Archive for May, 2009

Be a BEA fan

Friday, May 29th, 2009

This weekend thousands of book lovers will descend upon New York for the 2009 BookExpo America at the Javits Center. Over 500 authors and illustrators will take up residence among 1500+ exhibitors sharing the latest titles in the book business. BookExpo America (BEA) is always a good time, but can be a bit overwhelming for the first time visitor as the cavernous Javits Center can swallow tour groups whole. Check the comprehensive website for the BEA to plan which publishers booths or author signings you want to attend. Also, many exhibitors give away free copies of books so be sure to bring a tote bag to stash your swag!


If you are there on Sunday, be sure to stop by booth #734 between 11 AM to noon to catch Matthew Reinhart promoting his wonderful Nursery Rhymes pop-up book due out in September. The art above is a little sneak peek at some of the colorful characters brought to life in this three-dimensional version of your favorite childhood rhymes. Matthew will be signing at the First Book booth, which is an amazing nonprofit organization dedicated to getting new books in the hands of children in need. So far First Book has delivered over 60 million new books to young readers in communities across the U.S. and Canada.

So if you cannot make it to BEA this year, consider supporting First Book with the money you would have spend on the trip, and remember to visit soon to see more Nursery Rhymes images.

– Kyle

Wizards of Pop

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Wizards of Pop

Next Thursday, May 28th marks the opening of “Wizards of Pop” at the NCCIL in Abilene, Texas. Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart worked with The National Center for Children’s Illustrated to produce a pop-up exhibition centered around some of their most well known titles. Giant life-size pops from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Dinosaurs will share space with framed original art. There will even be a four-foot tiger from Jungle Book ready to pounce on any unsuspecting visitors. Now you don’t get that in any old art exhibit!

The opening events are as follows:

Thursday, May 28 – 6:30 pm – “Paper Boys”
FREE community Gallery Talk with Sabuda and Reinhart

Friday, May 29 – 6:30 pm – “Pop Culture”
An evening with Sabuda and Reinhart. Check for tickets.

Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 am – “Magical World of Popups”
FREE Children’s Workshop with Sabuda and Reinhart

The exhibition will be traveling to other museums and libraries over the next few years, so if you can’t come to Texas; the pop-up may come to you!

– Kyle

Multiple Dimensions

Friday, May 8th, 2009

This week a surprise arrived in the mail. A View-master with 3-D images of our 3-D books! I haven’t seen one of these red slide reel viewer in years and I haven’t ever seen pictures of our pop-ups POP like this. It was as if Christmas had come early.

Labbe 3-D

Back in December, Ron Labbe and David E. Klutho came by the studio armed with custom camera rigs. These two professional 3-D photographers were in town promoting their new book, In Your Face 3-D: The Best 3-D Book Ever! Most 3-D books that I grew up with were found wanting but this one does live up to its name. (Being an avid rock climber, my favorite anaglyph images in this book are some very dynamic shots of a dreadlocked guy dangling off a rock face.)

3-D images bring a depth and motion to flat photography much like pop-up books raise the characters off of the pages of your favorite fairytales. In fact, before the term pop-up became popular in the 1930’s, many publishers tested terms like 3-D scenes or three-dimensional models to promote their movable books.

Now, I have been exploring stereoscopic images for many years and am a lover of all things 3-D, whether it’s movies, books, comics or video games, so I was very excited to see that Ron was able to use some of the shots he took that day to create a wonderful three-dimensional keepsake. This is definitely one of the coolest gifts we have received from fans.

Check out all the cool information and services Ron Labbe provides at to create your own 3-D goodies.

– Kyle

Hey Baby!

Monday, May 4th, 2009


This past Friday was a special day for me. May 1st marked the release of Baby Signs, my pop-up teaching tool that shares seventeen essential hand signs to communicate with the pre-verbal child in your life. Baby sign language is a proven system that has been around for many years and the animated illustrations shown in this book are based on the American Sign Language system.

After laboring on this book for over a year, I am very pleased with how the book came out and feel that the pop-up and pull tab mechanisms really lend themselves to the subject matter. This book is the second non-fiction title in the Sabuda & Reinhart venture with Orchard Books (the initial offering was Castle which was actually my debut in the publishing world!).

To celebrate the arrival of my new book I have developed a Baby Signs pop-up card that you can print out and easily make yourself. Please stop by to download the “make-your-own” pop-up, and be sure to check back soon as I plan to offer another pop-up card soon.

So rush right out to your favorite bookseller to get a copy and if you are interested in a signed copy be sure to visit the gift shop at for some freshly autographed fare.

– Kyle