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69 Books With Stuffed Animals At Their Heart

Looking for amazing books about stuffed animal friends?

My son has a stuffed dog he absolutely adores—Rufus. Rufus is an excellent adventurer, a champion owie kisser, and an all-around faithful pal that makes any situation feel safer for my son. He comes on every trip and a couple of weeks ago when he got lost we almost had to replace him… good thing he turned up at the bottom of a bucket of train tracks just in time. Stuffed animal friends are such an integral part of many young childhoods that we thought they deserved a special list all their own, so if you’re looking for some excellent titles about stuffed animals this is the list for you!

This list contains some age-old classics you’re probably already familiar with, such as The Velveteen Rabbit; some more recent hits, like Knuffle Bunny (by Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Mo Willems); and some hidden gems you may not have heard of before, like Lionheart, that nonetheless deserve a very special place on your shelves. We’ve also covered a variety of topics on this list. To name a few, there are children’s books about lost stuffed animals (Harry and Horsie), books about bedtime companions who smooth the transition to sleep (Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed) and books about courageous friends who accompany us on adventures (Brave Enough For Two.)

Because stuffed animals can be a comfort across a wide variety of ages, this list includes board, picture and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers ages 0 to 3. Picture books are enjoyable across the entire age spectrum, but are generally geared towards children ages 2 to 6, and chapter books are recommended for readers ages 7 to 10. Feel free to filter to a single book type or browse the list in its entirety.

We’ve confined ourselves in this list to books just about stuffed animals, so if you’re looking for children’s books about dolls or some gems in children’s literature about toys in general, check out our list of the best children’s books about toys: https://bookroo.com/books/topics/toys.

The eternal words of The Skin Horse sum up the depths of feelings these stuffed animals friends can elicit from the young and young at heart: “Real isn’t how you are made… It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” Without further ado, jump right in and discover some new favorites!

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Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
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This is an AMAZING book that I never get tired of reading and my toddler never gets tired of listening to. He'll ask for this book again and again and again and when we had a couple of night stay in the hospital earlier this year, this is one of the three books we grabbed as we ran out the door. The illustrations following Belle and her stuffed rabbit Boo through the story are peaceful and dreamy (the parades of children in their pajamas are my favorite!) and the rhymes are calming and lullaby-esque.
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Join Belle and her bunny, Boo, as they follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others through dreamy fantasies to a cozy bed of their own. Gentle rhymes and luminous illustrations will help little ones wind down and tuck in for a good night’s sleep. This lullaby journey is as captivating and soothing as any parent or child could want — by the end, there won’t be an open eye in the house!

Belle & Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children. Visit them at belleandboo.com.

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The Little Rabbit
Written & illustrated by Nicola Killen
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From beloved author/illustrator Nicola Killen comes an enchanting spring story about a magical friendship between a little girl and her stuffed rabbit who comes to life, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages.

Ollie and her favorite friend bunny have been waiting for the rain to stop and spring to come, and at long last the sun arrives. Ollie puts on her rain boots, wraps bunny in a warm scarf, and the two set off for exploring. Then a sudden breeze whispers past and bunny’s nose twitches and their magical adventure begins…

The Little Rabbit is sure to enchant and charm young readers and is great for sharing with a friend.

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Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
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The illustrations in this book are beautiful with a unique touch. Each page appears only half-illustrated a creative use of solid white shapes. The cadence is calming and makes for a great going-to-bed book. I can't put my finger on why, but this book reminds me of simplicity and the innocence of a child.
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown’s soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly’s comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

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Harry and Horsie
Written by Katie Van Camp & illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
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Harry and Horsie is a great book. After noticing that it features a special note from Dave Letterman, I learned that the author, Katie Van Camp, was actually a nanny for David Letterman's son, Harry, and Katie wrote the book as a gift to the Lettermans. The illustrations are adorable, and readers will enjoy venturing into space with Harry as they search for his stuffed friend Horsie. Harry is surprised to find his racecars speeding along Saturn's rings and his cat enjoying the tasty milk on the Milky Way. The book is whimsical and fun, and I really think other readers will love it.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a boy named Harry sneaks out of bed one night with his best friend, Horsie, to play with his Super Duper Bubble Blooper – an out-of-this-world adventure begins! Illustrated with retro-comic art, this is a charming story about the power of friendship and imagination from a talented new team.

