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Lift-the-flaps: Books For Kids

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!

Top 10 Books About Lift-the-flaps

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

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.

Flora and the Ostrich book
#4
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.

What's That Noise? Toot! Toot! book
#5
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.

What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! book
#6
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.

Numbers book
#7
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.

Miss Bunny's Shapes book
#8
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.

Farm (Wheels at Work) book
#9
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!

Who's at Home? book
#10
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.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Counting

Numbers book
#1
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.

Look Look book
#2
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.

Where Are the Bears? book
#3
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.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The World-Famous Book of Counting - 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

  2. Learn with Me! Numbers - Early learners can practice their counting skills with this vibrant and rewarding flap book. Readers can have hours of fun lifting the flaps and reading the words and numbers. The design and interactivity of the book means that young children won't even realize they're actually learning!

  3. 123 Lift & Learn - Introduce preschool children to basic concepts like counting with 1, 2 ,3 Lift & Learn, a bold, colorful, new lap book. With a large format perfect for sharing and reading aloud, 123Lift & Learn is a wonderful way to introduce your toddler to numbers and counting! Filled with bold, bright illustrations and engaging paper flaps, this book is made to explore together and discover the numbers hiding underneath each colorful illustration. Kids will be delighted to lift and learn, easy as 1, 2, 3! The Lap Board Concepts series from Walter Foster Jr. is the perfect way to introduce toddlers to the early concepts of reading, counting, and problem solving. With a colorful, contemporary style, this traditional lift-the-flap learning book will help preschool children learn shapes, numbers, and colors in an entertaining, exciting new way. Bold, colorful illustrations entice young readers (and listeners!) to flip through the pages again and again, each time with a new understanding of each shape, color, or number. A thoughtful gift for preschoolers that can be kept, handed down, and treasured for many years to come.

  4. Counting Things - Learn to count to ten with Little Mouse! This cute board book features a large lift-flap on every page, making learning to count easy and fun! With stylish retro-modern illustrations this is the perfect introduction to counting for young children.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Animals

Dear Zoo book
#1
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.

Who's at Home? book
#2
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.

Gotta Go, Buffalo book
#3
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!”

Honorable Mentions
  1. What's That Noise? Toot! Toot! - "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.

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

  3. My First Peek-a-Boo Animals - Lift the flaps to discover the animals being described.

  4. What's That Noise? Tap! Tap! - "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.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Trucks

The Construction Crew book
#1
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!

What's That Noise? Choo! Choo! book
#2
What's That Noise? Choo! Choo!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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

Rapid Responders book
#3
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!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Construction - Digging, pushing, mixing and tipping! Lift the flap to see each vehicle busy at work.

  2. Delivery Trucks! - This truck-shaped, lift-the-flap board book about delivery trucks packs in all kinds of surprises. Beep! Beep! Look who’s driving down the road. It’s the Delivery Trucks! We deliver all kinds of different things to all kinds of different places. Take a look and see what’s inside! Welcome to Delivery Truck Central! Buckle up for a surprise delivery in this lift-the-flap story about trucks and all the special things they carry from town to town! It’s a green light to explore. From the mail truck, car transporter, pet adoption truck, and more, each spread is filled with special deliveries for readers to find under multiple lift-the-flaps. With inviting truck characters on each page, little ones will love finding surprises hidden in each spread as they learn more about trucks…and the important deliveries they make—two things that go, go, go great together.

  3. Emergency - Rescuing, fetching, lifting and towing! Lift the flap to see each vehicle busy at work. Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

  4. Food Trucks! - This truck-shaped, lift-the-flap board book combines food with things that go for a novelty that has more than gears under the hood. Go on a culinary adventure with this exciting new lift-the-flap book that serves as an amuse-bouche introduction to different types of food from around the world. From the standard burger and taco truck to Japanese, Italian, Indian, and Chinese (with a health food and ice cream, too), this parking lot is filled with good eats for readers to find under every flap. With inviting truck characters on each page, little ones will love flipping through the visual menus hidden in each spread as they learn more about food…and about trucks—two things that go, go, go great together to make a well-balanced book.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Animal Sounds

What's That Noise? Snap! Snap! book
#1
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.

If You See a Cow book
#2
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.

Do Crocs Kiss? book
#3
Do Crocs Kiss?
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Do crocs cry? Do crocs clap? All I know is crocs go . . . SNAP! This novelty board book, with fun text and colorful illustrations, features adorable lions, tigers, and bears, as well as the snappy title reptile and other favorite creatures. Kids will happily lift the flap on each big animal “mouth” to discover what sound it makes. For a grand finale, all the animals appear together peering out from behind two gatefolds, so children can sneak a peek and say all the sounds again!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Can You Say It, Too? Tweet! Tweet! - Lift the flaps to reveal the animal and learn its noise in this fun and interactive series. Children will love spotting the bird, lifting the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then making its noise in this latest book in the Can You Say It, Too? series. Sturdy flaps and simple text combine with friendly artwork to make a fantastic first book that is great for sharing with children who are just starting to talk.

