Best Children’s Pop Up Books
One of the more entertaining types of books for little ones are pop-ups – possibly more than any other type of reading they can make stories animated and interactive, bringing them to life. This page contains the best children’s pop-up books to help your little ‘uns discover whole new beautiful worlds.
Here you will find pop-up versions of classic tales, including The Little Prince and The Little Mermaid. Pop-up books of some of the planet’s most amazing places are also included, such as Pop-Up Paris. There are even books all about space, oceans…and dinosaurs!
The top 10 best children’s pop-up books provide great ways to introduce your children to books and the world of literature. The characters literally pop out at them to draw them into the story and make them want to learn more. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing! Enjoy reading any or all of the following books to your kids…and promoting a wonderful love of books!
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best pop-up books for children for the spring and summer months of was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.
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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
2. Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology by Lucio Santoro
3. The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
4. A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes by Matthew Reinhart
5. Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs The Definitive Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
6. Pop-Up Peekaboo: Things That Go by DK Publishing
7. One Red Dot by David A. Carter
8. Pop-up Paris by Lonely Planet Kids
9. The Little Mermaid by Robert Sabuda
10. This Book Is a Planetarium – And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson
Top 10 Pop-Up Books:
Ages: 2 – 5
First up of this year’s top 10 popup books is The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner.
The Wide-Mouthed Frog loves to eat, eat, eat everything he sees, but he is also interested in how other animals munch.
That is, until he meets a ginormous, green alligator who thinks wide-mouthed frogs sound like delicious snacks to chomp.
Ages: 6 – 10
Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology by Lucio Santoro is also a top contender among the ten best pop-up books for kids 2017.
This pop-up book is a favorite of mine, because before I became a writer, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I gave up on that dream when I realized I have a fascination for, but keen fear of, sharks. Yikes! Wild Oceans is an informative read with vivid pop-ups.
Ages: 10 – 12
A longer-term favorite popup book this year is The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
A classic from way back, The Little Prince is about a pilot who crash lands on a deserted…errr, desert. Or, he thinks it is deserted. Until he meets a little boy; a prince who recounts his ventures to far-off galaxies.
Ages: 3 – 8
When I was in kindergarten, we would be called up to recite nursery rhymes for stickers during naptime. At the end of the week, whoever had the most stickers would win a prize. It was a memory lesson, so nursery rhymes have special meanings to me. Lovin’ the quirky moon!
Ages: 5 – 9
Wow. This book is 100% amazing. No doubt the most vividly illustrated, well-arranged pop-up book I have ever seen. All about dinosaurs, this book honors the extinct creatures that roamed the Earth over 180-million years ago. Check out the Rex!
Ages: Preschool and up
Think of things that go, like trucks, tractors, everyday cars, and construction equipment. Those are the kinds of pop-up pictures you can expect in this peekaboo book. Plus some interactive elements, like lift-up flaps and slide-over cards. Great for toddlers!
Ages: 4 – 8
One Red Dot is an interactive book, kind-a like Where’s Waldo, but with pop-up sculptures. Readers are tasked with finding a single red dot in ten pop-up pictures, some with flip-up flaps, and some with wiggly, wobbly widgets. Awesome artwork!
Ages: 5 – 8
I have never, ever been to Paris, but it is definitely a must-go on my bucket list. This pop-up book is for in-dreams travelers like myself. There are six pages, each with beautiful, vivid, intricate pop-up illustrations of historic Paris.
Ages: 6 and up
Did you know The Little Mermaid was given a name by Disney? The original was simply little mermaid, and this pop-up book tells her classic tale. Beautiful pop-up illustrations recount the story of a mermaid who falls hopelessly, desperately in love with a human. I’ve never seen such intricate pictures!
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Inside are pop-up illustrations in vivid, intricate details. But the real treat is a real-working, beautiful constellation projector.My personal favorite comes in as the final item on the list of the top ten popup books this year – This Book Is a Planetarium – And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson.
This planetarium pop-up book is wow-mazing. Yep, I created a whole new word, because this book is a new level of awesome.
This Top 10 Pop-Up Books page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.