Books can teach your child about an endless array of topics including eco-friendly living, cooking, gardening and the natural world around them. Pop-up books are even cooler, because these interactive treasures allow topics to literally spring to life, off the page, for your kids to behold. Below we've rounded up 12 amazing pop-up books that not only educate your child but will wow them (and you) with their brilliant art, color and style.
In the Forest
In this book, filled with a lush green forest, a sloth sleeps. Can your child find him!? Then, sadly, machines arrive to tear down the trees, so what will happen next? This beautiful and ingenious pop-up book allows your child to watch as one forest is destroyed and then reborn.
Perfect as a gift for children or design enthusiasts, is the well-loved Popville. Popville uses pop up illustrations to help readers visualize the development of a major city along with the loss of green spaces, without using a single word. This book is lovely and the Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year 2011.
The Washington Post called ABC3D, “Easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade… Beyond clever.” A true statement indeed. More art than book, this pop up takes the alphabet to a whole new level and kids will adore how each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before their eyes. C turns into D with a snap and X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. Plus, U is something else altogether! Teach letters and style at the same time with this amazing treasure of a book.
Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology
This book takes your little one on a fun journey into the mysterious world under the sea. Whales, dolphins, angler fish, and much more leap off the page teaching your child about various zones of the ocean including coral reefs, the frozen sea, the darkest parts of the deep, and much more. Note that some of the images in this book are very realistic and sometimes scary, so if say, the shark scene in Finding Nemo is too scary for your child, you may want to wait a few years before sharing this book.
This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
Titled as such, you’d assume this book is, well, about planetariums, but this pop-up extravaganza is much, much more. The book transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound. Text is included alongside each pop-up, explaining the scientific principles at play creating an interactive experience for your child and you.
In the Butterfly Garden
Most children are well aware of the life cycle of a butterfly from a young age, thanks to treasures like The Very Hungry Caterpillar — so this book will be familiar and delightful. The pop up traces a caterpillar’s evolution from lowly cocoon to magnificent winged butterfly, but throughout the book your child will find insects hidden in the grass, inchworms munching their way through a jungle of leaves, and dazzling flowers, making the experience more memorable.
How Animals Live: A Guide to the Animal World
This amazing pop up looks at how animals have adapted to life all over the planet, focusing on various interesting ecosystems as a whole. Each pop-up spread opens with a question: “What’s in a grassland apart from grass? What makes the rainforest so popular?” and more. The best part is how this book makes readers consider how one tiny change can have a huge impact on a whole habitat and beyond.
The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings
Books can teach children many topics, but a book that can master feelings is a gem, and exactly what The Color Monster does in a way that little ones can understand. The adorable monster in this pop up allows kids to see how emotions like happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and love play out, encouraging children to be more open with their feelings.
America’s National Parks: A Pop-Up Book
All kids should be aware of what our National Parks have to offer, and this book will tell them, in amazing detail. This beautiful coast to coast journey features 18 of the most visited national parks in the United States, with six as stunning, double-page pop-ups: Everglades, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite national parks.
600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages
600 Black Spots is a clever scavenger hunt pop-up allowing your child to spend countless hours of fun searching for the black spots throughout the pages. However, many tricks and surprises bounce up, making the book a challenge that’s fun and entertaining for kids and parents.
Bugs: A Stunning Pop-up Look at Insects, Spiders, and Other Creepy-Crawlies
Larger-than-life bugs spring from the pages of this book, not to mention they peek out from behind flaps, and hide under tabs, so young entomologists will not only learn, but be kept entertained at all the surprises. Kids will also learn tons of facts, like why does the world need bees and which beetles are strongest and fastest.
Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book
After reading some cool published pop up books, your child may be ready to make his own pop up creation which is where Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book, comes into play. Also check out this how to make your own pop up book project or other books such as Create Your Own Pop-Up Books and The Pop-Up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Over 100 Original Paper Projects.