Toys: Books For Kids

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

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

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 toys, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Corduroy to popular sellers like Winnie-the-Pooh to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Velveteen Rabbit.

We hope this list of kids books about toys can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed book
#1
Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
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.

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!

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The Little Rabbit book
#2
The Little Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Nicola Killen
picture book
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.

My Heart Is Like a Zoo book
#3
My Heart Is Like a Zoo
Written and illustrated by Michael Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

LOVE this book! First off, it includes animals that are less commonly used in books. Second, all of the illustrations use hearts in creating their shapes! Third, the similes on each page are tender and sweet!

The New York Times bestseller My Heart Is Like a Zoo features bright colors, simple sentences, playful animals, and more than 300 hearts for children to count and enjoy. Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick says, “Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love.”

This board book edition of the award-winning picture book is perfect for little hands and the very youngest readers, who will learn that a heart can be hopeful, silly, happy, rugged, snappy, or lonely. A heart holds every different feeling, and author-artist Michael Hall captures each one with his bold, graphic artwork. An ideal springboard for conversations about emotions, and for introducing concepts, math, and art projects in the classroom and at home. School Library Journal called it an “outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing.”

Lion's Lullaby book
#4
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
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.

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.

Harry and Horsie book
#5
Harry and Horsie
Written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

  1. The Best Bear in All the World - 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.

  2. The Velveteen Rabbit - 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.

  3. Lionheart - The Book Snob Mom - 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.

  4. Corduroy - 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.

Ollie's Odyssey book
#10
Ollie's Odyssey
Written by William Joyce
chapter book
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.

Bear in the Air book
#11
Bear in the Air
Written by Susan Meyers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

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.

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!

Goodnight Football book
#12
Goodnight Football
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In rhyming text a child, home from a game, bids goodnight to all the sights and sounds of a school football game.

The Best Sweater book
#13
The Best Sweater
Written by Lynne Garner and illustrated by Sarah Gill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This story is delightfully sweet, and far better than it looks based on the cover, which is decidedly “meh”. The preciousness and safety of a comfort object, be that sweater or stuffed animal, is relatable on many levels and the positive involvement of his family (particularly his mother and grandmother) as they seek to help him adapt his sweater as he grows up is wonderful.

A charming picture book about a little mouse and his favorite sweater. It’s one little mouse’s birthday and he is very excited to open his presents! He gets a lot of great gifts, but his favorite is the sweater his grandma made him. He loves it so much that he wears it all the time! But as he grows bigger and bigger, Grandma realizes she must find a different use for the sweater, so she makes him a new, big sweater he can grow into and turns his old one into a toy rabbit.

Brave Enough for Two book
#14
Brave Enough for Two
Written and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
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.

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.

  1. Hit the Ball Duck - When Duck hits the ball into a tree during a friendly game of baseball, he and his animal friends try to work together to get it back.

  2. The Bear on the Stair - Look over there! A bear on the stair. Why is he there? Read on…if you dare!

  3. 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.

  4. Ballshark: A Baseball Adventure - The BallShark™ Select Baseball Series is a baseball adventure for young players, their families and fans of all ages! Why? Because anyone who has participated in the youth baseball experience knows how it can utterly consume a family.

Players in Pigtails book
#19
Players in Pigtails
Written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II.

Have You Seen Duck? book
#20
Have You Seen Duck?
Written by Janet A. Holmes and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
picture book
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!

Knuffle Bunny book
#21
Knuffle Bunny
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Charlie Plays Ball book
#22
Charlie Plays Ball
Written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane DeGroat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This was a cute story about a farm dog that likes to be a part of each farm activity. He works and then he plays. It was fun to see the different farm and also the different types of ball they’d play as well. Very cute story and fun illustrations.

Charlie the Ranch Dog trades in nap time for game time in this sporty adventure by Ree Drummond—#1 New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, and The Pioneer Woman herself. With expressive illustrations by Diane deGroat, a new delicious recipe from Ree Drummond, and the hilarious antics of Charlie, this picture book is a slam dunk! Life on the ranch means lots of time outside, either helping out with the cattle or tossing around a ball with the family. From football to soccer to basketball, Charlie’s ready to jump into the game and take his team to victory. But Charlie’s favorite part of sports comes after the winning goal when everyone breaks for a postgame meal. He may be more of a benchwarmer when it comes to athletics, but Charlie will always be the MVP of dinnertime!

Moonlight Bear book
#23
Moonlight Bear
Written and illustrated by Rosie Wellesley
picture book
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.