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Lionheart
Written & illustrated by Richard Collingridge
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The illustrations in this book are gorgeously rich and detailed and add reality to this story of imagination and conquering fears. Richard's lion (Lionheart) was reminiscent of Aslan (of The Chronicles of Narnia) to me in his protection and empowerment of the little boy in facing his own fears, which made the story even more powerful and meaningful to me personally. My toddler asks for this book on a daily basis and particularly loves the part where all the animals roar together! The monster in this book doesn't seem to bother my son at all, but I think it looks a little scary—something to be aware of if it's something your children might be sensitive to.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Richard hears something in his room before bedtime. Is it a monster? He doesn’t wait to find out and sets off running through the streets, over the hills, through the forest, and into the fields until he finds himself in a magical jungle. With the help of his stuffed lion Lionheart, Richard finds the courage he needs to face his fears.

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The Best Bear in All the World
Written by Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley, and Paul Bright & illustrated by Mark Burgess
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

For the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, a sequel featuring new stories and a new character from the Hundred Acre Wood.

Now a New York Times Bestseller.

The Trustees of the Pooh Properties have commissioned four authors to write in the timeless style of A.A. Milne to create a quartet of charming new adventures for Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall: take a trip back to the Hundred Acre Wood with a collection of tales sure to delight year-round.

One story finds Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet on a quest to discover the “Sauce of the Nile” (they suspect it’s apple). And in another, all the animals rally around poor Eeyore when he thinks he sees another donkey eyeing his clover. The winter story features a new penguin character, based on a stuffed toy owned by Christopher Robin Milne himself. Readers of all ages will love rediscovering old friends and making new ones in this essential new volume of Pooh stories.

The book feature beautiful color artwork in the style of Ernest H. Shepard by Mark Burgess.

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Brave Enough for Two
Written & illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The illustrations in this book are delightful and I especially love how Olive's hair is drawn! Olive and Hoot are fast friends, "but as you know, best friends don't always like the same thing," but they do trust each other completely. Even though Olive doesn't feel as brave as Hoot, she joins him first on a balloon adventure and then on a boat adventure before it becomes Olive's turn to be the brave one and lead the way home. The true friendship and comradery that exists between them is authentic and wonderful.
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

In the spirit of “Goodnight Moon” and “The Night Gardener” comes a heartwarming picture book about a little girl, her stuffed-animal owl, and their loving friendship from debut author-illustrator Voss. Full color.

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Written by Margery Williams & illustrated by William Nicholson
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Margery Williams’ famous story tells of a young boy and his treasured favorite toy, a splendid “fat and bunchy” rabbit, whose ears are lined with pink sateen. He carries it everywhere, talks to it, pretends with it, sleeps with it each night. The love he steadfastly bestows on his toy helps him through a serious illness and afterwards saves his beloved bunny from a terrible fate.

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Corduroy
Written & illustrated by Don Freeman
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Corduroy was first introduced to readers in 1968, and in the fifty years since, his adventures have never stopped.

Corduroy has been on the department store shelf for a long time. Yet as soon as Lisa sees him, she knows that he’s the bear for her. Her mother, though, thinks he’s a little shopworn—he’s even missing a button! Still, Corduroy knows that with a bit of work he can tidy himself up and be just the bear for Lisa. And where better to start than with a nighttime adventure through the department store, searching for a new button!

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Bear in the Air
Written by Susan Meyers
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The illustrations and text in this book are both fantastic. I love the watercolor illustrations, particularly the style of the illustrated frames on the left-hand pages when each new actor in the story is introduced (i.e. "this is the seal who...") The parallel structure for much of the book (i.e. "this is the ...") is fun to read, and combined with the excellent rhyming keeps the story clipping right along and it's a fantastically enjoyable book to listen to being read aloud.
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

Lost by the child who loves him, a devoted teddy bear begins an amazing seaside journey home that involves an ocean swim, a flight with seagulls and a sailor’s assistance. By the award-winning author of Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!