  2. Can You Say It, Too? Cheep! Cheep! - Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big recessed flaps, and a host of adorable animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book series for the very young.

  3. Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! - Sturdy flaps and simple texts combine with friendly artwork to make this a fantastic first book for children who are just starting to talk. As all parents know, little children just love to be asked to make animal sounds. So a flap book in which they can spot the animal’s tail, lift the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then make its noise is guaranteed to be a winner!

  4. Can You Say It, Too? Hoot! Hoot! - Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big, recessed flaps, and a host of nighttime animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book for the very young.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Opposites

Flora and the Ostrich book
#1
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.

I Say, You Say Opposites! book
#2
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!

Opposite Surprise book
#3
Opposite Surprise
Written and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Everyone knows the sun is hot. But open the flaps in this book and you may find a chilly surprise instead! Each spread of this cleverly designed board book reveals a surprising opposite that makes for a truly original way for toddlers to learn about words and concepts. Whether it be hot or cold, clean or dirty, slow or fast, this book has you covered at least until you open the flaps."

Honorable Mentions
  1. Opposite Things - Learn your first opposites with Little Mouse! This cute board book features a large lift-flap on every spread. Essential first concept learning for stylish families to share.

  2. Animal Opposites - Celebrated illustrator Petr Horácek offers a pop-up introduction to opposites with the help of a variety of creatures. Turn the pages, lift the flaps, and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring the world of opposites to life. From slow snail to fast cheetah, heavy hippo to light butterfly, smooth frog to prickly porcupine, Petr Horácek’s brightly colored pop-up animals and interactive flaps make early learning irresistible and fun.

  3. Contrary Dogs - Lift the flaps to learn about opposites from the lovable dogs in this humorous board book. A small green dog runs across the page -- but a lift of the accordion flap stretches him out into a long, lanky pup. Dogs of all shapes and sizes transform into surprising new forms in this vibrant, interactive play on opposites.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Food

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

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!

Mr. Monkey's Numbers book
#2
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.

What's Up Tiger?: Food book
#3
What's Up Tiger?: Food
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What are the animals up to? There are lots of clues to help us decide, and we can lift the flap to see if we’re right.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Grandpa and Me - Let's make a pizza with Grandpa! You can help. Lift the large, sturdy flaps to find everything you need.

  2. Gingerbread Baby - Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale. It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti’s mother and father, the dog and the cat. And a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way. But Matti’s not with them. He’s at home in the borders making what turns out to be a gingerbread house into which the Gingerbread Baby runs. Only Matti knows he is safely inside. And readers will too when they look under the lift-the-flap gingerbread house at the end of the story, and there he is!

  3. Ping-Ping Panda's Bamboo Journey - Join Ping-Ping Panda and her hummingbird friend as they search for tasty treats! Ping-Ping Panda is searching for some tasty leaves with the help of her hummingbird friend, but as they roam through the forest, all they find are other animals' favorite foods. Will Ping-Ping find something to satisfy her rumbling tummy? Help Ping-Ping and her friends explore the forest in this interactive story with flaps to lift and colorful, detailed scenes by best-selling nature illustrator Maurice Pledger.

  4. Spot Bakes a Cake - Celebrate summer with Spot and his friends in these brand-new lift-the- flap editions! Kids can still lift the flaps to bake a cake and to spend time with Spot and his grandparents, but now their favorite puppy will be featured in a colorful new design. For the first time since their publication, these two lift-the-flaps will have full-color covers and spines.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Babies

Hatch book
#1
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.

Looking Good! book
#2
Looking Good!
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

Feeling Great! book
#3
Feeling Great!
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

Honorable Mentions
  1. On the Go! - Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

  2. Baby's Big Busy Book - From beloved author-illustrator Karen Katz comes a brand-new busy book filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more! Follow along throughout the day as Baby wakes up, eats, and gets ready to play! This jumbo-sized busy book featuring Karen Katz’s bright and colorful artwork is jam-packed with interactive activities that are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained. It’s a must-have for every Karen Katz collection!

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Farm

Farm (Wheels at Work) book
#1
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!

Tug a Tail Farm Animals book
#2
Tug a Tail Farm Animals
Written and illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Children will learn about different farm animals in a fun and interactive way. Just pull the tab to slide the page open and you'll find the animal that matches each tail.

