Reading together is undoubtedly one of the most special pastimes for little ones and their mums and dads.
They might not appreciate the beauty of the written word just yet, but there’s plenty about books for tots to enjoy; exciting pictures, the telling of thrilling tales, Daddy’s hilarious cache of character impressions, and — pop-ups.
Babies’ and toddlers’ favourite means of exploring the world is through touch, so tactile pop-up storybooks for babies are a brilliant way to introduce your child to the immersive magic of reading.
Emma O’Donovan from babylondon.co.uk selects the best of these interactive books that both you and your baby bookworm will love:
1. The Elmer Pop-Up Book for babies By David McKee
A story on celebrating uniqueness, the ever-popular Elmer book is perfect for lil’ ‘uns just discovering their own special place in the world.
Interact with the patchwork pachyderm as he jaunts through a jungle bursting with wild colour and familiar animal friends.
£14.99 | Andersen Press
2. The Tiger Who Came to Tea By Judith Kerr
With those gorgeously retro illustrations and sensibilities straight out of a 1960s time-capsule, Kerr’s unforgettable classic is now reprinted as a tiger-rific pop-up for even more enjoyment. See the ravenous tea-time guest brought to life as he wreaks havoc upon his ever-hospitable hosts.
£6.99 | Harper Collins
3. Peter Pan By J.M Barrie and Robert Sabuda
Pop-up paper artist Robert Sabuda re-tells the beloved Neverland tale with a stunning diorama of swashbuckling, fairy-dusted scenes.
The intricate paper engineering is an artform in itself – so this collectable book is probably best read supervised.
£19.99 | Simon and Schuster
4. Mog The Forgetful Cat By Judith Kerr
Kerr’s distinctive drawings uncannily capture every feline idiosyncrasy with hilarious accuracy. A pop-up edition makes this particular moggie even more real – and adorable.
£6.99 | Harper Collins
5. Dear Zoo By Rod Campbell
Young ones never tire of guessing which exotic pet the flaps will reveal. Simple, bold and durable – just right for curious lil’ ‘readers’.
£6.99 | Macmillan
6. The World of Peter Rabbit By Beatrix Potter
An exquisite ‘carousel-style’ storybook; one side reveals the beautiful scenery of Peter Rabbit’s home in the Lake District while the other introduces Potter’s most famous character – and his friends.
So lovely, you might be tempted to keep this as a decorative treasure instead!
£5.99 | Penguin Books
7. The Jolly Postman By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Follow the Jolly Postman’s journey through a fairy-tale borough, as he delivers real letters (each tucked into a neat envelope between the pages of the book) to nursery rhyme characters. An ingenious classic.
£12.99 | Puffin
8. We’re Going to a Party by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
Dress-up and dress down furry, fuzzy and scaly party-goers in a game of fancy dress!
Lively clues will lead to a brilliantly monstrous 3D surprise at the end…
£7.99 | Andersen Press
9. Tiger Takes Off By Jonathan Litton
A wildly entertaining circus performance with high-quality pop-ups and moving elements. Marvellously madcap.
£8.99 | Caterpillar Books
10. Oops! Little Chick By Jo Lodge
Help Little Chick explore as he hatches out of his egg, takes his first wobbly steps…and finds some fun!
A robust push, pull and POP! book – perfectly suited for babies.
£5.99 | Campbell Books
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