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Looking for a list of the best children's books about teddy bears?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to teddy bears. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about teddy bears.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about teddy bears, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Corduroy to popular sellers like Pocket for Corduroy to some of our favorite hidden gems like Corduroy Lost and Found.

We hope this list of kids books about teddy bears can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Corduroy Lost and Found
Written by B.G. Hennessy & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
picture book
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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Loved to Bits
Written by Teresa Heapy & illustrated by Katie Cleminson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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.

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Corduroy
Written & illustrated by Don Freeman
picture book
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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Bear in the Air
Written by Susan Meyers
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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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The Best Kind of Bear
Written by Greg Gormley & illustrated by David Barrow
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

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!

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  • My Friend Bear - 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!

  • Louis - 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.

  • 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.

  • Mimi and Bear in the Snow - 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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Pocket for Corduroy
Written & illustrated by Don Freeman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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>

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Merry Christmas, Corduroy!
Written & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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!

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Corduroy's Best Halloween Ever!
Written by Don Freeman & illustrated by Lisa McCue
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

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Teddy Bears' Picnic (Original)
Written by & illustrated by Alexandra Day
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Read (or sing!) your way through this picture book adaptation of the favorite teddy-bear tale, The Teddy Bears' Picnic.
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Otter Loves Halloween!
Written & illustrated by Sam Garton
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Get in the Halloween spirit with Otter--the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter and Otter in Space, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama.

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  • The Teddy Bear Book - From the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling The Tea Party Book, here’s a charming collection of teddy bear-inspired crafts and activities. This warm fuzzy of a book, is bursting at the seams with sensational yet simple ideas for making teddy bears, growing a teddy bear garden, throwing a teddy bear party, and designing teddy bear t-shirts and jewelry. An enchanting gift book for children of all ages.

  • Where Is Bear? - Perfect for fans of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this adventurous and endearing picture book follows a little boy searching high and low for his missing bear. Features a surprise ending! Where is Bear? Is Bear in the dresser? Is Bear in the bathroom? Is Bear on the swing? It’s almost bedtime, and a little boy can’t seem to find his beloved Bear! Children will love joining in the irresistible search for Bear and finding where he is on every page . . . and they will love the surprise ending even more! Praise for Where is Bear! “Giggle-inducing clues make this book an interactive reading delight . . . Reminiscent of a Mo Willems story.” - School Library Journal “An inventive twist on the familiar lost-teddy story.” - Kirkus Reviews

  • One True Bear - In the tradition of The Velveteen Rabbit, with adorable classic art, comes the story of Darcy Brewster, one brave teddy-bear cub, who accepts a real challenge--to be a true friend to Damian, a boy who has a long history of destroying his toys. Ready, willing, and able to love and comfort Damian, even if it means putting his own fur on the line, Darcy manages to capture Damian's heart and imagination, as well as that of any reader.

  • A Christmas Wish for Corduroy - A classic holiday story about a teddy bear loved by children for 50 years. It’s almost Christmas and Corduroy sits on a department store shelf, wishing he could be a child’s holiday gift—but he’s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he can’t visit without wearing a special outfit! After stopping to try on hats, boots, and even baby clothes, Corduroy finally arrives at the North Pole. Can Santa help Corduroy find a new home in time for Christmas? With warm humor and classic art, A Christmas Wish for Corduroy takes readers back to the beginning and shows how Corduroy became the beloved bear we know today. This is a heartwarming story about the power of hope, perseverance, and friendship–an important addition to any Corduroy collection, and the perfect way to celebrate Corduroy’s 50th anniversary.

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Corduroy Takes A Bow
Written by Viola Davis & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Lisa takes Corduroy to the theater for the very first time, it’s so magnificent and exciting that he just can’t help heading out on his own to explore. From the orchestra pit to the prop table to the dressing rooms, Corduroy sees it all. Could there be a place for Corduroy on stage, too?

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Corduroy's Christmas
Written & illustrated by Don Freeman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A holiday story starring the classic teddy bear beloved by children for 50 years

Celebrate Christmas with everyone’s favorite bear and this charming lift-the-flap book. Join in all of Corduroy’s holiday activities, from trimming the tree to baking Christmas cookies. Discover the magic of Christmas with Corduroy in this festive tale, perfect for even the youngest reader.

