61 Children's Books About Hide-and-seek

Updated Feb. 9, 2019
Oliver's Tree book
#1
Oliver's Tree
Written and illustrated by Kit Chase
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

The illustrations for Oliver's Tree are warm and homey with an older, Winnie the Pooh feel to them. The book teaches a valuable lesson about helping friends. Oliver is sad that he can't climb in the trees like his friends while they play hide and seek far above the ground. While he walks away pouting and disappointed, his friends rally to build a tree house where they can all play together. The book really is quite reminiscent of a Winnie the Pooh story. It's simple and sweet. Oliver's emotions get the best of him, but that happens to most of us at some time or another, and it sure makes a difference when we have good friends to help us through.

A board book about three adorable best friends! Oliver, Charlie, and Lulu love to play outside together. Their favorite game is hide-and-seek, but it’s not fun for Oliver when his friends hide in the trees—he can’t reach them! So the friends set off to find a tree that Oliver can play in. But there’s a reason we don’t see elephants in trees, and just when Oliver is ready to give up the search, Charlie and Lulu surprise him with the perfect tree for them all to play in together!

Hide and Seek book
#2
Hide and Seek
Written and illustrated by Taro Gomi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this sly activity board book from celebrated international favorite Taro Gomi, young readers will delight to find hidden objects amidst familiar characters. When a crocodile's dangerous smile can become a shiny toothbrush and a butterfly's camouflage transforms into adorable heart shapes, there's no telling what comes next! Kids will love learning that not everything in this world is as it seems. Sure to be a hit during both storytime and playtime!

Cat Nap book
#3
Cat Nap
Written by Toni Yuly
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A kitten doesn't want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It's naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

Cat Nap book
#4
Cat Nap
Written and illustrated by Toni Yuly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A kitten doesn't want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It's naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

My Pet Giraffe book
#5
My Pet Giraffe
Written and illustrated by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Giraffes make the best pets! Follow a little girl and boy and their pet giraffe as they spy, dress up for Halloween, and play hide-and-seek!

Hiding Heidi book
#6
Hiding Heidi
Written and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A beautiful and enchanting story by exciting new talent Fiona Woodcock, about a little girl with an amazing gift for concealing herself. Meet Heidi—if you can find her, that is! Heidi is the best at hiding: in school, at the playground, or in the park. Heidi’s friends know how much she loves hiding, so they always let her play and win. But Heidi learns the importance of sharing the limelight with other people when being too good at hiding makes her miss all the other fun her friends are having—and how much more fun it can be when you appreciate what your friends are good at too! She learns Freddie is great at bouncing on hippity-hops, Katie is sensational at roller-skating, and Lizzie is incredible at climbing. Heidi then realizes that she has fun doing the activities her friends like, even if she isn't the best.

Have You Seen Elephant? book
#7
Have You Seen Elephant?
Written and illustrated by David Barrow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

"Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you'll have to try your best, he's very good!"--Back cover.

A B See book
#8
A B See
Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Doyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A beautifully illustrated, graphic alphabet book with a fun search-and-find twist. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s in a single letter? Everything in A B See! Because hidden in each graphic letter are tiny troves of ABC treasures waiting to be found by sharp-eyed readers. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in the letter A? Or the bear, banjo, and bike buried in the letter B? Read along in this unique alphabet board book that asks audiences to A B See beyond the ABCs.

Otis and the Puppy book
#9
Otis and the Puppy
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek. From the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, Of Thee I Sing, and Otis.

Papasaurus book
#10
Papasaurus
Written and illustrated by Stephan Lomp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Babysaurus loves playing hide-and-seek with his Papasaurus. But one day, no matter where he looks, he can't find him, so Babysaurus turns to his prehistoric friends for help. Where can his Papasaurus be? Of course, Papasaurus has been right there all along, and when Babysaurus needs a little help, Papasaurus is ready with a big kiss and more games. This colorful and reassuring book is a fresh twist on a perennial theme that will win the hearts of little ones and their papas alike.

I Thought I Saw a Dinosaur! book
#11
I Thought I Saw a Dinosaur!
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the dinosaur hiding in every scene. Is it behind the sofa? Or in the shower? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty series.

Find the Wolf book
#12
Find the Wolf
Written by Carly Blake and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Try to find the big, bad wolf in this colorful peek-through story! Can you find the big, bad wolf? Peek through the holes and turn the pages to search for the wolf in the woods. Clever, colorful cutouts in this board book will captivate and delight, but the biggest surprise is hiding in the pages! Will you find the wolf in the end?

I Thought I Saw a Lion! book
#13
I Thought I Saw a Lion!
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the lion hiding in every scene. Is it in the restaurant? Or at the beauty salon? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty series.

Ready or Not, Here Comes Peanut Butter! book
#14
Ready or Not, Here Comes Peanut Butter!
Written and illustrated by Terry Border
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Play hide-and-seek with Peanut Butter, Cupcake, and all their friends in this scratch-and-sniff board book. Young readers will have fun using their noses to find out who's hiding where! Scratch and sniff to help Peanut Butter find Cupcake, Soup, Hamburger, French fries, Ice Cream, and Jelly in this delicious-smelling book! This book does not include any peanut butter scratch-and-sniff elements.

The Lost House book
#15
The Lost House
Written and illustrated by B. B. Cronin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Fall into this award-winning seek-and-find book with its richly timeless style and get swept up in a treasure hunt through Grandad’s wild house! The children want to go to the park with Grandad, but they can’t leave until they find his lost socks…and his shoes…and even his teeth! Will they ever get out of Grandad’s busy house? With a trove of wonders to discover on every page, this seek and find book will enchant young and old alike as they search for Grandad’s lost objects. Oversized dimensions, a textured paper-over-board die-cut cover, eye-popping color, and elaborately complex spreads on every page make this book a collector’s item and a must-have.

Deep in the Forest book
#16
Deep in the Forest
Written by Joseph Jacquet and illustrated by Lucie Brunellière
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

"Deep in the forest, early in the morning, the animals slowly wake except the panda, who is sleeping in. The monkey stretches, the red ant hides, the black bear yawns, and the gazelle smiles. But where is the okapi? Can you find it?" Over 50 animals including the okapi hide on the pages of this beautiful board book. The gorgeous forest scenes take readers from morning to night, from high in the trees to deep underground. "Deep in the Forest" is as much a visual treat as it is an introduction to exotic animals. "

Where Is / Donde Esta el Chavo book
#17
Where Is / Donde Esta el Chavo
Written by Ariana Stein, Patty Rodriguez and illustrated by Citlali Reyes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introducing Spanish/English bilingualism, Lil' Libros encourage parents to read to their children at the earliest age--focusing on subjects they are familiar with, while making it fun and rewarding for both parent and child.

Maze Book: Follow My Heart book
#18
Maze Book: Follow My Heart
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Follow My Heart is a seasonal maze adventure in the Follow Me series featuring cute animal characters, Valentine-themed scenes, and finger trails. Follow each animal through the adorable, illustrated scenes on a journey to find their perfect match in this fun-size maze book. Children will love exploring the paths with their fingertips to trace the grooved mazes from hole to hole. There is lots to see and spot on every page along with animal couples such as bees, penguins, bunnies, and bears. The tracing element is great for developing fine motor skills and the search-and-find activity throughout will help with spacial awareness. A great book for little hands to explore and a perfect gift for anyone you love! Also published: Follow Me, Follow Me Around the World, Follow Me Halloween and Follow Me Santa

Journey to the Crystal Cave book
#19
Journey to the Crystal Cave
Written by Poppy Green and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Sophie Mouse and her friends are playing hide-and-seek near Butterfly Brook. Sophie finds the perfect hiding spot, but she also finds a glowing cave. The problem is, when Sophie tells her friends about her discovery, they don't believe her! Illustrations. 5 1/2 x 7 5/16.

Learn with Me! Colors book
#20
Learn with Me! Colors
Written and illustrated by Ilana Exelby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

LEARN WITH ME: This fun, interactive flap book helps early learners build basic preschool skills! Can you name the colors of all the cars? Of the kite? Which colorful object is the odd one out in the group? This cheerful book will entertain preschoolers for hours as they lift the 40 flaps, answer questions, and spot and identify the different hues.

Lots to Spot: Farm book
#21
Lots to Spot: Farm
Written by Libby Walden and illustrated by Samantha Meredith
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Unfold the sturdy pages to spot all the farm fun in this rhyming search-and-find book! Can you find the sleepy calf, the galloping horse, and the noisy rooster in these colorful farmyard scenes? With chunky foldout pages, there’s lots to spot in this exciting, rhyming search-and-find book that’s made for younger readers!

Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! book
#22
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! Where are you? There you are… afloat in the bath, with Duck and Giraffe! Ladybug loves to hide. Come along on a treasure hunt to find this sneaky little bug, wherever she may be! Children will delight in this picture book game of hide-and-seek and will eagerly read along, pointing out Ladybug’s newest and cleverest hiding spot time and again.

Animalphabet book
#23
Animalphabet
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Sharon King-Chai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A wondrous and beautiful A-to-Z guessing game from the bestselling author of Room on the Broom From ant to butterfly to caterpillar . . . to zebra and then back again, Animalphabet is an entertaining puzzle as well as a gorgeous alphabet book to treasure. Who can slither better than a rabbit? A snake! Who can growl better than a snake? A tiger! There are clever hints and peekaboo holes within the artwork that will amaze and delight young children as they learn to use the alphabet. This is a preschool must-have.

Indestructibles: Baby Peekaboo book
#24
Indestructibles: Baby Peekaboo
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Kate Merritt, Amy Pixton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

It's the little series that could: Indestructibles are innovative books built for the way babies read. Printed on a unique, nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies throw at them, Indestructibles are rip proof, chew proof, drool proof and gum proof. They’re 100% baby safe—and they’re washable. When a book gets dirty, just throw it in the dishwasher or washing machine, and voilà, the book is back and ready for more. Featuring the second set of titles by Kate Merritt, whose distinctive and colorful collage illustrations are as adorable to parents as they are to babies, here is a new Indestructibles that is a joy to read aloud. Baby Peekaboo celebrates the favorite playtime game while teaching the concept of object permanence. “Who’s hiding behind the toys? Peekaboo! It’s Puppy!” Simple, engaging text encourages language development, and each spread is filled with sweet details.

Dottie Dolphin Plays Hide-and-Seek book
#25
Dottie Dolphin Plays Hide-and-Seek
Written by and illustrated by Maurice Pledger
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A one-of-a-kind ocean adventure with Dottie Dolphin! When Dottie Dolphin dives deep into the ocean to play hide-and-seek with her siblings, she discovers a wonderful world of ocean animals. Join Dottie and her new friends beneath the waves in this interactive story with flaps to lift and colorful, detailed underwater scenes by best-selling nature illustrator Maurice Pledger.

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