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Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Bunnies And Rabbits

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Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is an AMAZING book that I never get tired of reading and my toddler never gets tired of listening to. He'll ask for this book again and again and again and when we had a couple of night stay in the hospital earlier this year, this is one of the three books we grabbed as we ran out the door. The illustrations following Belle and her stuffed rabbit Boo through the story are peaceful and dreamy (the parades of children in their pajamas are my favorite!) and the rhymes are calming and lullaby-esque.
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Join Belle and her bunny, Boo, as they follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others through dreamy fantasies to a cozy bed of their own. Gentle rhymes and luminous illustrations will help little ones wind down and tuck in for a good night’s sleep. This lullaby journey is as captivating and soothing as any parent or child could want — by the end, there won’t be an open eye in the house!

Belle & Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children. Visit them at belleandboo.com.

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The Little Rabbit
Written & illustrated by Nicola Killen
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From beloved author/illustrator Nicola Killen comes an enchanting spring story about a magical friendship between a little girl and her stuffed rabbit who comes to life, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages.

Ollie and her favorite friend bunny have been waiting for the rain to stop and spring to come, and at long last the sun arrives. Ollie puts on her rain boots, wraps bunny in a warm scarf, and the two set off for exploring. Then a sudden breeze whispers past and bunny’s nose twitches and their magical adventure begins…

The Little Rabbit is sure to enchant and charm young readers and is great for sharing with a friend.

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Written by Margery Williams & illustrated by William Nicholson
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Margery Williams’ famous story tells of a young boy and his treasured favorite toy, a splendid “fat and bunchy” rabbit, whose ears are lined with pink sateen. He carries it everywhere, talks to it, pretends with it, sleeps with it each night. The love he steadfastly bestows on his toy helps him through a serious illness and afterwards saves his beloved bunny from a terrible fate.

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  1. Gideon & Otto - Otto the toy octopus goes everywhere with Gideon, a small gosling, but while Gideon is playing with some rabbits Otto falls off the wall on which he was left and makes a new acquaintance.

  2. Poppy's Best Paper - Fans of Olivia and Lilly will delight in Poppy, a little rabbit with big dreams—and an even bigger personality. More than anything, Poppy wants to be a verrrry famous writer. She’s sure Mrs. Rose will pick her paper to read to the whole class! Trouble is, she has tall ambitions but is short on effort, and her jealousy takes over when her best friend’s paper is chosen instead. In the end, Poppy discovers that she has to get out of her own way if her big dreams are going to come true. Rosalinde’s adorable, expressive illustrations make memorable, quirky Poppy a real star!

  3. The Backup Bunny - Everybody needs a backup plan, especially when you lose your favorite toy. When Max loses his favorite toy—Bunny—his clever mom brings out the “backup bunny”—Fluffy—to save the day. Fluffy is thrilled to have the chance to play with Max, but is soon rejected by the observant child who notices that his ears are too new and perky. Can Fluffy find a way into his favorite boy’s heart? The Backup Bunny will keep you laughing and inspire you to make room for another favorite story.

Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Animals

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Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
The illustrations in this book are beautiful with a unique touch. Each page appears only half-illustrated a creative use of solid white shapes. The cadence is calming and makes for a great going-to-bed book. I can't put my finger on why, but this book reminds me of simplicity and the innocence of a child.
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown’s soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly’s comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

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Harry and Horsie
Written by Katie Van Camp & illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
Harry and Horsie is a great book. After noticing that it features a special note from Dave Letterman, I learned that the author, Katie Van Camp, was actually a nanny for David Letterman's son, Harry, and Katie wrote the book as a gift to the Lettermans. The illustrations are adorable, and readers will enjoy venturing into space with Harry as they search for his stuffed friend Horsie. Harry is surprised to find his racecars speeding along Saturn's rings and his cat enjoying the tasty milk on the Milky Way. The book is whimsical and fun, and I really think other readers will love it.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a boy named Harry sneaks out of bed one night with his best friend, Horsie, to play with his Super Duper Bubble Blooper – an out-of-this-world adventure begins! Illustrated with retro-comic art, this is a charming story about the power of friendship and imagination from a talented new team.

