Best Children's Books About Lift-the-flaps

40 of the Best Lift-the-Flap Books

Updated Jan. 26, 2019

Who doesn't love a good lift-the-flap book? One of the biggest benefits of reading—in addition to the vocabulary, comprehension and even math skills boost—is the special bond it creates overtime between the parent (or grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, friend, etc.) and child. As you sit close together, focused on the same thing and having a shared experience you can draw on together later, everyone gets the warm fuzzies. Especially for younger children, including a mix of interactive books in your reading (such as lift-the-flap books!) can help keep littles interested and truly engaged with what they're reading and helps make reading fun. Without further ado, here are some of our very favorite lift-the-flap books we know that you and your little-fingered friends will adore!

My Backpack! book
#1
My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic and illustrated by Weldon Swanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

This is a hidden gem. I didn't expect a lot from this book, but it has been a family favorite. The flaps are really well done and my child loves opening the backpacks and telling me what each of the animals brought for lunch.

A lift-the-flap board book featuring the lovable characters from Skip Hop's Zoo backpacks! What's inside your backpack? Join Bee, Dog, Elephant, Ladybug, and Penguin in this delightful interactive story based on the beloved Zoo backpack line from Skip Hop. Lift the flaps to find out what each animal likes to pack in their backpack, which looks exactly like the real thing! With adorable animal illustrations and a surprise on each spread, this story is sure to get little ones excited about school!

Hatch book
#2
Hatch
Written and illustrated by Heather Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is a very cute lift-the-flap with a nice rhyme scheme! I love that it focuses on baby animals that are hatching, and you get a little clue in the text to help you guess what animal you will uncover next. Plus, the illustrations are cute and I like how colorful the book is.

Can you guess what each egg will hatch? Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.

Dear Zoo book
#3
Dear Zoo
Written and illustrated by Rod Campbell
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Rod Campbell’s classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favorite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet? With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain, and a whole host of favorite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child’s bookshelf.

The Construction Crew book
#4
The Construction Crew
Written by Finn Coyle and illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Such a fun construction-themed book, with so many neat vehicles! The fact that it's a lift-the-flap book makes it so fun, because you get to guess what each vehicle does. I also think the illustrations in this book are very cute, and loved that there were vocabulary words for the parts on all of the machines.

There are countless machines that help out on a construction site. Everything from a bulldozer to a crane has a very special job. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn about what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

Flora and the Ostrich book
#5
Flora and the Ostrich
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this lift-the-flap book! It's beautifully illustrated, and I love that it has an ostrich in it. The book is a wonderful opposites book, and it creatively uses the flaps to better demonstrate the text.

Inspired by Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a new feathered friend seems so different from her, Flora discovers that opposites, in fact, attract! Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle's graceful artwork, this adorable book of opposites will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

Numbers book
#6
Numbers
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

In this fun version of the lift-the-flap format, clever die-cuts offer hints of what lies beneath each flap. Children will delight in counting four cute hats and then lifting the flap to discover that the hats are perched on the heads of four funny clowns. With a palette that will catch the eye of hip, modern parents, this bright and cheery board book introduces toddlers to numbers in a fresh new way.

What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! book
#7
What's That Noise? Snap! Snap!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This lift-the-flap book is perfect for learning some fun animal noises and learning to guess what animal makes each noise, as you lift the flap to find out which animal makes the noise given on the previous page. :) I also like that there's a little clue on the front of each flap as to what animal is hiding behind. :)

"What's that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills--and simply joining in!"--Page 4 of cover.

What's That Noise? Toot! Toot! book
#8
What's That Noise? Toot! Toot!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"What's that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills--and simply joining in!"--Page 4 of cover.

Miss Bunny's Shapes book
#9
Miss Bunny's Shapes
Written and illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore and identify shapes in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Miss Bunny is having a party . . . and you re invited. But what kind of party will it be? That s the fun mystery that will entertain toddlers as they learn all about shapes. Featuring ravishing rabbits in bold designs, this supercool board book has cool flaps to lift on every page.

Gotta Go, Buffalo book
#10
Gotta Go, Buffalo
Written by Kevin Meyers, Haily Meyers and illustrated by Haily Meyers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Make goodbyes fun with animal rhymes and colorful lift-the-flap illustrations! “So long!” “See you later!” There are so many ways to say goodbye! Lift the flaps in this colorful book to discover favorite animals (and maybe a few new ones, too) and fun goodbyes. Children and grown-ups alike will be giggling before you can say, “Toodle-Loo, Kangaroo!”

Who's at Home? book
#11
Who's at Home?
Written by Jane E. Gerver and illustrated by Kathryn Lynn Davis
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This lift-the-flap book is colorful and mostly simple, but when you lift the flaps, you discover the cutest little illustrated animals! I like that this has a woodland theme and helps little ones learn where different animals live.

Woodland animals play a guessing game with the little ones in this interactive board book! Each spread poses a riddle to young readers: "Who's at home?" Children will love lifting the flaps to reveal a furry bear, a wide-eyed owl, a cheery squirrel, a dozing beaver, and a cuddly rabbit all snuggled up in their homes.

