Favorite Books with Flaps

favorite lift-the-flap books

It wasn’t that long ago I was thinking about how books with flaps were kind of redundant.  I mean why not just have another page?  I don’t think anyone would deny their basic value to babies obsessed with peek-a-boo, but for older kids?  Not necessary.  Then recently we discovered some great ones and it reminded me of other great ones.  When they are good they create further interactions with the book and add suspense.  They invite your child to make discoveries.  When they are great they can do even more!  It made me realize that flaps, folds, and die-cut pages when utilized and executed thoughtfully and creatively can really add value and richness to a story and a picture book reading experience.

Fun Kids Books with Flaps, Folds, and Die-cut Pages

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This classic book was our first very positive experience with flaps.  It’s about a child who writes to the zoo for a pet and how each pet must be sent back for one reason or another.  Your child lifts the flap or opens the container to discover the animal inside.  Now that they know the story my kids enjoy finishing the sentence on each page.

This next one I shared before in this post.  It inspired lots of beautiful oops’s in our house!  Each page shows a spill, rip, or other accident transforming into something beautiful.  I find it to be a lesson in creativity AND in life itself!

Check out the video trailer…

Here is another more recent discovery.  And along with its sequel, There Are No Cats in This Book.  It uses flaps and die-cut pages in fun, funny, and unpredictable ways.  These cats want to play with you!  They might tire you out.  They certainly tire themselves out and are ready for a nap at the end of the story.

Check out the video trailer…

This one we discovered on vacation and I like it for two reasons!  Its educational use of flaps and because it is about birds!  A little girl goes bird watching with her grandfather.  Many birds are identified and described.  Flaps are a natural fit for bird watching.  The grandfather spots a bird and you help the little girl locate it by lifting the flap!

I love Petr Horacek books!  This recent one uses die-cut pages just here and there to enhance the telling of this clever love story.  Two worms become knotted together so must learn to get along out of necessity.  What happens when they are suddenly separated?  Read the book!

My daughter is obsessed with this book!  Each page has a different die-cut shape cut out of it and when these pages are layered together they create different animals!  The magic of this book is its simplicity and how the layers create almost step-by-step instructions.  We love Lois Ehlert’s books and collage art.  Another great one that uses die-cut shapes is Hands: Growing up to Be an Artist.

Here is a fun new one about ups and downs.  It uses just 3 flaps to enhance this fun story about comparisons and elevation.

And finally a new wordless picture book that uses flaps to animate a synchronized dance.  This book is styled beautifully.  Have you seen it?

Here is the animated trailer…

Want more?  Check out this very comprehensive “Lift the Flap” book list from Goodreads here!

“Lift the Flap” books remind me a little of interactive picture book apps and I wonder if this new medium is helping to create a surge in creativity when it comes to how we envision interacting with paper books too!

Do you have a favorite book with flaps or die-cut pages I missed?  Please share!



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  1. Before I even saw your post, I said to myself “Dear Zoo”! lol I must admit I haven’t seen many of these before before. We just loved flap books in our house and most of them have weathered the wear and tear surprisingly well.

    I’d love for you to link this post into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. It’s not live right now, but it will be at Midnight EST. :-)
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    • Oh great I was hoping there would be some books that were new to some! Thanks Renee! I think they are making lift-the-flap books a lot more durable now.

  2. This made me wonder why flap books annoyed me, and I realized I get stressed out by them bc kids get all excited about flaps and paper levers and things and they inevitably get ripped. It’s a stress I can work through, though, because my kids have always loved them. In fact, Christian has to read Dear Zoo to Beckett every single night before bed. It’s beaten out Goodnight Gorilla as his new fave.
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    • I always have a little stack of books to repair!

      My daughter, when she was about 2 discovered a flap that wasn’t perfectly secured and decided to tear EVERY flap in one of those Karen Katz books. Babies and their mischief!

    • Thanks Mia and thanks for the recommendations! The Robert Crowthers ones I don’t know and look great!

  3. My son just loves flap books-the more things to pull, push, move the better. We are discovering a whole new flap book world now! We especially enjoy the Maisie books as they often come in flap book versions. So glad you shared this via the Kid Lit Blog Hop-there’s a couple of new ones on your list I need to check out!
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    • My kids love love love to read the same books over and over. I think that is why it is so important to have a home library! Thanks Julie!

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