Best Christmas Pop-up Books for Children and Adults

These Christmas pop-up books are in a class by themselves because of their artistry, the high quality of the paper engineering, the level of detail and the sophistication of the designs. Two of the 3-D books celebrate the birth of Christ, while the others celebrate Christmas traditions and symbols. These are more than children's Christmas pop-up books. They are pop-up books for adults and children to enjoy together.

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The First Noel

The First Noel - Photo of 3D Pop-Up Carousel Book
The First Noel by paper artist Jan Pietnkowski. Candlewick Press

Jan Pietnkowski reaches new heights in artistry and paper engineering with this 3-D book. You'll see that it is a carousel, or star, book with five striking panels in silhouette, each showing a scene about the birth of Jesus. The text in each scene consists of just one sentence retelling the Bible story of the Nativity.

This is a book you and your family can enjoy for years, both as a book about the birth of Christ and as a Christmas centerpiece for your mantel or dining room table. You will want to display the open book throughout the holidays. Read my book review of The First Noel. (Candlewick Press, 2004. ISBN: 0763621900)

For related books, see my article The Nativity Story in Children's Books.

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The Christmas Alphabet: Deluxe Anniversary Edition

The Christmas Alphabet: Deluxe Anniversary Edition
Robert Sabuda is a master of the art of paper engineering and pop-ups. The Christmas Alphabet features four softly colored cards on each double page. Each card contains a pop-up illustration in white of a different word, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. This is a lovely book, one that will fascinate the entire family. (Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc. 1994, 2004. ISBN: 0439672562)
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The 12 Days of Christmas: A Pop-Up Celebration

The 12 Days of Christmas

Artist and paper engineer extraordinaire Robert Sabuda has indeed created "A Pop-Up Celebration" with his version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Sabuda has created wonderful intricate pop-up illustrations for each verse of the traditional song. "The 12 Days of Christmas" is a treasure. I have given it as a gift several times, much to the recipients' delight. (Simon & Schuster, 1996. ISBN: 0689808658)

For a related children's picture book, see my summary of , illustrated by Gennady Spirin. To learn how the 12 days are celebrated in the UK, see The Twelve Days of Chirstmas on the United Kingdom Travel site.

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The First Christmas

The first Christmas

If you are looking for a book that will appeal to children of all ages and that will become part of your family's annual Christmas celebration, this may be it. The First Christmas is a pop-up book with charming illustrations in a folk art style by Tomie dePaola. The book features six different pop-up scenes, culminating in the manger scene. (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1984. ISBN: 0399210709)

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The Night Before Christmas

Night Before Christmas

The traditional Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas," a favorite with many young children as well as older children and adults, gets an elegant new look in Robert Sabuda's interpretation. His white pop-ups, with color accents, bring new life and humor to the poem. This is another example of paper engineering at its finest and another book sure to become a family favorite. (Simon & Schuster, 2002. ISBN: 0689838999)

For related picture book, see cover art and my book reviews of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas or Account of A Visit From St. Nicholas, illustrated by Matt Tavares, The Night Before Christmas - 1912 Edition, Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith and , Rachel Isadora's contemporary version set in Africa.

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