Rapid Responders book
#12
Rapid Responders
Written by Finn Coyle and illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Community helpers keep us all safe and they have special machines that help as well. Police cars, coast guard cutters, ambulances, rescue helicopters, and fire trucks each serve our community in their own way. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

Where Are the Bears? book
#13
Where Are the Bears?
Written and illustrated by Kathy Ireland
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book has adorable illustrations and relatively sturdy lift-the-flaps, plus your munchkin can practice counting to five. The rhyming text is cute, and it's highly re-readable.

Lift the flaps to see where the bears will turn up next! This charming board book encourages toddlers to count the bears on each playful page.

Look Look book
#14
Look Look
Written and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The illustrations for this book are ridiculously clever. Seriously. Each page starts with an illustration the looks like one thing (like a donut) and then accordion folds out to reveal something entirely different (like a cat). The illustrations also count from 1 to 10, which is a bonus if you're working on counting, and overall it truly an enjoyable read!

Part counting game, part guessing game, this delightful board book invites little ones to look at one thing, and guess what else it could be. Each page shows one shape, and then unfolds to reveal an ingenious surprise, sure to captivate curious toddlers.

Mr. Monkey's Numbers book
#15
Mr. Monkey's Numbers
Written and illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Explore and identify numbers in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Who has been eating all the food? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 sneaky monkeys! Featuring a bunch of funny, funky monkeys, this board book introduces young children to numbers from 1 to 5. Toddlers will love the bright colors and flaps they'll find on every page.

Farm (Wheels at Work) book
#16
Farm (Wheels at Work)
Written by Child's Play and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Collecting, lifting, transporting, and delivering! Lift the flap to see each vehicle busy at work. Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

The World-Famous Book of Counting book
#17
The World-Famous Book of Counting
Written and illustrated by Sarah Goodreau
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Prepare to be amazed by this fabulously clever lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers. Sarah Goodreau's magic-themed illustrations add a touch of nostalgia and vintage glamour to this fun and elegant counting book. With spectacular sorcery and sensational illusions, there's something here for magic lovers of all ages. A stylish lift-the-flap, pop-up, pull-out book about numbers with a magic theme

Choo-Choo Colors book
#18
Choo-Choo Colors
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A cute and basic lift-the-flap book. The illustrations are well-done and it's nice that there are some colors/object combos that are less expected than others (e.g. red apples vs. orange kitties).

Every car on this train is carrying special cargo. Can you guess what is in the blue car? There are kittens in the orange car. What other things might ride in the orange car? This book gives kids a fun way to test their color recognition and association.

I Say, You Say Opposites! book
#19
I Say, You Say Opposites!
Written and illustrated by Tad Carpenter
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

I say "Reading!" You say, "Fun!" Explore the world of opposites with 8 lift-the-flaps. These colorful, playful books encourage interactive learning through prediction and repetition; but most importantly, they look really fun.--Dr. Robert Needlman, co-founder of Reach Out and Read and author of Dr. Spock's Baby Basics With I Say, You Say, your little ones can: Say new words Recognize opposites Learn and play!

Peekaboo! In the Ocean! book
#20
Peekaboo! In the Ocean!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Peekaboo! Who's hiding in the ocean? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills – and simply joining in!

If You See a Cow book
#21
If You See a Cow
Written by Richard Powell and illustrated by Ana Martín Larrañaga
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is simple and cute, and teaches simple animal noises for farm animals. The lift-the-flaps are cut outs (rather than always being squares), which makes it easier for little fingers to find a hold and are surprising sturdy and hold up well—just watch out for the pig page because that's the ONE FLAP that opens a different direction and if your munchin tries too vigorously to open it the way they've opened the last three it may tear.

In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread. What should you do if you see a cow? Moo! Young readers will love following the instructions to make animal sounds and discovering which farm animal is hiding behind the flaps.

Tuck Me In! book
#22
Tuck Me In!
Written by Dean Hacohen and illustrated by Sherry Scharschmidt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals—and little readers—are cozy and ready for sleep in this irresistible bedtime ritual. (Ages 18 months-4) The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.

Little Friends: Happy Birthday book
#23
Little Friends: Happy Birthday
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Little Puppy is excited – it's his birthday, and all the Little Friends are coming to his party! This charmingly illustrated board book is filled with all the things that make a birthday so special, garlands and party hats, presents and cake, and most important of all friends to celebrate with. A delightful book to share with little ones on their special day, Happy Birthday has textures to touch, feel, and explore, as well as a big birthday surprise flap to lift.

Dear Santa book
#24
Dear Santa
Written and illustrated by Rod Campbell
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From Rod Campbell, the bestselling creator of the beloved classic Dear Zoo, Dear Santa is a lift-the-flap novelty book being reissued in time for Christmas! In this delightful tale, Santa is looking for the perfect present to send to a special child. Lift the flaps to reveal a big kite, a bouncy ball, and a mask! But nothing seems quite right...until Christmas Eve, when Santa finds the perfect gift to leave under the tree. With lift-the-flaps throughout and a touch and feel element on the last page, this holiday tale is perfect for parents to read with their little ones.

Peekaboo! in the Jungle! book
#25
Peekaboo! in the Jungle!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Peekaboo! Who's hiding in the jungle? Lift the flap to find out!Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills – and simply joining in!

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