For two decades The Movable Book Society has honored the best in paper engineering through its awards program.

Winner of the 2023 Meggendorfer Award for Best Paper Engineering:
David A. Carter & James Diaz for The Complexities of Pop Up


  • Meggendorfer Prize for Best Paper Engineering – Trade Publication. The Movable Book Society presents the Meggendorfer Prize for Best Paper Engineering for the most outstanding commercially published pop-up or movable book at its biennial conference. The nominated book must have been issued in the two years preceding the conference. The award honors Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925), a legendary 19th-century illustrator and movable books paper engineer.
  • Emerging Paper Engineer Prize. This honor recognizes excellence in paper engineering among undergraduate and/or graduate students worldwide.  Entrants must be registered undergraduate or graduate students, or have just completed a course of study in the spring of the conference year. Qualifying projects must include pop-up and/or movable structures and must have been created during a course of college study. Click here for more information and to download a submission form for the 2023 prize.

Meggendorfer Prize for Best Paper Engineering

Year Conference Location Recipient Book Title Publisher
2023 Cleveland, OH David A. Carter & James Diaz The Complexities of Pop Up Poposition Press
2021 Denver, CO Wang Wei Opening the Forbidden City TBA
2018 Kansas City, MO Simon Arizpe Zahhak: Legend of the Serpent King Fantagraphics Books
2016 Boston, MA Shawn Sheehy Welcome to the Neighborwood Candlewick Press
2014 Philadelphia, PA Matthew Reinhart Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-up Universe LB Kids
2012 Salt Lake City, UT Ray Marshall Paper Blossoms Chronicle Books
2010 Portland, OR Marion Bataille ABC3D Roaring Brook Press
2008 Washington, DC Matthew Reinhart Star Wars Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy Orchard Books, Scholastic
2006 Chicago, IL David A. Carter One Red Dot: A Pop-up for Children of All Ages Little Simon, Simon & Schuster
2004 San Diego, CA Andy Baron Knick-Knack Paddywhack! Dutton Children’s Books
2002 Milwaukee, WI Robert Sabuda The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Classic Collectible Little Simon, Simon & Schuster
2000 New York City Robert Sabuda Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up Little Simon, Simon & Schuster
1998 Los Angeles, CA Robert Sabuda The Christmas Alphabet Orchard Books
1996 New Brunswick, NJ No award given


Meggendorfer Prize for Artist Books

Year Recipient Title
2023 Hiromi Takeda Orchids
2021 Paul Johnson The Lemon Tree
2018 Colette Fu Tao Hua Yuan Ji, 桃花源記
2016 Graham Patten Call Me Trimtab
2014 Dorothy A. Yule Memories of Science
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Emerging Paper Engineer Prize

Year Recipient Title
2023 April Capalungan A Tail’s Tale
2021 Tito Alexander Perilla Gonzalez Nuestras Casitas Caracol
2018 Vanessa Yusuf Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Diversity in Unity
2016 Nicholas Danish Waterbirds of Michigan: Pop-up Book
2014 Kimberly Maher Crooked

Life Time Achievement Award

Year Recipient Contribution
2000 Waldo Hunt, Intervisual Books Honored for “ushering in the Second Golden Age of Pop-ups.”
2023 Tor Lokvig and James Diaz Honored for “ushering in the Second Golden Age of Pop-ups.”