The best lift-the-flap and pop-up books for children

These colourful pop-up and lift-the-flap books for kids will keep even the most energetic little ones entertained.

28/05/2021
3 minutes to read
Books covers for Eco arriors, Cat's Cookbook and Dear Zoo against the background of an illustrated blue sky

Babies and young children can find it hard to focus on a book when there are so many exciting things to explore in the world around them, but these pop-up and lift-the-flap books for children will keep curious minds engaged for hours. Featuring much-loved characters from award-winning authors and illustrators, plenty of surprises to find and bright, colourful illustrations, these books are a joy to read together again and again.

For more inspiration, discover our edit of the best baby books and most wonderful books for toddlers. Don't miss the best picture books for children for more wonderful stories to share together. 

Lift-the-flap and pop-up books for babies and toddlers

Who's at the Zoo?

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Who's at the Zoo?

The elephant is fast asleep and the tiger is playing with her cubs, but where are those cunning thieves, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len? Based on Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' bestselling picture book, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, preschool children will love lifting the large card flaps to find all their favourite characters. With bright and colourful illustrations and a flap to lift on every page, this interactive board book is packed full of favourite zoo animals and is perfect for little fingers!

I'm Hungry!

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for I'm Hungry!

This fun animal story from the creator of Dear Zoo is sure to delight young children, with touch-and-feel patches, flaps to lift and a surprise pop-up ending. The hungry mouse likes eating cheese, the rabbit likes carrots and the monkey likes bananas – but what about the hungry tiger? Are you brave enough to turn the page and find out? With touch-and-feel patches so you can feel mouse's ear and stroke rabbit's fur, flaps to lift and a brilliant pop-up ending, I'm Hungry! is perfect for preschoolers.

Cat's Cookbook

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Cat's Cookbook

Cat wants to learn to cook. Will she find a book to help her in Acorn Library? Lift the flaps to find out, and then join Cat and all her friends for a special surprise! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, Cat's Cookbook joins the first four stories in the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood series, Fox's Socks, Postman Bear, Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig, which have been delighting parents and children for over twenty years.

Look After Us

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Look After Us

Toddlers will love lifting the flaps to meet elephants, tigers, orangutans and more in this board book about endangered animals from the creator of the bestselling Dear Zoo. With bright, bold artwork and a positive message about how to look after our world and the animals in it, this is the perfect introduction to conservation for young children. 

Busy Recycle

by Campbell Books

Book cover for Busy Recycle

Help to clean up the Earth by pushing, pulling and sliding the tabs in Busy Recycle. Children will love helping to recycle waste, reusing materials to make a rocket and seeing the recycling truck do its work. This is one of the best children’s books about the environment for starting to educate little ones about the importance of recycling. 

Eco Warriors

by Nila Aye

Book cover for Eco Warriors

Push, pull and slides the tabs to discover the environmental heroes who are changing our world for the better. Full of fun facts and bright illustrations, this board book will teach toddlers all about Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough and more. 

The Pop-Up Dear Zoo

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for The Pop-Up Dear Zoo

This pop-up book for children is based on Rod Campbell’s classic story, Dear Zoo. With its bold, colourful illustrations and a pop-up zoo animal to discover as you turn every page, The Pop-Up Dear Zoo is sure to become a firm favourite with animal-loving little ones.

Busy Fire Station

by Campbell Books

Book cover for Busy Fire Station

In Busy Fire Station little hands can have lots of fun pulling, pushing and pulling the mechanisms. Help the firefighters slide down the pole, drive the fire engine and put out the fire. Children will love this bright, colourful board book with lots of interesting things to spot.

Discover all the books in the Busy Book series.

My Magical Sea Unicorn

by Campbell Books

Book cover for My Magical Sea Unicorn

Go on a magical underwater adventure with a helpful sea unicorn! Little ones will be engaged and entertained by the push, pull and turn mechanisms and the sparkly foil cover wheel, and gentle rhyming text and colourful illustrations make this a pleasure to read together.  

Discover the other books in the My Magical series.


Lift-the-flap books for children aged 3 – 5 years old

Dear Zoo

by Rod Campbell

Book cover for Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. Little ones will love lifting the flaps to discover which animals the zoo has sent – but will the perfect pet ever arrive?

Keep little Dear Zoo fans entertained with these Dear Zoo activities for kids.

There's an Owl in My Towel

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for There's an Owl in My Towel

This rhyming lift-the-flap book by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb will delight children and parents alike. Little ones will giggle along as they lift the flaps and discover the naughty animals as they thwart the baby’s every activity, including a mole disrupting his breakfast, and an owl borrowing his towel!

Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Who's on the Farm? A What the Ladybird Heard Book

Head down to the farm and meet a cast of characters in this lift-the-flap book inspired by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ bestselling story, What the Ladybird Heard. Children will love lifting the flaps on each page of this board book to find the animals hidden beneath, and looking out for where the little ladybird might be!

Meerkat Mail

by Emily Gravett

Book cover for Meerkat Mail

This brilliant picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Emily Gravett has wonderfully witty artwork and a giant postcard flap to lift on every page. Sunny the meerkat lives with his very large family in the Kalahari desert. One day Sunny decides it’s just too crowded and packs his bags. He visits his mongoose cousins around the world, but Sunny just doesn’t quite seem to fit in . . .

Super Space

by Lon Lee

Book cover for Super Space

Children can discover the wonders of the stars, planets and the moon in this First Facts and Flaps book. With over thirty flaps, a turn and learn wheel and a giant fold-out ending, this novelty book encourages children to learn as they play. All the facts are age-appropriate and checked by Jacqueline Mitton, an experienced astronomer and former editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Society.

Discover all the books in the First Facts and Flaps series.


Pop-up books for kids aged 3 – 5 years old

Enchanted Castle

by Yu-hsuan Huang

Book cover for Enchanted Castle

This magical pop-up storybook has twenty-five play pieces so children can join in with the adventure! Princess Sophia has fallen asleep, and it’s up to her friends Lucy, Lilia and Lottie to make sure she wakes up in time for her wedding to Prince Ethan. This stunning pop-up book comes with a special envelope to keep the play pieces safe, and a pretty ribbon closure.

Discover the other books in the Pop-up Carousel series.

Mermaid Kingdom

by Ag Jatkowska

Book cover for Mermaid Kingdom

A brilliant gift for mermaid-loving little ones, this interactive book features three pop-up underwater scenes, plus twenty-five play pieces. Children will love finding all of the deep sea details in Ag Jatkowska’s illustrations and creating their own stories with the book’s cast of mermaid characters.

Fairy Forest

by Ag Jatkowska

Book cover for Fairy Forest

Enter the secret world of fairies as they plan a special birthday party in this pop-up book for children. With three pop-up play scenes and lots of fairy character play pieces for kids to create their own magical tales, this interactive story will enthral young readers time and again.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carousel Book

by Lewis Carroll

Book cover for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carousel Book

With six pop-up spreads depicting classic scenes from the book, including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Alice meeting the Cheshire Cat, this pop-up book is a perfect way to introduce Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic to young readers. Fans of the original story will love spotting their favourite characters in the book’s full-colour illustrated scenes, which have been adapted from Sir John Tenniel’s original artwork.