For two decades The Movable Book Society has honored the best in paper engineering through its awards program.
Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King by Simon Arizpe – the winner of the 2018 Meggendorfer Award for Best Paper Engineering
- 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.
- Meggendorfer Prize for Artist Books. This prize honors the best pop-up and movable artist book created in the past three years. Click here for more information and to download a submission form for the 2021 prize.
- 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 2021 prize.
Meggendorfer Prize for Best Paper Engineering
|Year||Conference Location||Recipient||Book Title||Publisher|
|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
|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
|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|
Life Time Achievement Award
|2000||Waldo Hunt, Intervisual Books||Honored for “ushering in the Second Golden Age of Pop-ups.”|