters that have made the Disney Princess films a treasured part of pop culture and animation history. This visually stunning volume is packed with intricately designed pop-ups and many other surprises.
With state-of-the-art paper engineering and beautifully rendered illustrations. Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World brings these castles and characters brilliantly to life, capturing the magical worlds that have enthralled audiences for decades.
This collectible piece of Disney Princess magic spans eleven films and princesses, including fan-favorites such as Belle, Snow White, Ariel, and Rapunzel. Through twenty-seven scenes, the key moments from these beloved films leap from the page and the accompanying text makes this book a wonderful interactive reading experience that families will treasure.
Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text.
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity. An astonishing book that will be read, admired and treasured forever.
Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jaw full of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page.
Readers will delight in this retelling of the classic story of Neverland, pirates and flying. Robert Sabuda’s elegant text and paper engineering give new life to favorite characters like Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael, and John, and, of course, Peter Pan.
Sabuda’s beautiful pop-ups are further complemented by full-color illustrations that pull readers even deeper into the magical world that is Neverland.
6. The Chronicles of Narnia
The magic of Narnia has been brought to life, through the spectacular imagination of the greatest paper engineer in the world!
From the award-winning creator Robert Sabuda, comes this beautiful pop-up adaptation, following the exciting adventures of Susan, Edmund, Lucy and Peter. Each spread boasts a breathtaking, three-dimensional pop-up scene, taking young readers on a journey through Narnia they will never forget.
Matthew Armstrong’s beautiful artwork works wonderfully as a pop-up scene, depicting the images of Narnia with great imagination. Each individual pop-up has been handcrafted and intricately designed, making this visually spectacular work of art a book to be treasured forever.
Featuring nearly 20 pop-ups from the New York Times best-selling author, artist, and pop-up master, Matthew Reinhart, this breathtaking work of art revisits the enduring story of Frozen.
Elsa and Anna’s remarkable adventure lives on in a magnificent display of paper engineering and artistic devotion.
Frozen Pop-Up is a vibrant tribute to these beloved characters and teaches readers of all ages to let it go.
True love blooms in this three-dimensional adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Amazing paper structures and classically styled artwork lead readers through a magical tale.
Magnificent pop-ups of a life-like Beast, a mysterious castle and a spectacular rose garden make this all-new pop-up masterpiece a must-have for your family’s library.
The 3D sculptures featured center stage include an intricate rendition of the Beast’s nook and crannied castle, a face-to-face close-up of his ferocious visage, and a bird’s eye view of an elegantly laid-out meal shared with Beauty.
In this stunning retelling of a phenomenal classic, honor is tested, battles of good over evil are waged and the importance of family reigns supreme.
True to Rudyard Kipling’s original story, tree branches literally draw the reader in to this tale of Mowgli the Man Cub exploring the ruins of the Lost City, riding atop thundering elephants, and facing a fierce tiger attack!
A must-have for every family’s library, this epic pop-up adventure features paper engineering as intricate and magical as the very laws of the jungle.
Building on his reputation as one of the most innovative paper-engineers working in children’s books, Robert Sabuda dazzles us with his reworking of Alice in Wonderland.
The book consists of 7 spreads with breathtaking super-size pop-ups and additional pop-ups contained within mini storybooks. Special effects include printed foil, acetate pull-tab scenes and on the first spread a peep show of Alice falling into Wonderland.
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What is your favorite? Please share it with us. I would love to know!
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