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I Spy: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about I Spy is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From All Through My Town to 10 Blue Butterflies there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about I Spy? Let us know!

All Through My Town book
#1
All Through My Town
Written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Leo Timmers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Rising, waking Bread is baking School bus honks its horn Who are the people in your neighborhood? Perfect for the pre-K set, this adorable rhyming text takes a walking tour of your community. The fresh modern art of Leo Timmers features hidden details and a perennial theme reminiscent of Richard Scarry. Little ones will beg to re-read again as they discover the characters who repeat throughout the art in this sweet and vibrant story.

Little Alphaprints: Animals book
#2
Little Alphaprints: Animals
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This charming board book with fantastic fingerprint pictures of amazing animals will captivate and delight even the youngest of children. Brightly colored fingerprints are turned into a parade of animals by adding photographs of fun, everyday things for children to spot. Each animal has raised embossing for little fingers to reach out for and explore, creating a visual and tactile experience that children will want to repeat over and over again.

A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep) book
#3
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.

Each Peach Pear Plum book
#4
Each Peach Pear Plum
Written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Each Peach Pear Plum – the classic picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo!. Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. This board book edition is perfect for little hands. In this book With your little eye, Take a look, And play ‘I spy’ Praise for Each Peach Pear Plum: ‘Deceptively simple. Each Peach Pear Plum is a work of genius’ Elaine Moss ‘This familiar rhyme has been given the brilliant Ahlbreg treatment to which no young child can fail to respond. It’s a book which will be read over and over again . . . just perfect!’ Child Education ‘A charming, pictorial fantasia…a warm, sunny, delectable picture book’ Brian Alderson, The Times Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children’s picture books. The Baby’s Catalogue was inspired by their daughter, Jessica. The Ahlbergs’ books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Lost Picnic book
#5
The Lost Picnic
Written and illustrated by B. B. Cronin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A brilliantly illustrated seek-and-find that dazzles even more than The Lost House, from the award-winning B. B. Cronin! Grandad is taking his grandchildren on a picnic in his jalopy. They ride on a busy highway full of cars and signs, past charming villages and topiary-filled parks, out into the country. But when they finally arrive at the picnic spot, they discover all their food has tumbled out of the car along the way! It’s up to readers to find the missing food so the family can enjoy their meal at last.

  1. The Wheels on the Bus - The 25th anniversary edition of a beloved classic Over a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doors that open and shut, and people who go bumpety-bump. Today it remains as fresh and engaging as when it was first published twenty five years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Paul O. Zelinsky has created an all-new cover featuring twenty five, hidden 25s. Some are the number 25 and others are 25 of something in the picture. Can you find them all?

  2. The Lost House - 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.

  3. Where's the Knight? - Do knights in shining armor still exist? Grandfather, George, and Meg the dog are on the hunt to find out. Even though the three manage to wander through a spooky old castle without seeing a single medieval warrior, sharp-eyed kids will see them everywhere. Over 100 knights are leaning out of the slit windows, hiding behind drawbridges, and even jousting! Little hands will have lots of fun seeking out the tactile spots on these embossed pages as they count the knights.

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Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago book
#10
Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago
Written and illustrated by Frances Castle, Mike Jolley, Amanda Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Would an Inca warrior have ridden a camel? Would a Viking have listened to his radio? Test your knowledge of history and spot 20 mistakes in every scene from ancient civilisations, then turn to the back where you’ll find the answers and more fun facts.

The Twelve Days of Christmas book
#11
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Written by and illustrated by Laurel Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The astounding talent of Laurel Long brings this beloved song to life with breathtaking style. Set against a lush countryside, each day brings a new gift elegantly rendered. And like in the verses of the song, the previous gifts are repeated in every illustration, giving this striking artwork a hidden aspect, culminating in a staggering spread featuring them all. Readers will pore over every page, searching for golden rings, turtledoves, and all the rest, secretly tucked into each stunning painting. Laurel Long’s unparalleled style makes this exquisite volume a treasure that will be cherished for years to come.

10 Blue Butterflies book
#12
10 Blue Butterflies
Written and illustrated by Sam Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Try to spy the small, colorful animals hidden inside the big pictures! Can you find 1 red ladybug nestled among hundreds of multicolored ladybugs? How about 2 orange fish or 6 brown bears? And since chameleons hide everywhere, can you count how many are concealed among the other animals throughout the book? Sam Williams' stunning, bright illustrations make this a wonderful search and counting book to teach and enjoy.

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