2006 Michigan Notable Book - Winter's Tale by Robert Sabuda, Simon and Schuster.

pair of wolves from a Sabuda pop-up book imageOver the last 20 years, Robert Sabuda has greatly influenced the world of pop-up books, helping bring new energy to the genre as well as widening the reach and content of these fascinating books.  His beautiful book, Winter’s Tale, was named a Michigan Notable Book in 2006 for good reason.  
As a kid Robert Sabuda started his journey into engineering pop-up books in his room in Pinckney, Michigan,  exploring every possible art medium, no matter how messy.  During that time, books and reading were such an integral part of his family’s life, that he doesn’t even remember learning to read.  His first experience with pop-up books was in his dentists’ waiting room, while he fearfully anticipated a filling.  The book so fascinated him, that he forgot all about the filling in his excitement to try his hand at this newly discovered art form.  Soon his mother was bringing him discarded file folders from work to provide him affordable and appropriate materials for his experiments.  Eventually, Sabuda went to Pratt Institute in New York City to study art and became a children’s book illustrator.  As he began to write his own stories and illustrate them, Sabuda also started to consider how he could incorporate pop-ups into his illustrations.  At the time, there were no instruction books or teachers.  He brought his own pop-up books down from the shelf and studied them to teach himself. 
Since the time Sabuda started teaching himself, many other paper engineers have also come on the scene, creating a new world of engineering feats, all packed between the two covers of a book.  Other  artists inspired and influenced Sabuda, like David Carter, of Bugs in a Box fame.  Sabuda credits Carter with keeping the pop-up world alive, as Sabuda was just entering.  Sabuda has also collaborated with other pop-up artists, and now partners regularly with Matthew Reinhart.
Pop-up books are a delight to kids and adults, bringing words and ideas into fascinating action with each turn of the page.  They can also be important teaching tools, which not only convey information, but create in even the reluctant reader interest first in the action of the book and then in the information.  They help all sorts of readers engage with books in ways they might not do with plain text.  Robert Sabuda’s book Winter’s Tale (2006 Michigan Notable Book) does exactly that.  Using simple text and magnificent moving scenes, Sabuda introduces readers to the wintertime activities of forest animals, and the beautiful, seldom-seen details of lives of animals.  While two-dimensional illustrations can be beautiful and engaging, the pop-ups bring the scenes to life in new ways.  The reader can follow and watch as mice burrow down in a hollow tree, or a bear lunges into the river, only to see his breakfast fish escape and swim away. 
You can learn more about Robert Sabuda at his website.
You can learn more about the use of pop-up books in literacy development in Pop-up books: A guide for Teachers and Librarians by Nancy Bluemel, Libraries Unlimited, 2012.

Robert Sabuda has written, illustrated and/or engineered many, many books.  Here is a chronological list of most of his works.

  • Sabuda, Robert. Magic Carpet. New York: Modern Pub., 1987.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Fire Engine. New York: Modern Pub., 1987.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Tugboat. New York: Modern Pub., 1987.
  • Coco, Eugene. The Fiddler’s Son. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. San Diego: Green Tiger Press, 1988.
  • Coco, Eugene.   The Wishing Well. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda.  San Diego: Green Tiger Press, 1988.
  • Thoreau, Henry David.  Walden. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Philomel, 1990.
  • Whitman, Walt.  I Hear America Singing. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Philomel, 1991.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick. Earth Verses and Water Rhymes. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Atheneum, 1991.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Saint Valentine. New York: Atheneum, 1992.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Log of Christopher Columbus. New York: Philomel, 1992.
  • Owen, Roy. The Ibis and the Egret. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Philomel, 1993.
  • Levy, Constance. The Tree Place and Other Poems. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Atheneum, 1994.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Tutankhamen’s Gift. New York: Atheneum, 1994.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Christmas Alphabet. New York: Orchard Books, 1994.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Creepy, Crawly Halloween Fright: a Pop-up Book. Long Beach, CA: Troll, 1994.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Mummy’s Tomb. New York: Artist and Writers Guild, 1994.
  • Sabuda, Robert.  The Knight’s Castle.  New York: Artists and Writers Guild, 1994.
  • Sabuda, Robert.  Arthur and the Sword. New York: Atheneum, 1995.
  • Williams, Nancy. A Kwanzaa Celebration: A Pop-up Book. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Help the Animals of Africa: A Pop-up Book. New York: Reader’s Digest, 1995.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Help the Animals of Asia: A pop-up Book. New York: Reader’s Digest, 1995.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Help the Animals of North America: A Pop-Up Book. New York: Reader’s Digest, 1995.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Help the Animals of South America: A Pop-Up Book. New York: Reader’s Digest, 1995.
  • Coco, Eugene. Tommy Stays up Late. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Modern Pub., 1995.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The 12 Days of Christmas. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.
  • Davol, Marguerite W. The Paper Dragon. New York: Atheneum, 1997.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • Sabuda, Robert. ABC Disney Pop-up. New York: Disney Press, 1998.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Blizzard’s Robe. New York: Anthemeum, 1999.
  • Sabuda, Robert.  The Movable Mother Goose. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
  • Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Thomas, Pamela. Brooklyn Pops Up.  Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Young Naturalist’s Pop-up Handbook. Butterflies. New York: Hyperion, 2001.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Young Naturalist’s Pop-up Handbook. Beetles. New York: Hyperion, 2001.
  • Moore, Clement. The Night Before Christmas. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Adventures of Providence Traveler, 1503: Uh-Oh, Leonardo! New York: Atheneum, 2003.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.
  • Sabuda, Robert. America the Beautiful. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Christmas Alphabet Anniversary Deluxe. New York: Orchard Books, 2004.
  • Sabuda, Robert, et al. Paper Engineering: the Pop-up book structures of Vojtech, Kubasts, Robert Sabuda, and Andrew Binder. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, the Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library, Broward County Libraries Division, 2004.
  • DuLong, Jessica, Robert Sabuda, et al. A Celebration of Pop-up and Movable Books. New Brunswick, NJ: Movable Book Society, 2004.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Winter’s Tale. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005. (A Michigan Notable Book selection)
  • Sabuda, Robert and Reinhart, Matthew. Dinosaurs: Encyclopedia Prehistorica. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2005
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press 2006.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Medieval Days and Knights. New York: Scholastic, 2006.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Mega-Beasts: Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press 2006.
  • Sabuda, Robert, Matthew Reinhart, et al. Sabuda & Reinhart Present Castle: Medieval Days and Knights. New York : Orchard Books, 2006.
  • Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia. Engineered by Robert Sabuda. New York: Harper Collins, 2007.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Winter in White. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
  • Sabuda, Robert, et al. Artist to Artist. New York: Philomel Books, 2008.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Peter Pan. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008.
  • DePaola, Tomie. Brava Strega Nona!: a Heartwarming Pop-up Book.  Illustrated by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Fairies and Magical Creatures: Encyclopedia Mythologica.  Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Gods and Heros: Encyclopedia Mythologica. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010
  • Sabuda, Robert. Beauty and the Beast. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.
  • Sabuda, Robert and Matthew Reinhart. Dragons and Monsters: Encyclopedia Mythologica. Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2011.
  • Rosen, Michael and Robert Sabuda. Channukah Lights. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2011.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Little Mermaid. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013.
  • Sabuda, Robert.  The Dragon and the Knight: A Pop-up Misadvdnture. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014.
  • Sabuda, Robert. The White House: A Pop-up of Our Nation’s Home. New York: Orchard Books, 2015. 
  • Sabuda, Robert. The Christmas Story. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2016.