Best Children's Books About Getting lost

55 Children's Books About Getting lost

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Lost And Found book
#1
Lost And Found
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely. A poignant, funny, and child-friendly story about friendship lost . . . and then found again.

Where's My Teddy? book
#2
Where's My Teddy?
Written and illustrated by Jez Alborough
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Eddy’s lost his teddy, Freddy, so he goes off into the woods in search of the missing bear. The dark, horrible woods hold a gigantic surprise for Eddy, who discovers his teddy bear has grown much too big to cuddle. Could it be a case of mistaken identity? Fast-paced and fun, this comedy of errors from beloved children’s illustrator Jez Alborough has delighted young readers for two and a half decades.

A Ball for Daisy book
#3
A Ball for Daisy
Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A wordless picture book shows the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

Bobo the Sailor Man! book
#4
Bobo the Sailor Man!
Written by Eileen Rosenthal and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Willie finds all sorts of interesting things while he and Bobo the stuffed monkey are exploring, including a bucket that would be a perfect boat for Bobo, but before he knows it, Bobo and the "boat" have disappeared.

Pony in the City book
#5
Pony in the City
Written and illustrated by Wendy Wahman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Otis wants to know about the kids who ride at his stables. Do they sleep in stalls? Do they also get brushed and braided? The older ponies ignore his questions, so Otis heads to the city to see for himself. And he finds answers, but he gets lost, too . . . until some of his favorite friends come to the rescue. Kids will relate to this sweet story about an adorable, inquisitive little pony.

Bedtime for Yeti book
#6
Bedtime for Yeti
Written and illustrated by Vin Vogel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Snuggle up with this sweet bedtime story about friendship and bravery that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. Yeti loves his stuffed toy Chunk. They play together all day and snuggle up under the covers each night. But when Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed alone in the shadowy dark. Unless, of course, he can summon all his courage to stage a dramatic rescue—Yeti-style!

School Trip book
#7
School Trip
Written by Jess Stockham and illustrated by Jan Lewis
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A group of children enjoy a field trip in this story that answers such questions as: What if I get lost? What is there to see? and many more. Includes tips for reading with young children.

The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo book
#8
The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo
Written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Is there anything more fun than a class trip to the zoo? The Gingerbread Man and his classmates don’t think so, and they get to solve riddles on a WILD scavenger hunt. They meet giraffes, monkeys, and even a fox (especially scary for a Gingerbread Man!). But a zoo full of critters is a tricky place for a tasty cookie—even a very fast one—and the Gingerbread Man ends up separated from his friends. He needs to solve all of the riddles to catch up with his class and help someone else who is lost. I’ll be a detective. I know that I can! I’ll solve all these clues. I’m the Gingerbread Man! Animals galore and a trail of clues make the Gingerbread Man’s latest adventure his wildest one yet.

Annie and the Wild Animals book
#9
Annie and the Wild Animals
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A lively tale sure to be loved by fans of The Mitten Originally published in 1985, Annie and the Wild Animals is back in a large hardcover format with a striking new jacket that makes this new edition the perfect gift for young readers. Annie’s cat, Taffy, disappears and she is lonely. She looks for a friendly, furry pet near the woods, but a giant moose, a grumpy bear and others show up to eat her corn cakes until they are all gone. They leave, and to Annie’s surprise, out of the woods comes Taffy with her three new kittens.

Ladybug Girl and Bingo book
#10
Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores the theme of responsibility for a pet and the fun of a first camping trip. Lulu and her dog Bingo the basset hound are best friends. Whenever they play outside, Bingo always stays close by Lulu’s side. When they go camping for the first time, Lulu does her best to be responsible and hold tight to Bingo’s leash. But what happens when Bingo wants to explore the forest on his own and runs off? This is a job for Ladybug Girl! She will find Bingo in time for toasting marshmallows at the campfire. For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors a love of the outdoors, family, and creativity!

