Our Favorite Lift-the-Flap Books

These are our favorite Lift-the-Flap books for my one-year-old daughter. While this is obviously not a comprehensive list, these are books that we personally own and love to read everyday. Most are sturdy board books, so they’re ideal for both babies and toddlers, even through the teething phase. Another perk of these books: they are all available on Amazon which is so convenient.

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Dear Zoo

This has consistently been my one-year-old’s favorite Lift-the-Flap book. We like to read it because even with limited hand control at 6 months old, she could open some of the flaps and was so proud of herself!


This is one of her current favorite books at 18 months old. It is made of stiff paper, so it is less durable than her board books and has some rips in it, but we’re working on being gentle. She likes the bright colors and the way the animals pop up from behind the flap on each page.

Thomas & Friends

This is another lift-the-flap book that we read everyday. It has several flaps on each page and sounds that correspond to the items behind the flaps. Lily likes to point out each item for me to name, and is starting to understand that some items have a corresponding sound.

Where’s Spot

This is one that I grew up with too! This is fun for my daughter because she loves dogs. I loved trying to find Spot behind all of the lift-the-flaps.

Dear Santa

This book is by the author of Dear Zoo, but instead of a zoo sending animals, it’s Santa sending presents. It’s a fun Christmas-themed book that Lily enjoys almost as much as Dear Zoo (animals are more interesting than toys apparently). As a one-year-old, she does not quite understand about Santa yet, but seeing the toys behind the colorful wrapped present flaps is still fun for her.

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