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The Best Bear in All the World
Written by Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley, and Paul Bright & illustrated by Mark Burgess
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

For the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, a sequel featuring new stories and a new character from the Hundred Acre Wood.

Now a New York Times Bestseller.

The Trustees of the Pooh Properties have commissioned four authors to write in the timeless style of A.A. Milne to create a quartet of charming new adventures for Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall: take a trip back to the Hundred Acre Wood with a collection of tales sure to delight year-round.

One story finds Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet on a quest to discover the “Sauce of the Nile” (they suspect it’s apple). And in another, all the animals rally around poor Eeyore when he thinks he sees another donkey eyeing his clover. The winter story features a new penguin character, based on a stuffed toy owned by Christopher Robin Milne himself. Readers of all ages will love rediscovering old friends and making new ones in this essential new volume of Pooh stories.

The book feature beautiful color artwork in the style of Ernest H. Shepard by Mark Burgess.

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  1. Where's My Teddy? - 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.

  2. I Know a Rhino - One lucky little girl has tea with a rhino, plays in the mud with a pig, blows bubbles in a bath with a giraffe, sings and dances with an orangutan, and engages in other equally unusual and amusing antics with an assortment of animals. How is this possible? Read I Know a Rhino by author/illustrator Charles Fuge to find out.

  3. Monkey and Me - Monkey and me, Monkey and me, Monkey and me, We went to see… A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kangaroos to waddling like penguins! Open this book and play along with them. Can you guess what animal they are now?

  4. Little Fox in the Forest - Fans of Aaron Becker’s Caldecott Honor winner Journey will love this utterly enchanting wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world. When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? Stephanie Graegin’s oh-so-charming illustrations are simply irresistible, and readers young and old will want to pore over the pages of this delightful fantasy adventure again and again.

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Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Bears

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Corduroy
Written & illustrated by Don Freeman
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Corduroy was first introduced to readers in 1968, and in the fifty years since, his adventures have never stopped.

Corduroy has been on the department store shelf for a long time. Yet as soon as Lisa sees him, she knows that he’s the bear for her. Her mother, though, thinks he’s a little shopworn—he’s even missing a button! Still, Corduroy knows that with a bit of work he can tidy himself up and be just the bear for Lisa. And where better to start than with a nighttime adventure through the department store, searching for a new button!

Celebrate 50 years of this irresistible childhood classic, a heartwarming story about a little bear and a little girl finding the friend they have always wanted in each other.

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Winnie-the-Pooh
Written by A. A. Milne & illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The four Pooh books created by A. A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard have long been cherished by children and adults. These stories - starring the round, endearing Bear of Little Brain and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and others - are as popular today as when they first enchanted readers more than seventy years ago.

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Bear in the Air
Written by Susan Meyers
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The illustrations and text in this book are both fantastic. I love the watercolor illustrations, particularly the style of the illustrated frames on the left-hand pages when each new actor in the story is introduced (i.e. "this is the seal who...") The parallel structure for much of the book (i.e. "this is the ...") is fun to read, and combined with the excellent rhyming keeps the story clipping right along and it's a fantastically enjoyable book to listen to being read aloud.
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

Lost by the child who loves him, a devoted teddy bear begins an amazing seaside journey home that involves an ocean swim, a flight with seagulls and a sailor’s assistance. By the award-winning author of Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!

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  1. The Best Kind of Bear - When Nelly asks Bear what kind of bear he is, he isn’t entirely sure how to answer. So off he goes to find out. But none of the different bears he meets on his travels are like him. Grizzly bears don’t have stitching; polar bears don’t have tags attached to their bottoms; spectacled bears are not as soft and bouncy as Bear is; and sun bears never wear bow ties. Disheartened, he returns to Nelly . . . only to discover what kind of bear he is — her own special bear!

