Who doesn’t love a pop-up book? Talk about page turners! Here’s a unique selection of books that focus on what goes into creating pop-ups and movable books. Grab some supplies and get popping!
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Some of these books were written awhile ago, but they still have great content! Let me know if you have a favorite book about Pop-Ups, and I’ll consider adding it to the next Best-of-List.
|The Elements of Pop-UP
David Carter and James Diaz, 1999This book literally shows you how to create every aspect of a pop-up, and it’s a pop-up book itself. All sorts of paper engineering feats are exhibited within the pages. Lift a flap, turn a wheel, pull a tab, flip a page and make magic happen! This book is extra special because you can peek ‘behind the pages’ to see how the mechanisms work. Carter and Diaz have created hundreds of pop-up books over the years and have won numerous awards for their ingenuity with paper.
Duncan Birmingham, 2010
This book is aimed at paper engineers at any level. The basic rules of pop-ups are discussed and illustrated, and Birmingham breaks paper engineering down into 18 underlying structures. Problem solving is an integral part of his approach – I find it comforting to know that the author is a real teacher who has discovered most of the mistakes! If you work through the exercises in this book, you are sure to become an expert. There are fourteen project templates in the back of the book to cut out and create that demonstrate how to build complex pop-up designs.
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