Puffin Peter book
#11
Puffin Peter
Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Kids will delight in this witty story of mistaken identity from acclaimed author-illustrator Petr Horácek. Peter and Paul are puffins and the best of friends. But one day Peter gets lost in a terrible storm, and Paul is nowhere to be found. With the help of a big blue whale, Peter sets out, determined to find his pal. What the pair discovers is that many other birds match the description Peter gives of Paul, but none are quite like his friend. With gorgeous collage artwork and a lighthearted touch, this fun read-aloud tale will both amuse and enlighten.

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? book
#12
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Written and illustrated by Iza Trapani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

An expanded version of the traditional rhyme, in which the little dog has an adventure.

Skippyjon Jones-- Lost in Spice book
#13
Skippyjon Jones-- Lost in Spice
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The New York Times bestselling kitty boy blasts off into another hilarious adventure. Buckle up, amigos— everyone’s favorite kitty boy is about to lift off. You’ll want to be there when the brave Skippito gets lost in spice! That’s right, spice. Skippy knows— from his big ears to his toes—that the planet Mars is red because it’s covered in spicy red pepper. To prove it, he’s off on a space jaunt replete with craters, crazies, and creatures from Mars. His new adventure is packed with witty wordplay, Spanish phrases, and Judy Schachner’s trademark hilarity. This rollicking romp is simply out of this world.

Willa and the Bear book
#14
Willa and the Bear
Written and illustrated by Philomena Oneill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

More than anything, Willa adores her ragdoll, Rosie, made just for her by Grandma. But one day, on a bumpy sleigh ride to Grandma's birthday dinner, Rosie falls into the snow and disappears. Willa is inconsolable--until, mysteriously, Rosie reappears at Grandma's door. Can Willa find a way to thank the special friend who returned her doll? This picture book will warm the heart of every child who has ever had a favorite toy.

Aberdeen book
#15
Aberdeen
Written and illustrated by Stacey Previn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Aberdeen never meant to leave the yard in the first place. BUT a balloon floated by and…. He is suddenly off on an unexpected adventure! Before long, Aberdeen follows his whims and fancy to unknown territory, a little too far away from home – and from mama. Who doesn’t know the feeling of one thing leading to another leading to another – until you’re not quite sure how you ended up where you did? Aberdeen’s adorable antics will have readers excited to see where he lands next, and on the edges of their seats as he searches for a way back home.

Mrs. Mole, I'm Home! book
#16
Mrs. Mole, I'm Home!
Written and illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Poor Morris Mole has had a very long day, and all he wants is to get home to Mrs. Mole and their children. But Morris has misplaced his glasses! He starts burrowing his way home anyway, trusting in his memory to guide him. When Morris gets there he calls out, “Mrs. Mole, I’m hooome!” but he doesn’t exactly get the response he expected. “I’m not your wife!” says Mrs. Bunny. Oh, dear! So Morris sets off again in the direction of home. He’ll end up in the right spot eventually . . . won’t he? Young readers will be rooting for Morris and giggling at every wrong turn — while taking comfort in the fact that, sooner or later, you’ll always find your way home.

Little Owl Lost book
#17
Little Owl Lost
Written and illustrated by Chris Haughton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of animals that fit his description of Mommy Owl. But while some are big (like a bear) or have pointy ears (like a bunny) or prominent eyes (like a frog), none of them have all the features that make up his mommy. Where could she be? A cast of adorable forest critters in neon-bright hues will engage little readers right up to the story’s comforting, gently wry conclusion.

Big Time Olie book
#18
Big Time Olie
Written and illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Poor Olie. He’s is too Rolie big to do this, too Rolie small to do that. But a turn with the shrink-and-grow-a-lator should fix all that…until Olie grows too much in this classic picture book-turned-beloved-TV-show from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Rolie Polie Olie grows a little every day, but his parents say he’s still not big enough for a trip to Mount Big Ball. At the same time Pappy says Olie is too big to jump on his bed! Olie feels like he isn’t the right size for anything. Then he gets a big and really bad idea: He’ll use the shrink-and-grow-a-lator. But he presses the wrong button, and now he’s a small as his sister Zowie’s dollies! Olie finds the “bigger” button lickety-split and up, up, UP he grows… But being grown up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. Olie bonks his head on the moon, burns his bottom on the sun, and lands with a big KABOOM on Mount Big Ball. Lost and lonely and so, so tall, Olie wishes he could be back to being just plain Olie!

