Book of the Week — Robert Sabuda’s Christmas Pop Ups

December 6, 2007

If you don’t have any Robert Sabuda pop-up books in your library, Christmas is a perfect time to acquire one. Pop up books are generally non-stop fascination for children and Sabuda’s are no exception. Children can’t get enough of them. And neither can adults. These aren’t the pop-up books we grew up with. They’re a whole new level of intricacy and details. A whole new level of cool.

Mr. Sabuda has several winter/Christmas themed options.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Winter’s Tale

The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Alphabet

You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

And speaking of super-cool pop-up books. Look what Ralph is getting for Christmas:

Star Wars Pop-up Guide by Matthew Reinhart (one of Mr. Sabuda’s pop-up colleagues).

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marie December 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Ooooo, I am debating getting the Star Wars Pop-up Book. My son is only 4, but obsessed with Star Wars. So is his Dad. Okay, it’s now on the list again. Thanks for the little push!


2 Sarah December 6, 2007 at 4:57 pm

The Christmas Alphabet has been my favorite Christmas book for many years! Robert Sabuda is AMAZING!


3 Lindsey December 6, 2007 at 7:40 pm

We have read some of the books in school, and the popups are absolutely awesome! It’s hard to imagine that they can actually popup, they look so complicated, but so totally AWESOME!!!


4 Amy December 6, 2007 at 7:44 pm

We have Winter’s Tale and The 12 Days of Christmas. They are always a hit. I also bought Mommy? (Sendak, Yorinks, Reinhart) last Halloween and it has ended up being an all year round book.


5 Fairlightday December 6, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Love Mr. Sabuda’s books! We have “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “A Winter’s Tale.” My 4 year oldmakes me read them year round. :)


6 Lizzy December 6, 2007 at 8:44 pm

i think a lucky little girl in my house will get the 12 Days of Christmas from grandma. i love how elegant it is for a pop up book.


7 100 Percent Cottam December 6, 2007 at 10:06 pm

these books are AMAZING! i definitely need to add one of these to my collection – it would blow the kids’ minds!


8 Mom in Mendon December 7, 2007 at 12:05 am

Sabuda looks so artistic and beautiful.


9 MB December 7, 2007 at 1:04 am

I saw those Sabuda books at Costco this week!


10 emmyjw December 7, 2007 at 10:03 am

Those books are so wonderful! Also,thanks for the awesome marketplace discounts and links, my soon to be 3 year old ballerina is going to have the best b-day ever when she gets her tutu rose skirt from Polka dot Platypus! Your blog is the best!


11 Leah December 7, 2007 at 12:29 pm

I went to a Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda book signing last weekend at Books of Wonder. It was so much fun…both were so nice! Matthew drew either a little head of Darth Vader or Boba Fett with his signature. Even my husband is getting one. When he saw the ones I ordered for his nephews, he asked if he could look at it! And I have Sabuda’s Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and new Chronicles of Narnia for myself. They’re amazing.


12 brenda December 9, 2007 at 7:24 pm

We read/sing Robert Sabuda’s 12 Days of Christmas book almost every night now – my 4 year old daughter has all 12 days memorized cold – his work is amazing!


13 Kimberly December 11, 2007 at 12:44 pm

ooooh! Thanks! We have started a collection of children’s Christmas books, the idea being that each evening in December we read a different one, leading up to Christmas Eve and the biblical account. We only have 12 right now, and no pop-ups! I must add one to our collection. Visit me at


14 Knitterista December 11, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I just got the popup book called “One Red Dot” by David A. Carter for my baby boy for Christmas. It is so modern cool and the shapes are awesome for his development. You could almost set this one out on a coffee table on display.


15 Jackie October 12, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Try A Child’s Life at Christmas Time It is really a beautiful book. All about doing family things At Christmas


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