Wednesday, June 22, 2011

5 Pop-Up Books for Young Readers

I brought up ways to create pop-up books in the classroom, but nothing can compare to opening the real works of art in your hands to share them with students.  Pop-ups have impressed readers for generations, and the creators (known as "paper engineers") work hard to make fun books with intricate and clever mechanisms.  Here is a list of some cool pop-up books for young readers.  I've tried to include videos so you can see the marvelous visual elements for yourself:

ABC3D by Marion Bataille
ABC3D allows readers to see and interact with the alphabet.  It's a simple book with parts that flip, slide out, twist, reflect and, of course, pop-up.  See the book in action here:

Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up
Cookie Count by Robert Sabuda
Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up explores numbers through what is probably the most appealing way possible: cookies. Kids can practice counting as they flip through all the tasty treats found in this book. Check out the grand finale: a stunning gingerbread house!

Bugs Pop-up: Creepy Crawlers Face-to-Face
Bugs Pop Up:  Creepy Crawlers Face to Face by Sally Hewitt
Bugs Pop-up is an award-winner that offers a close-up investigation of insects, spiders and crawling critters. Kids will be impressed by the giant pinchers, stingers, legs and wings that pop out of these startling designs. Like real bugs, the pop-ups are fascinating, yet dangerous. Check out the cautious interest this kid has with the book:

Snowflakes: A Pop-up Book
Snowflakes:  A Pop-up Book by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff 
Snowflakes is perfect for wintertime. The captivating designs found in snowflakes are showcased here in all their glittery-white glory.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a tale that fits impeccably with Robert Sabuda's creativity. There is a reason his name has shown up several times on this list (he's done several books, including classic tales, and they're all great). My favorite parts: peeking inside a small box that reveals Alice's famous fall, and the deck of cards that hangs precariously in midair. See for yourself:

Any book on this list would breathe new life into kids' reading and artistic design interest. If you find any other great pop-up books for young readers, let me know!

Stay tuned for pop-up books for advanced readers!

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