Findus Disappears! book
#19
Findus Disappears!
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Findus—the adorable, clever little cat—and Pettson—the loving forgetful farmer—in this charming series of illustrated storybooks filled with humor and heart. Old man Pettson is lonely until his neighbor brings him a box that reads: “Findus Green Peas.” But when Pettson opens the box he doesn’t see peas . . . he sees a tiny kitten. Pettson’s lonely days are over and he talks like he’s never talked before—and soon Findus himself is talking. What a cat he has! But when the house is suddenly quiet and empty, Pettson knows something is wrong—Findus is missing!

Found book
#20
Found
Written by Jeff Newman and illustrated by Larry Day
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A wordless picture book about what we lose, what we find, and what we give back. Jenn’s beloved dog was lost sometime ago. Long enough that she has given up the search. But she still misses her friend. One day she finds a lost dog. She takes him in and despite a rocky start, she grows to love him. Until she spots his picture on a missing poster. His name is Roscoe, and he’s someone else’s best friend. Jenn knows she should return Roscoe, but she really doesn’t want to. Will Jenn do the right thing? Or will she keep this new dog she’s grown to love so much?

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy book
#21
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy
Written by Wanda Coven and illustrated by Priscilla Burris
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In the twentieth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi gets in some magic puppy trouble! When Heidi stumbles across a lost puppy at the park, she promises to find the cute critter’s family. Along with Bruce and Lucy, Heidi tries her hardest to solve this mystery. They check the local dog park, visit the vet’s office, and even hang up Found Puppy posters, but they can’t find the owners anywhere. So Heidi decides to use just a teensy-weensy pinch of magic that sets off a mega-gigantic case of magic puppy trouble. Maybe this is why witches only have cats for pets? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Teddy's Favorite Toy book
#22
Teddy's Favorite Toy
Written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Madeline Valentine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Teddy's favorite toy has the best manners, and the sickest fighting skills, and the ability to pull off a number of fierce looks. But when his toy goes missing, it turns out there's another woman around who's pretty fierce--it's Teddy's mom, and she will stop at nothing to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy"--

Lost! book
#23
Lost!
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

An ancient myth about a statue leads eleven-year-old Carter and twelve-year-old Anna down a trail deep into the Costa Rican jungle. They get turned around, then chased by howler monkeys. Carter and Anna try to find their way back to the familiar path, but the tangle of vines and trees all look the same. They are . . . lost! With seventeen years of hands-on experience and training in remote areas, survival expert Terry Lynn Johnson (Ice Dogs; Sled Dog School creates on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling featuring real skills to prepare kids for surviving a disaster. This book includes tips from the Canadian Red Cross on how to make your own survival kit. After reading this book, you'll be better prepared for surviving a real-life disaster.

Katie Woo Where Are You? book
#24
Katie Woo Where Are You?
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie and her parents are off to the mall for a day of shopping. While her mom looks for a new dress, her dad is checking out the lawn mowers and televisions. And Katie is nowhere to be found. Does Katie even know that she's lost?

Pablo  and  Birdy book
#25
Pablo and Birdy
Written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Ana Juan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this “memorable, fantastical tale” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the legend of the Seafaring Parrot. Locals claim that the Seafarer remembers every sound, every whisper, cry, laugh, or snort ever uttered.But, though there have been rumored Seafarer sightings, no one has actually seen the bird before. Other stories surround a boy named Pablo, who had washed up on shore in a blow-up swimming pool as an infant with only a lavender parrot as a companion. Now, on the eve of his tenth birthday, the stories are repeated.

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