Traditional books are great, but there’s something special about a pop-up book with impressive paper illustrations that “jump” out at you, or flaps that you can pull or lift to help you understand the story better. It’s good to be real. As a child’s occupational therapist, Diana Fitts says, “Pop-up books offer a great multi-sensory experience that regular books can’t.” If the story is being read aloud to them, kids use their eyes and ears. When kids lift the flaps on a “peekaboo” page or grab a 3D character, they have to use their vision, hearing, and sense of touch all at the same time.” This is a good way to help kids learn how to use their senses and be more comfortable with multi-sensory things in the future, says Fitts.
‘The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings’
With more than 300 positive reviews on Amazon, this book looks at feelings through the use of 3D “monsters” in a variety of colors. According to Fitts, the story is about “emotional regulation.” Happy, sad, angry, calm, fear, and love are all emotions that are talked about in this book. One reviewer said it was a good transition book for kids who were having a hard time connecting with their feelings at any time. The pop-up elements are great for kids because they can feel them and learn about their emotions through the story, says Fitts. 3-7 years old is the ideal age.
‘One Red Dot’
There are a lot of pop-up sculptures in this book that move when you turn the page, and the art inside can be moved by pulling little paper tabs (arrows). The author and artist named David A. Carter made this book. Kids are told to look for a red dot on every single page. It has 9 spreads in total. The wacky words inside show where the dot is on each spread. When the pages are turned, the pop-outs fold neatly back into the book. “Not only is this book beautiful, but it has just the right amount of pop-up intricacy, so I could see giving it to a 3 or 4 year old.” 4-8 years old is the ideal age.
‘Knick Knack Paddywhack’
Following the song “This Old Man,” this book for kids is a winner of a literary award. It is about a young boy and his dog, who go on an outdoor, dream-like adventure set to the famous poem. The book itself has a lot of power. It has traditional pop-ups, but it also has tabs to push and pull, flaps to lift, a dial to turn, and many other things. Says Fitts: “Sensory aside, pop-up books help kids improve their fine motor skills.” Playing with the different parts of a pop-up book can be a great way to improve hand skills and build hand strength.” 3-7 years old is the ideal age.
‘The Ultimate Book of Vehicles: From Around the World’
They’ll have a lot of fun with this one. There’s no real story here, but there are a lot of beautiful vehicles (including a spaceship—hey, that’s a mode of transportation!). With flaps, 3D pop-ups, wheels that move, and more, the machines on paper really come to life. Every single page has something for kids to do. On the educational side, it also has vehicles from other countries, which broadens kids’ perspectives on the world. Note that it’s easy for small hands to rip tabs and flaps and crinkle 3D art on this impressive and durable book. 5-8 years old is the ideal age.
‘Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-Up’
Each page of this sweet pop-up book looks like a real dessert that just pops up in front of you, tempting you with its sugary goodness. In this book, there are 10 pop-up pictures of a baker’s good fortune, and kids are asked to count the mice they see on each page. Good to know: One of the pop-ups is a complicated pinwheel that you might want to make sure it’s in the right place before giving it to your child. There is a lot of great pop-up art in this store, says one customer. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Everything opens up, and there is even a whole pop-up house! It’s beautiful. I don’t want my kids to break it because I love it so much. This is a good age range: 3+
‘My Best Pop-up Space Book’
Many kids, including mine, are very interested in space. They can’t get enough of the big world around them, and if your kids are like mine, they love to spout planet “facts.” There’s a great sensory book about space for kids that they’ll always love. Pop-ups are a great way for kids to learn about the solar system at an early age. There’s a button on the cover of the book that makes a blast-off sound, so it’s a pop-up and more. This is better than traditional board books. This book is full of pages with shiny stars and a lot more. Each page has a surprise that pops up. 3-5 years old is the ideal age.
‘Where is Baby’s Belly Button?’
This simple pop-up book is a best-seller on Amazon because it’s so useful and loved by babies all over the world. (My own kids love this book.) It teaches toddlers how to play Peek-a-Boo and where their body parts, like their belly button, are. You may have to help your child find the lift flap in the picture at first to figure out which body part is underneath. The flaps are big, which makes them easy for young kids to touch and lift up and down. A baby’s eyes can be seen below his hat. As a pediatric occupational therapist, Tala Brinderson of Infinity Kids in Lake Forest, CA, says: “This book has single-focus pages for each body part.” This means that you and your child can work together to identify parts on yourself and others. It’s good for young kids to read pop-up books because they’re fun to play with, brightly illustrated, and keep kids interested. When to start: 1-4.
The “Spot” book series, which features a cute and nosy animated dog, has been around for a long time. These flaps do more than just show what Spot the dog finds with his nose behind a door, under a bed, and so on. This book is the first one in the collection. He says that when children lift flaps, they’re focusing on their tactile input and learning how to “use” their fingers, as well as how to imagine things. What do you think will happen when Spot looks under the box? It also helps to build language, including core vocabulary and prepositions. “Where’s Spot?” is one of the ways. 1-3 years old is the ideal age.
‘Creatures of the Deep’
A nature-themed pop-up book with amazing 3D images of underwater creatures like an octopus is in this book. Ernst Haeckel, an artist, took the photos in this book. Feel like you’re looking at seven 3D pictures that are jumping out at you. You’ll see underwater plants and animals, sea life, and round shells with kids and adults both having fun. I think it’s one of the best art books I’ve ever seen. It has brilliant colors and details that make you feel like you’re swimming underwater. So kids can just look at the beautiful pictures and use their imaginations to make up stories about ocean life. There is no text inside. The main point of the book is that there is a connection between all living things. One reviewer called this book “beautifully designed and informative.” We all agree. The movie is good for all ages.
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’
There’s nothing better than a classic, especially when it comes to kids’ literature. This Victorian-themed version of Alice in Wonderland is better for kids who are older. It stays true to the original story written by Lewis Carroll. A well-known illustrator of Alice in Wonderland is the source for the 3D images. John Tenniel was one of the best. Despite the price, this is a better pop-up book than most. For example, when the famous Mad Hatter tea party scene is played out, not only does the table come to life, but so do the saucers as well! It looks like a rainbow when the Queen of Hearts meets Alice. The text is on the side of the pages, and the 3D pictures are in the middle. 4-8 years old is the ideal age.