  1. Winners Never Quit! - The Goodfather - This is an inspiring short story from soccer star Mia Hamm. I think it’s always inspiring to learn about how accomplished people learned to overcome opposition. This story, which seems to be autobiographical in nature and based on Mia’s own experience, teaches important lessons about being a team member and choosing to enjoy the game no matter the outcome. Any young readers who love balls will love seeing so much activity centered around a soccer ball.

  2. 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.

  3. ABCs of Balls - “ABCs of Balls,” an alphabet book for preschool children, makes learning ABCs fun for sports fans. From baseball to football, the alphabet book scores with both boys and girls with a lively color scheme, as well as photos of animals and sports equipment. “One of my son’s first words was ‘ball,’ and I wrote the book to make learning his ABCs fun for him,” said author Nina Snyder. U.S. edition. Do you think the World Cup is a soccer game? Then this is the edition for you! If not, look for “ABCs of Balls: U.K. Edition” with a blue cover.

  4. Books That Drive Kids CRAZY!: This Is a Ball - For the giggling masses who love Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, BJ Novak’s The Book With No Pictures, and Bill Cotter’s Don’t Push the Button comes an interactive new series! The Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! series offers parents, teachers, and storytellers a hilarious script for fun reading time together. Book 2, This Is a Ball, is a boldly absurd spin-off of concept books, and an audaciously contrarian invitation for readers to practice deadpan delivery: after all, the picture on the cover clearly shows a cube, not a ball. The page that declares a princess is flying a kite at the beach shows an alien holding a balloon in a city…and on and on. What is WRONG with this silly book? Kids will demand to know—and all readers will be howling with laughter all along the way. With strikingly simple text and art, Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! are ideal picks for emergent readers.

F Is for Fenway Park book
#28
F Is for Fenway Park
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by John S. Dykes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

A young baseball enthusiast’s centennial tribute to the oldest active ballpark and home of the Boston Red Sox features alphabetically arranged coverage of the field’s history, features and momentous events.

J Is for Jump Shot book
#29
J Is for Jump Shot
Written by Michael Ulmer and illustrated by Mark Braught
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

“From A to Z basketball’s history, famous players, and the game’s basics such as dribble, pass, and zone are explained using simple rhymes for each letter topic and expository text filled with details”—Provided by publisher.

Winnie-the-Pooh book
#30
Winnie-the-Pooh
Written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
chapter book
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.

A Ball for Daisy book
#31
A Ball for Daisy
Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal

This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy’s anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka’s signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.

Dino-Basketball book
#32
Dino-Basketball
Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Barry Gott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a basketball game at Mastadon Square Garden.

  1. H is for Home Run - Now anyone can be one of the “boys or girls of summer” and get a home plate view of America’s favorite pastime in H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet. This new offering in our line of children’s alphabet books brings the game of baseball to entertaining and informative life. Sports writer Brad Herzog pairs easy-to-read rhymes with detailed expository so that readers are pitched baseball’s facts, faces, history, and places from A-Z.

  2. New Kid - New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green delivers another baseball tale that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica or Dan Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventure series. Tommy’s the new kid in town, like he’s been so many times before. Now he goes by the name Brock, and he’s having a hard time fitting in, especially when his new friend is the bully from the wrong side of the tracks. Thanks to a prank gone wrong, the baseball coach notices Brock and offers him a place on his failing baseball team. But can Brock prove himself on and off the field before he becomes a new kid…again?

  3. Buddies, Bullies, and Baseball - When Bullies Act Out, It’s Time for Buddies and Baseball. Jack and his fifth grade buddies welcome a new student, Hans, into their group. Hans speaks only a little English, but is enthusiastic and a quick learner. All of them are baseball fans and thrilled that their Colorado Rockies team will be in the World Series. Jack’s happiness is dampened by two bullies in his class, Steve and Cliff. They catch up with Jack each morning taking brownies out of his lunch sack, letting air air out of his bike tires, and even stealing his baseball glove. Is there a way to stop these bullies? Can Jack get his glove back and celebrate at the World Series?

  4. Balls! - Learn about the balls used in basketball, soccer, football, tennis, handball, golf, volleyball, and ping pong: how they’re made, why they look the way they do, some amazing facts about their history…and a bit about the games that use them, too.

Round Like a Ball! book
#37
Round Like a Ball!
Written and illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone tries to guess what is round and warm and cold and strong and fragile, until they finally realize it is Earth.

The Boy who Saved Baseball book
#38
The Boy who Saved Baseball
Written and illustrated by John Ritter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now-disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.

Long Shot book
#39
Long Shot
Written and illustrated by Mike Lupica
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Pedro, an avid basketball player, decides to run for class president, challenging a teammate who is also one of the most popular boys in school.

