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.
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*conceived and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky