Best Kids Books About Hide-and-seek

28 Kids Books About Hide-and-seek

Updated Feb. 9, 2019
Have You Seen Elephant? book
#1
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.

Papasaurus book
#2
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.

Is Bear Here? book
#3
Is Bear Here?
Written and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The boy and the bear are back. The companion volume to Where Is Bear? sees the little boy returning home with a full shopping cart, only to exclaim, "What happened to bear?" When you search long and hard for a beloved bear, you may be surprised by what turns up. Children will again love joining in the irresistible search for Bear and finding where he is on every page.

The Lost House book
#4
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.

Otis and the Puppy book
#5
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.

Learn with Me! Colors book
#6
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.

Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! book
#7
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
#8
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.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Changing Picture Book book
#9
We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Changing Picture Book
Written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bear lovers rejoice! Pull the tabs and watch the pictures transform in an interactive edition of the award-winning classic. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. Pull the tabs to change the pictures along the way -- we're going to catch a big one!

Little Night/Nochecita book
#10
Little Night/Nochecita
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

As the long day comes to an end, Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, "Bath time for Little Night!" Little Night answers from afar, "Can't come. I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!" Where could Little Night be? Down a rabbit hole? In a blueberry field? Among the stripes of bees? Exquisitely painted and as gentle as Little Night's dress crocheted from clouds, this is a story to treasure. With a bilingual text in both English and Spanish, Little Night Nochecita by Yuyi Morales is a sweet story every child can enjoy.

A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep) book
#11
A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep)
Written by Loic Clement and illustrated by Anne Montel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Every day presents us with a wide range of choices including what to have to breakfast, what to wear and what to do in our spare time. Even deciding which piece of homework to tackle first presents a challenge. But when night comes and it’s time for bed, what choice is there but to lie in the dark … and count sheep? This book takes us through all the choices in a typical child’s busy day and presents the reader with a puzzle. On every spread there’s something specific to find amongst the thousand billion (well, almost) things in the bright and busy artwork.

My Colorful Chameleon book
#12
My Colorful Chameleon
Written by Leonie Roberts and illustrated by Mike Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Is a chameleon the ultimate pest of a pet or just a clever adapter to its environment? In this story, told in rhyme, our main character gets into trouble because she keeps losing sight of the family pet who just won't stop blending into its surroundings. But that's what chameleons do! This is a story which explores the unique physical traits of chameleons, and also offers readers lots of fun in spotting the animal before it disappears into the background.

Cars and Trucks on the Road book
#13
Cars and Trucks on the Road
Written and illustrated by Alessia Girasole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

This charming and witty "can-you-find-it" large-format board book follows one purple car from road to road while a succession of other vehicles joins it. Each spread also features a certain number of hidden items for children to find. Will kids be able to find the 10 bluebirds alongside the lone purple car? What about the two black limousines and nine potted plants? It all culminates in the final gatefold spread, which reveals a tremendous traffic jam with every car from the previous spreads! Children will spend hours poring over this book as they search for their favorite vehicles and reoccurring characters on every page. They’ll also find mini-stories within the main story (will the giraffe bike messenger find his lost wallet?), and several hidden items on every page. Numbers and colors are clearly indicated on each spread, and although certainly busy, each spread is carefully designed to provide just the right amount of challenge to young children.

Cycle City book
#14
Cycle City
Written and illustrated by Alison Farrell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with prompts and lots to see on every page, this is a sweet story for the sharpest of eyes.

Where's My Jumper? book
#15
Where's My Jumper?
Written and illustrated by Nicola Slater
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Rudy is looking for his jumper. He's searched everywhere - indoors, outdoors, upstairs and down. In the kitchen, in the bathroom-round and round and round. Wherever can it be? A super-cute, super-fun book with flaps, die-cut pages, and a counting element too.

Crabtree book
#16
Crabtree
Written by and illustrated by Jon Nichols, Tucker Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Alfred Crabtree has lost his false teeth. But don’t worry, he’ll find them if he can just get his things organized! Alfred's world is cluttered with surprising objects. Some are very uncommon, and some are probably not where they ought to be. There are a lot of pencils and small yapping dogs. There’s a squeeze bottle of mustard, a plunger, a rubber band or two, a few very fancy hats, and a group portrait of sea monsters. There’s an old cassette tape, a swizzle stick, a bicycle pump, and an armadillo shell. Join Alfred on a romp through his far too many possessions and you’ll end up learning more about him than he knows about himself. And maybe he’ll find his teeth in all that stuff!

100 Bugs! A Counting Book book
#17
100 Bugs! A Counting Book
Written by Kate Narita and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A boy and girl find and count 100 different bugs in their backyard in increments of ten.

Where's the Bear? book
#18
Where's the Bear?
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius, Nosy Crow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly animals hiding behind bright felt flaps. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book's search-and-find inquiries. (Where are you? There you are!) A perfect book to share with very little ones.

I Thought I Saw a Bear book
#19
I Thought I Saw a Bear
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
picture 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 animal hiding in every scene. With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this novelty series.

I Thought I Saw an Elephant book
#20
I Thought I Saw an Elephant
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
picture 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 animal hiding in every scene. With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this novelty series.

Hey, Water! book
#21
Hey, Water!
Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

There's a Spider in This Book book
#22
There's a Spider in This Book
Written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Mike Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

There's a spider in this book. Are you brave enough to take a look? Eric the spider can't understand why people scream and run away from him. He only wants to say hello. But Fluffy the cat wants to eat Eric, so he's hiding. It's up to the reader to find Eric on every spread and maybe finally catch a glimpse of him with the surprise lift the flap ending . . . A funny and engaging story written by internationally bestselling author, Claire Freedman, and brought to life by Mike Byrne's hilarious and colourful illustrations.

Where Is Galah? book
#23
Where Is Galah?
Written and illustrated by Sally Morgan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Dingo is on the prowl. He can see Emu, Swan, and Turtle. He can hear Crocodile, Frog, and Kookaburra. But where is Galah? Sally Morgan brings the Australian landscape alive in this colorful exploration of animals and animal sounds. Children will have fun with the search-and-find element. Galah is hiding on every page!

Catch Me: A Seek-and-Find Book book
#24
Catch Me: A Seek-and-Find Book
Written and illustrated by Anders Arhoj
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Cats and dogs rule—and wreak humorous havoc—in this innovative picture book that reads from front to back and back to front! In this action-packed follow-up to Find Me: A Hide-and-Seek Book, readers will delight in tracking a sly cat, Big Meow, and an elusive dog, Little Woof, through 11 richly detailed scenes populated with dogs, cats, and other cute creatures. Finding each protagonist is made even more fun with vibrant color changes on every page. Open the book from the front to search for Big Meow, then open the book from the back to turn the tables and catch Little Woof. It's two seek-and-find experiences in one book!

Just Like My Brother book
#25
Just Like My Brother
Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An entertaining and moving tribute to big brothers by the author/illustrator of Meet Me at the Moon and Following Papa's Song. Continuing her picture book stories about family relationships, Gianna Marino introduces Little Giraffe, who adores her big brother. Set in a stunning African landscape, the story begins with a game of hide-and-seek as Little Giraffe looks for her big brother, who's just out of her sight, but always safely nearby. As she asks the many animals she encounters on her search if they've seen him, it's evident how much she admires him. He's taller and faster and braver than her, she tells them. But as the search continues, the other animals insist that Little Giraffe is tall, and fast, and brave, too . . . and best of all, she has a wonderful older brother who looks out for her!

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