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Corduroy's Trick or Treat
Written by Don Freeman & illustrated by Lisa McCue
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Recommend Ages: 0-2
Join this classic teddy bear for a Halloween celebration.
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Baby Touch and Feel I Love You
Written by DK
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Let baby feel the love with this USA Today bestseller that celebrates the love you and your little one share.

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Lost Property Office
Written & illustrated by Emily Rand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A little girl and her mother are on the train, going to visit Grandpa. It’s very busy–hold on tight! But when they arrive at their destination and get off the train they realize something is wrong: the little girl’s beloved teddy bear has gone missing! Just when it looks like she’ll never see Teddy again, Grandpa has an idea! And suddenly the little girl is off on a magical journey to rescue her favorite stuffed friend. Have you ever wondered where your lost objects go? With charming and stylish illustrations, this book is perfect for curious minds.

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  • Moonthief - This tender, lyrical picture book explores the themes of love and friendship with innocence-and a mischievous wit!Bobby is a bear in love-with an exceptional imagination. As Bobby and Betty contemplate the new moon, Betty suddenly wonders what happened to the old one, prompting Bobby’s remarkable imagination to run wild. Rich with imaginative imagery, wit, and charming illustration, Moonthief is perfect for reading aloud and makes a wonderful gift for any child-and certainly anyone in love.

  • Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? - Follow along as two ragtag, everyday super heroes don capes to play in the mud, save their stuffed animals from certain peril, conquer the vegetables at dinner, and overcome darkness at night. Are super heroes always brave and daring? We re brave and bold and kind and caring. After five successful books in the Princesses series, Carmela LaVigna Coyle now turns her attention to an all new childhood fantasy in this wonderful new story about imagination and play. Every little boy and girl has a super hero somewhere inside just waiting to come out. Tie on your cape (blankies recommended) and join the adventure. P.S. Do super heroes have teddy bears? Why, yes, they do! Check out the trailer on YouTube”

  • Always There Bear - Whether you’re at the beach or hiding inside on a rainy day; whether you’re having tea with a friend or reading a book by yourself; whether you’re happy and bouncing or grumpy or sick, it’s always nice to have an always there bear. He can play with you, cuddle you, and snuggle you to sleep. He likes birthdays and trampolines and sand castles and puddles. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired or sulky or shy or scared–you’ll never be lonely with your bear by your side. He will keep you company, he will cheer you on, and he will even make you feel braver. He always understands you, and most importantly, he promises to love you, forever and always, no matter what. <p/>This is a quiet, gentle, soothing book, wonderful for comforting little ones or preparing them for peaceful sleep. It’s a reassuring and heartwarming story of unconditional love and companionship throughout experiences of all kinds. Gareth Llewhellin’s sweet illustrations complement the text, and Trudi Granger’s beautifully written story works magic with its simplicity. For anyone who loved <i>The Quiet Book</i>, <i>Always There Bear</i> is just as special and just as perfect for quiet moments and trouble-free bedtimes. <p/> Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers–picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

  • Grin & Bear it: The Wit and Wisdom of Corduroy - Adventurous, imaginative, and always optimistic, Corduroy offers up wit and wisdom that will bring a little bit of sunshine to readers of all ages. Since Corduroy’s first publication in 1968, this adventuresome stuffed animal has been delighting readers of all ages. Now America’s favorite teddy bear is here to share with you fifty years of his accumulated wit and wisdom, all in one adorable little book. Charming and inspirational, this is the perfect gift for graduation, or any other occasion when you might need a little confidence boost.

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Bear Despair
Written & illustrated by Gaetan Doremus
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Don’t ever take a bear’s teddy bear, no matter how cute you think it is. If you do, you’ll be in for trouble. Big trouble. For a bear whose teddy has been stolen isn’t simply heartbroken, but determined to get it back. So determined that he might just gobble up more than honey to do so! However, should he succeed in getting his teddy back, then there just might be a surprise in store. This is a book that all readers will relish, and one they will want to read again and again.

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Corduroy's Shapes
Written by & illustrated by Lisa McCue
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
A concept book starring the teddy bear loved by readers for 50 years.
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