Best Kids Books About Lift-the-flaps

4 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!

The World-Famous Book of Counting book
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

Tuck Me In! book
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.

Gingerbread Baby book
Gingerbread Baby
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Main Street Magic book
Main Street Magic
Written and illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

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.

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