  2. Bear's Scare - This adorable, quirky board book features a charming odd-couple friendship and is perfect for fans of Peter Brown and Greg Pizzoli. Bear likes to keep his house clean and tidy. In fact, the only thing Bear loves more than cleaning is taking care of his small stuffed friend, Ursa. Then Bear sees a sticky spiderweb . . . and where there’s a web there is certainly a spider! The messy guest must be found, but what Bear and Ursa finally discover might just be an unlikely friend.

  3. Hush Little Polar Bear: A Picture Book - AN IMPOSSIBLY CUDDLY BABY POLAR BEAR travels from one magical place to another. “Hush baby polar bear. Sleep in the snow, and dream of the places where sleeping bears go.” Readers follow a baby snow-white plush polar bear that has been brought to life by his owner’s imagination from the back of a whale with the sea spray surrounding, to a land of tall grass where butterflies float by up into the sky itself…and happily right back through the window into the loving arms of his owner asleep in bed. Mack’s lush and lovable illustrations suit the lulling, rhyming text to make a perfect bedtime book sure to leave readers and listeners with warm and fuzzy feelings read after read.

  4. Horrible Bear! - The New York Times-bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents a hilarious new book about accidents, outbursts, manners…and the power of saying “I’m sorry.” Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway–upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe–just maybe–Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.

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Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Toys, Dolls And Puppets

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Bun Bun Button
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma’s pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.

This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one’s watching.

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Ollie's Odyssey
Written by William Joyce
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Recommend Ages: 7-11

From the creator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians of Childhood comes a grand adventure of valor, friendship, and a look into the mysterious world of favorite toys.

In the secret realm of toys, there are many mysteries.

There is the Code of the Toys, which is as ancient as childhood.

There’s also the magic of becoming a child’s favorite, the highest honor in the Toy World.

Made by hand by Billy’s mother, Ollie is a special toy, “a toy who will matter.” He becomes Billy’s best friend, confidant, pal, and yes, Billy’s “favorite.”

But there are villains in the Toy World, and Zozo, the clown king, is the most feared. He and his toy henchman (the Creeps) have sworn to steal and imprison favorite toys until they forget their children and become forever lost.

When Ollie is toynapped, Billy must rescue his beloved favorite from Zozo’s subterranean lair in the old Carnival Place, past the park, through the woods, and into the night.

Never has a journey of ten blocks been more epic.

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Have You Seen Duck?
Written by Janet A. Holmes & illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A beloved stuffed Duck does everything with his boy. So when Duck goes missing, the boy looks everywhere for him. “He won’t know what to do without me,” he says. The boy asks the shopkeeper, the postman, the bus driver, and the dog next door. No one has seen Duck.

Back at home, what’s hiding between the couch cushions? Duck!

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  1. Knuffle Bunny - Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind? Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy’s in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

  2. Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! - 6½ stories about 2 surprising friends. Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising. Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them. But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed. Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship that readers of any age will love.

  3. Dragon Meets Boy - Michael Slack’s Dragon Meets Boy is a moving friendship story about the universal joys and tender heartaches of growing up, for fans of Toy Story. One summer day a boy meets a dragon. They become instant friends and share incredible adventures together. When Boy is sad, Dragon cheers him up. When Boy is scared, Dragon makes him feel brave. But, in time, things start to change. Boy gets bigger, while Dragon stays the same. Dragon seems so lonely, until the circle continues with a new generation with Boy’s daughter! This deftly poignant story captures the lifelong friendship between a child and a beloved toy. Christy Ottaviano Books

  4. Bunny Boo Has Lost Her Teddy - It’s bedtime for Bunny Boo. But where is her teddy? Is he on the bookselves? No,that’s Hippo! Perhaps he’s in the laundry room? No, that’s Dog and Frog. A delightful peekaboo book with chunky tabs for little hands to push and pull.

Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Feelings And Emotions

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Lionheart
Written & illustrated by Richard Collingridge
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The illustrations in this book are gorgeously rich and detailed and add reality to this story of imagination and conquering fears. Richard's lion (Lionheart) was reminiscent of Aslan (of The Chronicles of Narnia) to me in his protection and empowerment of the little boy in facing his own fears, which made the story even more powerful and meaningful to me personally. My toddler asks for this book on a daily basis and particularly loves the part where all the animals roar together! The monster in this book doesn't seem to bother my son at all, but I think it looks a little scary—something to be aware of if it's something your children might be sensitive to.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Richard hears something in his room before bedtime. Is it a monster? He doesn’t wait to find out and sets off running through the streets, over the hills, through the forest, and into the fields until he finds himself in a magical jungle. With the help of his stuffed lion Lionheart, Richard finds the courage he needs to face his fears.

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Brave Enough for Two
Written & illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
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The illustrations in this book are delightful and I especially love how Olive's hair is drawn! Olive and Hoot are fast friends, "but as you know, best friends don't always like the same thing," but they do trust each other completely. Even though Olive doesn't feel as brave as Hoot, she joins him first on a balloon adventure and then on a boat adventure before it becomes Olive's turn to be the brave one and lead the way home. The true friendship and comradery that exists between them is authentic and wonderful.
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

In the spirit of “Goodnight Moon” and “The Night Gardener” comes a heartwarming picture book about a little girl, her stuffed-animal owl, and their loving friendship from debut author-illustrator Voss. Full color.

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No Fits, Nilson!
Written & illustrated by Zachariah OHora
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Nilson and Amelia do everything together. But if one little thing goes wrong, Nilson throws the biggest, most house shaking-est fit ever! Amelia helps Nilson control his gorilla-sized temper by promising him banana ice cream and letting him play with her froggy coin purse. But, sometimes, Amelia needs to be calmed down, too.

Inspired by Ohora’s own “negotiations” with his two sons, No Fits, Nilson! is a hilarious preschool pick for kids and parents navigating the treacherous tantrum phase.

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  1. Turtle and Me - This charming story details the beautiful friendship between a boy and his plush toy turtle. Turtle and Me is a charming story about the adventures a little boy has with his cuddly toy turtle. Over the years, Turtle gets covered in spaghetti, splattered by mud, chewed by a puppy, and much more—but the boy still loves him. Turtle has become his security blanket, as well as his best friend. But one day Turtle suffers a horrible rip that the boy can’t repair. The boy decides he doesn’t need his old chewed up, sewn up, taped up, ripped up ragggedy turtle anymore. But when he tries to sleep at night, he begins to think otherwise!

  2. Sam and Jump - Sam and his stuffed bunny, Jump, are best friends, and they do everything together. One day, on a trip to the beach, Sam meets Thomas. Sam and Thomas play together all day and promise to do the same the next day. But when Sam gets home he realizes Jump is still at the beach! It’s too late and too dark to go find him, and Sam worries all night. What if Jump is nowhere to be found? Can Sam brave the world without his best friend? Little ones with their own cherished toys will be drawn to this reassuring story about losing something dear only to gain something even better.

  3. Doggie Gets Scared - Shadows, strangers, thunder and lightning! Sometimes a toy doggie gets scared. Don't worry, Doggie, Baby is here.

  4. Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark - The adorable and indomitable Tiny T. Rex from the critically acclaimed Tiny T. Rex and The Impossible Hug is back in a tale about friendship and overcoming your fears. Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the backyard! It is what best friends do. But without their nighty-lights, the dark outside suddenly seems VERY dark . . . and very full of spooky things. Good thing Tiny has a super-secret plan to keep the dark at bay! Full of warmth and plenty of laughs, this new adventure starring Tiny T. Rex shows that friends will always find a way to face their fears together—even when those fears are not what they seem! • A great read-aloud book for parents and children • Hip, colorful art and delightful text make Tiny T. Rex an instant favorite of any dinosaur-loving toddler. • A perfect book to help toddlers and children overcome a fear of the dark Fans of silly picture books like Dinosaur vs Bedtime, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, and Llama Destroys the World will love the sweet spirit and continuing adventures of Tiny T. Rex.

Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Imagination

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The Bear on the Stair
Written & illustrated by Igloo Books
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Look over there! A bear on the stair. Why is he there? Read on…if you dare!

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Moonlight Bear
Written & illustrated by Rosie Wellesley
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A gentle soothing story for young children at bedtime with lovely soft artwork by the popular illustrator of The Very Helpful Hedgehog and The Very Best Sheepdog. A special glow-in-the-dark moon on the cover adds to the fun. Eva drifts off to sleep with her favourite teddy bear. When she wakes in the night. Bear is gone. She looks all over her room only to find that her teddy has turned into a real bear.

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Tell Me About Your Day Today
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Lauren Stringer
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A boy and his favorite stuffed animals share their days with one another in this cozy bedtime picture book from Mem Fox.

There was once a boy who loved bedtime.

 What could be more wonderful than sharing bedtime with beloved friends? The little boy in this gentle and fun story loves to talk to his stuffed animals each evening and share with them all the things that happened to him that day—and to hear about their days, too.
 From bestselling author Mem Fox and award-winning illustrator Lauren Stinger, here is a celebration of imagination, play, friendship, and coziness certain to touch a chord with young children everywhere.
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  1. Loved to Bits - Ted and his boy do everything together.They fight beasts and have feasts.They tickle monsters then flee on rafts, They search, explore, escape. . . . and laugh.But sometimes things get rough, and Teddy loses an ear.He’s still got his best one though, never fear! And an eye? PING!It’s nothing-he didn’t feel a thing!A leg, then the other. An arm, and then the next.What do you do with a broken Ted?You lay down with him at night and snuggle in bed.

  2. CookieBot! (Harry and Horsie Adventures) - The Problem: Harry and Horsie want cookies, but the jar is way out of reach. The Solution: Build CookieBot—the most amazing cookie-grabbing robot ever! What could go wrong?

  3. Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury - Beginning with the day Hobbes sprang into Calvin's tuna fish trap, the first two Calvin and Hobbes collections, Calvin and Hobbes and Something Under The Bed Is Drooling, are brought together in this treasury. Including black-and-white dailies and color Sundays, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes also features an original full-color 16-page story.

Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Teddy Bears

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Corduroy Lost and Found
Written by B.G. Hennessy & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A new adventure for a classic teddy bear! Corduroy the beloved bear slips out very early one morning to get a birthday present for Lisa. He spies what he thinks is a yellow balloon up in the sky, thinking that would be perfect for her. But when the sun rises, the balloon (really the full moon) disappears. And now Corduroy is lost. Lisa finds him, but not before Corduroy succeeds in getting just the right gift—a lollipop as yellow and round as the moon. Written in the whimsical style of Don Freeman and illustrated in the exact scratchboard technique he used to create Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy.

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Louis
Written by Tom Lichtenheld & illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

A beloved teddy can bear it no longer and plots his escape from his owner’s sufocating affections in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New York Times best-selling creator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site_ and _Steam Train Dream Train fame, Tom Lichtenheld.

Louis the bear has had enough.

From day one, life has been one indignity after another. If he’s not being used as a hankie, he’s being hung out to dry—literally. (No one likes clothespins used on their ears!) This teddy is sneaking away just as soon as he can. Then again, no use running off in the rain . . .or during a show-and-tell routine. Maybe Louis has something to lose, after all. 

This fresh and funny take on a teddy bear come to life is a salty and sweet, grumpy and tender, sly tribute to the ties that bind.

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My Friend Bear
Written & illustrated by Jez Alborough
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Eddie’s feeling sad, and so is the bear. They both wish they had a friend to talk to. All they have are their teddies, and teddies can’t talk. Or can they? Teddy fans, prepare! From the author-illustrator of the best-selling WHERE’S MY TEDDY? and IT’S THE BEAR! comes a third warm and funny story about this odd-sized, lovable pair, a small boy and a rather large bear!

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  1. Pocket for Corduroy - This irresistible childhood classic is a delightful sequel to the original, well-loved tale <i>Corduroy</i>. This charming story takes readers into a multi-ethnic, urban neighborhood Laundromat, where Lisa’s mother warns her to take everything out of her pockets before washing.<p>Pockets! Corduroy doesn’t have any pockets! The furry bear’s search for a pocket of his own takes him on an adventure filled with the sights, sounds, smells and hazards of the Laundromat. As a result, Lisa and her beloved bear become separated as Corduroy ends up locked inside the Laundromat all night. And what do bears do all night in places like this? They ski in the soap flakes and nap in the baskets, of course!</p><p>Fortunately, Lisa returns early the next morning to reclaim her tired little friend. Soon, Lisa is sewing Corduroy a pocket of his very own and again all is well in the life of Corduroy.</p><p>”This merry tale gets added interest from…the setting, a multi-ethnic urban neighborhood, of cuddly Corduroy and his pal Lisa, a black child, and her attractive mother.” – <i>Publishers Weekly</i>.</p>

  2. Merry Christmas, Corduroy! - Celebrate Christmas with Corduroy in this festive board book! Corduroy is excited to celebrate Christmas! To get ready, he decorates his tree, bakes cookies, and wraps presents. When the snow starts falling on Christmas Eve, Corduroy hangs up his stocking and leaves a note for Santa. Merry Christmas, Corduroy!

  3. Corduroy's Best Halloween Ever! - Halloween is almost here, and Corduroy can’t wait! He is going to have a party. He and his friends will carve a jack-o’-lantern, bob for apples, and go trick-or-treating! But there is one problem-Corduroy needs to choose a costume. What will he wear?

  4. Teddy Bears' Picnic (Original) - Read (or sing!) your way through this picture book adaptation of the favorite teddy-bear tale, The Teddy Bears' Picnic.

Books About Stuffed Animal Friends and Imagination And Play

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Henry & Leo
Written & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Leo isn t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry s best friend and brother. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wind. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry sfamily believes Leo is real enough to find his way home. With beautiful mixed-media paintings, the Caldecott Honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski explores the transcendent nature of friendship and love.”

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Never Ever
Written & illustrated by Jo Empson
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Recommend Ages: 3-8

Nothing ever happens to me. Never, ever. Ever, never. Nothing. Or does it? Jo Empson’s debut picture book Rabbityness was published to universal acclaim in Spring 2012. Never Ever displays her inimitable sense of fun, her love of storytelling and surprise, and her delight in the magical world of the imagination.

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Mimi and Bear in the Snow
Written & illustrated by Janee Trasler
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

Every day is more fun with a best friend by your side.

Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is sure to be there. But what happens when Mimi can’t find Bear? Find out in this adorable board book that is sure to bring a big smile to anyone who has ever lost a beloved toy.

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  1. I Don't Like Koala - What’s not to love about a cute, cuddly…creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can’t seem to shake. Adam does not like Koala. Koala is a little creepy. Adam tries explaining this to his parents. He tries putting Koala away—far away. He tries taking Koala on a long, long walk. Nothing works. Will Adam ever be rid of Koala? This darkly funny debut picture book from Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso celebrates imagination and bravery while addressing a universal childhood dilemma: what to do about that one stuffed animal who just won’t stop staring at you.

  2. Play! - Phil and his buddy, Puff, a stuffed puffin, do everything together. They hide and jump and crawl and growl! They wash and share and wiggle and giggle! Frida and her friend, Fox, a stuffed fox, do everything together, too. They love to play! But when Frida and Fox ask Phil and Puff to play, Phil and Puff are not so sure. Play? Will Phil and Puff and Frida and Fox play together? This sweet and spare picture book by Linda Olafsdottir captures the delicate negotiations and simple joys of toddlers.

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