Who's Hiding on the Farm? book
#3
Who's Hiding on the Farm?
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Katharine McEwen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

There are lots of animals on the farm. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore behind bushes, hay bales, and barn doors to discover lots of interesting facts about farmyard animals. With spreads that take readers through all four seasons, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Peekaboo! on the Farm! - Peekaboo! Who's hiding on the farm? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills – and simply joining in!

  2. Farm - 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!

  3. Maisy's Farm - Maisy takes preschoolers to her pop-up farm for hours of fun! What's more fun than a day on the farm? A day on the farm with Maisy! Maisy's Farm is an amazing three-dimensional pop-up farm full of things to do and animals to love. The sturdy stand-up Maisy figure has arms that move and a tractor to ride in. Children will love to help Maisy milk the cow, collect the eggs, tend to the vegetable patch, and more! With twenty-six full-color press-out pieces and loads of flaps to lift and tabs to pull, there's no end to the fun on Maisy's farm.

  4. Where Does Pig Live? - Where Does Pig Live? is a novelty board book for toddlers that takes them around the farm to look for Big Pig's home, and to meet lots of farm characters on the way. Slide the doors open, and lift up the flaps to discover who lives where, until, finally, Big Pig comes to a place that looks familiar, and smells like home! With its repetitive text that encourages participation, its satisfying sliders and flaps, and its characterful illustrations, this chunky board book is sure to become a hit with little ones aged 18 months to three years old.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Fact Filled

Paper World: Planet Earth book
#1
Paper World: Planet Earth
Written and illustrated by Bomboland
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

This guide to our planet shows paper being engineered like never before. Paper World: Planet Earth uses ingenious paper cutouts to reveal the amazing details of our planet, from bubbling volcanoes to rushing rivers to the boiling hot interior of the Earth. With detailed art by studio Bomboland, a fact-filled text, and flaps and die-cuts on every spread, this one-of-a-kind novelty book will appeal to readers of all ages.

Who's Hiding at the Beach? book
#2
Who's Hiding at the Beach?
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Katharine McEwen, Nosy Crow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

There are lots of creatures at the beach. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, shells, and seaweed to find out lots of interesting facts about seaside wildlife. This is the perfect introduction to the outdoors.

Slide-N-Seek Earth book
#3
Slide-N-Seek Earth
Written and illustrated by David Miles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Explore a new and exciting way to learn about what’s happening underground with this interactive Slide-N-Seek book. With a turn of the wheel, you’ll see colorful images transform before your very eyes. But don’t stop there, look closer and you’ll discover hidden images throughout every page. Kids will love this fun and educational format while learning about fascinating objects along the way.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ocean - How do fish breathe? Why is the ocean salty? Why is a whale not a fish? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this brilliant interactive lift-the-flap fact book. Embark on an epic journey under the sea looking for fish and other ocean creatures beneath the waves, learn what shells are for, find out which sea creatures are the most dangerous, and take a closer look at a coral reef. This fascinating fact-filled book is the perfect introduction to life under the sea.

  2. Little Explorers: Dinosaurs - Introducing another book in the LITTLE EXPLORERS series, an interactive nonfiction series for curious youngsters. With more than 30 flaps, DINOSAURS provides little ones with hands-on fun! DINOSAURS is a lively introduction to all types of prehistoric dinos. Children can lift the flaps to learn about these amazing dinosaurs and the environments they used to live in, and they will be amazed as they find out all about the biggest, fastest, and most ferocious dinosaurs, and much, much more. This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming, kid-friendly artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Bedtime

Tuck Me In! book
#1
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.

Good Night, Pepe & Millie book
#2
Good Night, Pepe & Millie
Written and illustrated by YaYo Kawamura
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s bedtime for Pepe and Millie! They put away their toys, brush their teeth, and change into pajamas. With fun sliders and lift-the-flaps, toddlers will love to help Pepe and Millie get ready for bed.

Hide-and-Sleep book
#3
Hide-and-Sleep
Written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Lizi Boyd brings her whimsical touch to a new series for the very youngest readers. In this first book, sturdy die-cut pages that children can flip back and forth reveal the fun details and actions of a menagerie of adorable animals that aren't quite ready for bed. Can you see where they are hiding? Whether for storytime, laptime, or bedtime, the buoyant colors, silly story, and playful interactive format will keep toddlers captivated.

Honorable Mentions
  1. B Is for Bedtime! - Sesame Street's Elmo helps toddlers get ready for bedtime. Girls and boys ages 1 to 3 can lift more than 30 fun flaps while they follow Elmo and his little cousins through this sturdy interactive board book. It's the perfect mix of fun and learning for bedtime reading!

