about the movable
book society

Introduction to MBS

Join the
Movable Book Society

Meggendorfer Prize winners

Movable Stationery
Read a sample issue

Brooklyn Pops Up!
Exhibit in 2000

after the conference

MBS in Boston, MA 2016

MBS in Philadelphia, PA 2014

An Electrifying Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah 2012

The Movable Book Society
Conference-A First 1996

Convention Roundup
Los Angeles, CA 1998

Dear Diary
MBS Meets in NYC '00

MBS Grows Up
Milwaukee, WI

With a Song in Our Hearts
San Diego, CA 2004

Open House
Chicago, IL 2006

Partisans and Pop-ups
Washington, DC 2008

Magic and Passion
Portland, Oregon 2010


The Meggendorfer Prize

presented by The Movable Book Society for the Best Paper Engineering and a NEW prize for Best Artbook. [see below]

At each biennial conference, excepting the first in 1996, a prize has been awared to a paper engineer for an outstanding pop-up and movable book published.

Members of the Society's board choose pop-up and movable books published in the previous two years before the Conference. The books are physically present throughout the Conference and members attending the Conference vote for their favorites. At the Saturday night banquet, The Popuplady presents the Meggendorfer Prize on behalf of the membership. This year, at the Portland, OR Conference, members from around the world will be sending in their votes for pre-selected books.

The Prize is named after Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) an extraordinary paper engineer and illustrator who made movable books in the latter half of the 19th century. In addition to dissolving discs and pull-down panoramas, he used a single pull tab that activated multiple movements on the page. He perfected the use of the rivet or grommet that allowed for the multiple actions. Meggendorfer illustrated and engineered over 100 books that were translated around the world. His illustrations were filled with wit and great humor that appealed to adults and children alike. Each book usually began with a poem warning young hands to treat these delicate books carefully.

Meggendorfer Prize Winners

1998-Los Angeles, CA Robert Sabuda The Christmas Alphabet Orchard Books, 1994

2000-New York City Robert Sabuda Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up Little Simon, Simon & Schuster, 1997

2002-Milwaukee, WI Robert Sabuda The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Classic Collectible Little Simon, Simon & Schuster, 2000

2004-San Diego, CA Andrew (Andy) Baron Knick-Knack Paddywhack!* Dutton's Children's Books, 2002

2006-Chicago,IL David A. Carter One Red Dot: A Pop-up for Children of All Ages Little Simon, Simon & Schuster, 2005

2008-Washington, DC Matthew Reinhart Star Wars-Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy Orchard Books, Scholastic, 2007

2010-Portland, Oregon Marion Bataille ABC3D A Neal Porter Book, 2008

2012-Salt Lake City, Utah Ray Marshall, Paper Blossoms, Chronicle Books, 2010

2014-Philadelphia, PA; Matthew Reinhart, Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-up Universe, [LB Kids 2013]

2016-Boston, MA; Shawn Sheehy, Welcome to the Neighborwood, Candlewick Press, 2016

Meggendorfer Prize for Best Artist book 

2014-Philadelphia, PA; Dorothy Yule, Memories of Science, Left Coast Press, Oakland, CA, 2011, ltd edition of 50

2016-Boston, MA; Graham Patten, Call Me Trimtab.
This work is a tribute to architect, inventor, futurist, and New Englander, R. Buckminster Fuller.



click here for the membership application for The Movable Book Society

*conceived and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky