Robert Sabuda

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Robert Sabuda
Born Robert James Sabuda
(1965-03-08) March 8, 1965 (age 51)
Wyandotte, Michigan
Nationality American
Robert Sabuda standing behind a life size pop-up from his pop-up book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When Robert had the skill to hold a crayon, he discovered that he was an artist. Robert spent weeks drawing, painting, cutting and gluing. His bedroom was a constant mess of pencil shavings, paint brushes and mounds of paper."

Robert James Sabuda is a leading children's pop-up book artist and paper engineer. His recent books, such as those describing the stories of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, have been well received and critically acclaimed.[1]


Sabuda was born Wyandotte, Michigan and raised in Pinckney, Michigan.[2] He was skilled as an artist from a very young age, and attended the Pratt Institute in New York City. His specific interest in 3-D paper engineering (i.e., pop-up books) was sparked by a book he received that was illustrated by Vojtěch Kubašta.[citation needed] His interest in children's book illustration began with an internship at Dial Books for Young Readers while attending the Pratt Institute. Initially working as a package designer, he illustrated his first children's book series, of "Bulky Board Books", in 1987. Wide recognition only came his way after he started designing pop-up books for children in 1994.[2]

Sabuda has experimented with modes of illustration in a conventionally conservative genre, using techniques including:

Sabuda presently works from his studio in New York City and is involved in a wide variety of projects that involve movable paper. He has also released a video of his working style.[citation needed] Sabuda has also been awarded the Meggendorfer Prize three times, an award instituted by the Movable Book Society of America in honor of German illustrator Lothar Meggendorfer. He is a multiple #1 New York Times best-selling children's book creator and has over five million books in print published in over 25 languages!

He is married to NASDAQ technologist James Talvy. They wed on June 25, 2016 at their newly established artist's retreat 10 Horse Art Center in Plutarch, New York.


First editions[edit]


  1. Garrett, Randal; Heydron, Vicki Ann (1986). The Gandalara Cycle I. Bantam Spectra. ISBN 0-553-25942-3. 
  2. Sabuda, Robert (1987). Fire Engine (A Bulky Board Book). Modern Publishing. ISBN 0-87449-233-5. 
  3. Sabuda, Robert (1987). Helicopter (A Bulky Board Book). Modern Publishing. ISBN 0-87449-234-3. 
  4. Sabuda, Robert (1987). Magic Carpet (A Bulky Board Book). Modern Publishing. ISBN 0-87449-235-1. 
  5. Sabuda, Robert (1987). Tugboat (A Bulky Board Book). Modern Publishing. ISBN 0-87449-236-X. 
  6. Coco, Eugene Bradley; Sabuda, Robert (1988). The Fiddler's Son. Green Tiger Press. ISBN 0-516-09421-1. 
  7. Coco, Eugene Bradley; Sabuda, Robert (1988). The Wishing Well. Green Tiger Press. ISBN 0-88138-112-8. 
  8. Lowe, Steve; Thoreau, Henry David; Sabuda, Robert (1990). Walden. Philomel Books. ISBN 0-399-22153-0. 
  9. Whitman, Walt; Sabuda, Robert (1991). I Hear America Singing. Philomel Books. ISBN 0-399-21808-4. 
  10. Whitman, Walt; Sabuda, Robert (1991). Earth Verses and Water Rhymes. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31693-3. 
  11. Sabuda, Robert (1992). Saint Valentine. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31762-X. 
  12. Lowe, Steve; Columbus, Christopher; Sabuda, Robert (1992). The Log of Christopher Columbus: The First Voyage: Spring, Summer and Fall 1492. Philomel Books. ISBN 0-399-22139-5. 
  13. Owen, Roy; Sabuda, Robert (1993). The Ibis and the Egret. Philomel Books. ISBN 0-399-22504-8. 
  14. Levy, Constance; Sabuda, Robert (1994). The Tree Place and Other Poems. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-50599-X. 
  15. Sabuda, Robert (1994). Tutankhamen's Gift. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31818-9. 
  16. Sabuda, Robert (1995). Arthur and the Sword. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31987-8. 
  17. Davol, Marguerite W.; Sabuda, Robert (1997). The Paper Dragon. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31992-4. 
  18. Sabuda, Robert (1999). Blizzard's Robe. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-81161-6. 
  19. Sabuda, Robert (2003). Uh-oh, Leonardo! : The Adventures of Providence Traveler , 1503. Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-81160-8. 