  2. Who Is Sleeping? - In a pair of bright lift-the-flap books full of animals, author-illustrator Petr Horácek gets little ones thinking with simple questions and easy concepts. Who is sleeping in the tree? Who is sleeping under the leaf? What about in the river? Children can say good night to several animals before settling down for a slumber of their own.

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Books About Lift-the-flaps and Christmas

Dear Santa book
#1
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.

First Stories: Nutcracker book
#2
First Stories: Nutcracker
Written by and illustrated by Dan Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Push, pull, and slide into the holiday magic of The Nutcracker! Bring the classic Nutcracker story to life by pulling the tabs, spinning the wheels, and sliding the characters in First Stories: The Nutcracker. Join Clara and the Nutcracker as they go on a magical journey in this beloved tale based on the beautiful ballet. With movements on every page, youngsters will love this engaging introduction to the holiday classic.

The Christmas Elf Countdown! book
#3
The Christmas Elf Countdown!
Written by Random House and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A busy team of elves help the other residents of the North Pole prepare for Christmas in this board book with flaps to lift.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Corduroy's Christmas - A holiday story starring the classic teddy bear beloved by children for 50 years Celebrate Christmas with everyone’s favorite bear and this charming lift-the-flap book. Join in all of Corduroy’s holiday activities, from trimming the tree to baking Christmas cookies. Discover the magic of Christmas with Corduroy in this festive tale, perfect for even the youngest reader.

  2. What I Love about Christmas - This irresistible board book--with a pop-up, pull-tabs, flaps to lift, and wheels to turn--captures both the excitement of Christmas and the joys of being with family for the holiday. There's a festive flurry as a bear family makes presents, bakes cookies, decorates their tree, and visits Santa, but most important of all: "What I love about Christmas / is time with YOU!" Every spread has at least one interactive element, and a beautiful final pop-up shows the bear family snuggled together.

  3. Jingle Bells at the Zoo - Get ready for a festive celebration at the zoo in this Christmas lift-the-flap adventure featuring zoo animals getting ready for the holiday! Welcome to Jingle Bells at the Zoo! Where the animals celebrate Christmas, too! It’s Christmastime at the zoo, and the animals are ready to celebrate. Lift the flaps to discover how the animals prepare for the most magical night of the year! From monkeys decorating the Christmas tree to parrots lining up to see Santa, little ones will love lifting the sturdy flaps to reveal these animals enjoying the Christmas season!

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Epilogue

8 books that are just too good to leave off of our lift-the-flaps list.

  1. Where's the Dog? - Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of friendly pets hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book's search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.

  2. Choo-Choo Colors - 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).

  3. Main Street Magic - Welcome to Main Street! Visit the bakery, fish market, hair salon, museum, and circus, lifting flaps to make extraordinary discoveries as you wander through this small town. Peer through the die-cut windows of the bakery to admire its mouthwatering croissants, then lift the gatefold to waltz inside where there are additional flaps—and marvelous delicacies—to uncover. Oh, but wait! There's so much more to explore. With adorable, retro illustrations and smart novelty bookmaking, there's always a whimsical surprise just around the corner.

  4. Sophie La Girafe: Hide and Seek - Where did Sophie go? Help your little reader find their favorite toy in Sophie la girafe: Hide and Seek. This chunky, beautifully illustrated board book features six easy-to-grab tabs and flaps that keep children entertained as they play hide and seek with Sophie and her friends around her house. With more than fifty million sold, Sophie la girafe, the wildly popular toy from France, is a fixture in nurseries all over the world — and now baby's favorite toy is baby's favorite story collection.

  1. Bottoms Up! - A lift-the-flap book for the very young Name that bottom! We all recognize these creatures, but not from the back. A charming and funny lift-the-flap book. Each flap reveals a new view of the creature whose bottom is featured on each page, with a friendly hello. Duck, monkey, pig, zebra. elephant—each page creates an amusing guessing game for readers young and old.

  2. Peekaboo - Children will love to play peekaboo with the adorable animals in this interactive board book See who's hiding behind each flap as different animals appear from behind their paws (or wings). One by one you can uncover these beautifully rendered animals, and at the end you'll find a special surprise. See if you can find . . . a fox, a bear, a cat, a porcupine, a dog, a pig, an owl, and . . . you!

  3. Hello, Mr Dinosaur! - Little ones will love saying 'hello' to a whole host of friendly dinosaurs in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Sam Boughton's vibrant illustrations bring facts to life with deft humour and memorable comparisons. With big flaps to lift and a fantastic double gatefold on the final spread, this book is sure to go down a storm with young readers.

  4. Little Friends: Happy Birthday - 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.

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