Pop-Up Books: Valuable Reading or Pointless Fun?

Pop-Up Books: Valuable Reading or Pointless Fun?

Jackie Boucher
Aug 27, 2010

Some say that learning from pop up books is less effective than from regular books. What a shame! Pop-up books have come a long way since we were kids; ingenious, many of them, with incredible detail. It's sad to think they don't have any real educational value.

Babble recently reported on a couple of studies finding that "Kids Don't Learn from Pop-up Books". Each of 3 groups of children were exposed to a different type of book on animals. They were lead to study the parrot and flamingo in particular. But the "pop-up book" group couldn't later identify the 2 bird types as well as the groups with the illustrated book or the book with photography. In fact, their success rate was 50%, which is no better than chance.

Oh well, at least they are honing their fine motor skills, learning about cause-and-effect, and being exposed to examples of 3-dimensional design. Regardless of the possible benefits, there is certainly no harm and we just love them. So we happily round up four of our current favorites:

ABC3D by Marion Bataille (to fully appreciate the cleverness see video here)

Big Frog Can't Fit In by Mo Willems

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

The Chronicles of Narnia by Robert Sabuda (based on the books by C. S. Lewis)

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