Pop-up Books[edit]

  1. Sabuda, Robert (1994). The Mummy's Tomb: A Pop-Up Book. Golden Books. ISBN 0-307-17627-4. 
  2. Sabuda, Robert (1994). The Knight's Castle: A Pop-Up Book. Golden Books. ISBN 0-307-17626-6. 
  3. Beach, Thomas (pseudonym) (1994). Creepy, Crawly Halloween Fright. Troll Associates. ISBN 0-8167-3395-3. 
  4. Sabuda, Robert (1995). Help the Animals of North America (A Pop-Up Book). Readers Digest. ISBN 0-89577-665-0. 
  5. Sabuda, Robert (1995). Help the Animals of Asia (A Pop-Up Book). Readers Digest. ISBN 0-89577-667-7. 
  6. Sabuda, Robert (1995). Help the Animals of Africa (A Pop-Up Book). Readers Digest. ISBN 0-89577-668-5. 
  7. Williams, Nancy; Sabuda, Robert (1995). A Kwanzaa Celebration: A Pop-up Book. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-80266-8. 
  8. Sabuda, Robert (1996). The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Pop-Up Celebration. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-80865-8. 
  9. Sabuda, Robert (1997). Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-Up. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-81767-3. 
  10. Sabuda, Robert (1998). ABC Disney Pop-Up. Disney Press. ISBN 0-7868-3132-4. 
  11. Sabuda, Robert (1999). The Movable Mother Goose. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-83149-8. 
  12. Sabuda, Robert (2000). The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Pop-Up. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-84014-4. 
  13. Thomas, Pamela; Sabuda, Robert (2000). Brooklyn Pops Up. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-84019-5. 
  14. Moore, Clement Clarke; Sabuda, Robert (2002). The Night Before Christmas Pop-up. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-83899-9. 
  15. Sabuda, Robert (2003). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Popup Adaptation. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-84743-2. 
  16. Sabuda, Robert (2004). America the Beautiful. Little Simon. ISBN 0-689-87421-9. 
  17. Sabuda, Robert (2005). Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey. Little Simon. ISBN 1-4169-0787-4. 
  18. Sabuda, Robert (2010). Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale. Little Simon. ISBN 1-4169-6079-1. 
  19. Sabuda, Robert; Rosen, Michael J. (September 2011). Chanukah Lights. Candlewick Press. ISBN 0-7636-5533-3. 
  20. Sabuda, Robert (October 2013). The Little Mermaid. Little Simon. ISBN 978-1-4424-5086-8. 
  21. Sabuda, Robert (October 2014). The Dragon & the Knight. Simon & Schuster Childrens Books. ISBN 978-1-4711-2311-5. 
  22. Sabuda, Robert (December 2015). The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation's Home. Orchard Books. ISBN 978-0-545-54089-6. 
  23. Sabuda, Robert (2016). Sea Island Pops Up. Librum Artifex. ISBN 978-0-692-59241-0. 
  24. Sabuda, Robert (September 2016). The Christmas Story. Candlewick Press. ISBN 978-0-7636-8326-9. 

Other Pop-Ups[edit]

  1. Sabuda, Robert (2005). Christmas Alphabet Cards: Collectible Tin Set. Running Press Kids. ISBN 0-7624-2554-7. 

Authored articles[edit]

  1. Sabuda, Robert (December 20, 2003). "Op-Art; Tired of Shopping? Build a Gift". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 

Printed references[edit]

Newspaper biography[edit]

  1. Hedges, Chris (December 9, 2003). "In Him, Storyteller Meets Architect". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 

Newspaper articles[edit]

  1. Carvajal, Doreen (November 27, 2000). "Boing! Pop-Up Books Are Growing Up; Flaps, Foldouts and Complexities Attract Adult Eyes". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 

News references[edit]

  1. "New York Times Children's Bestseller List". New York Times. 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 

Critical acclaim[edit]

  1. Chapin, Ted (November 14, 2004). "'America the Beautiful,' and 'Liberty's Journey': From Sea to Shining Sea". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 
  2. Heller, Steven (November 16, 2003). "Ready for Her Close-Up". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 
  3. Marcus, Leonard S. (December 8, 2002). "Children's Books". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 
  4. Tzannes, Robin (May 22, 1994). "The Littlest Pharaoh". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 

Web references[edit]

  1. "Robert". Robert Retrieved January 24, 2006. 
  2. "Meet the Artists - Robert Sabuda : Biography". National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, USA. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 
  3. "Meet the Artists - Robert Sabuda : Critical essay". Betty Carter, National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, USA. Retrieved January 24, 2006. 


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