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:
• 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)