How Far Will It Bounce? book
#40
How Far Will It Bounce?
Written by DC Swain and illustrated by Luliana Lordachescu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Down the front steps, and out of the house, I wondered how far my blue ball would bounce. Take a trip of fun and adventure with this little blue ball as it goes down the front steps, out the gate and into the big wide world. With vivid illustrations and a fun, sing-song rhythm, your children are sure to love this journey. Recommended for children aged 2 - 5

What's That Noise? Tap! Tap! book
#41
What's That Noise? Tap! Tap!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“What’s that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills — and simply joining in!”—Page 4 of cover.

  1. Fantastic Toys - This delightfully imaginative book catalogs eleven fantastical inventions of magical toys, with detailed descriptions and vivid illustrations that will make kids want to create their own fantastic toys Fantastic Toys is a dream catalog of eleven marvelous inventions, magical toys that would make the world far more interesting, if only they existed. Here are inventions based on fantasy, like winged jumping boots that let you leap so high you startle the birds; inventions to assuage fears, like a glowing teddy bear; inventions to improve upon boring tasks or gloomy weather, like child-size bath-foam animals and animal umbrellas; and even educational inventions, like the treasure-hunt letter maze. Best of all are the inventions just for fun: the skipping machine that should be in every playground and the sheep toboggan (real sheep not included) that takes sledding to a whole new level. In a perfect mimicry of marketing, each toy is advertised with an earnest, compelling description and a detailed hand-drawn illustration of happy children demonstrating the fun that can be had. Reminiscent of Marjorie Winslow’s Mud Pies and Other Recipes, Fantastic Toys is a book not only for reading but for marveling, inventing, and building. Who knows what other fantastic toys are just waiting to be invented?

  2. A Pocket for Corduroy - This much-beloved classic is now available as a lap board book! Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today than he was when he first came on the scene nearly fifty years ago. And now, the story of a teddy bear’s overnight laundromat adventures and the girl who loves him will inspire even more readers in this new format. With unabridged text and sturdy pages, this lap board book edition is perfect for family sharing.

  3. Llama Llama Time to Share - Does Llama Llama love his toys? Of course! Does Llama Llama love to share them? He’s not so sure. But when the new neighbor Nelly Gnu comes to visit, Mama makes it clear: It’s time to share. But Llama’s not so sure it’s time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly … But wait — Nelly has Llama’s little Fuzzy Llama! Can Llama Llama do it? At first he thinks he can … and then he really thinks he can’t … until Mama shows him that when he’s ready to share, he’ll also be ready to have more fun.

  4. Baby Loves Quarks! - Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this book explores the basics of particle physics and chemistry - quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms and molecules - and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Monster Match book
#46
Monster Match
Written and illustrated by Caroline Gray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

A celebration of children’s special toys and teddies - with a monster twist! Let me be your monster, I’m more fun than you’d think. Don’t mind the grime, ignore the slime, you’ll soon forget my stink. Pick me! Pick me! All the monsters want to be this child’s pet - but which will be chosen?

My First Words book
#47
My First Words
Written by and illustrated by Aino-Maija Metsola
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

See and say your first words! Learn your first words with stylish artwork from Aino-Maija Metsola. With 70 essential words to see and say, plus sturdy pages for little hands to hold, young readers will enjoy naming objects on every spread. My First Words is a perfect introduction for little learners!

The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer book
#48
The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A merry Christmas twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy reindeer worked up in Santa’s shop, helping the elves to do their Christmas job. Building the toys and singing songs of joy, as they wrapped all of the presents for every girl and boy. The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps Santa’s Workshop get ready for Christmas. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

How to Catch an Elf book
#49
How to Catch an Elf
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

You’ve been waiting all year long, and now it’s finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you’ll finally catch an elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children’s book from the creators of the New York Timesbest-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun! “It’s Christmas Eve! Hip hip, hooray! Yes, Santa’s coming ‘round. He’s bringing toysto girls and boys in every house in town.” “Some kids have tried to catch him, but Santa’s fast, you see! So they’ve set their eyes on a smaller prize, and now they’re after me!”

Flubby Will Not Play with That book
#50
Flubby Will Not Play with That
Written and illustrated by J E Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flubby, the lovably lazy feline, embarks on his next non-adventure! When Kami brings home a bag full of toys for Flubby, the uninterested cat isn’t enthusiastic about the choices. A wind-up mouse? No thanks. A fish hanging from a stick? Yawn. But after Flubby rejects each offering, one unexpected option may be the best fit for Flubby after all. The charming illustrations, simple text, and comic-like panels by J. E. Morris, author-illustrator of the Maud the Koala books, make this a unique format with a narrative style perfect for storytime and progressing readers.

  1. The Marvelous Toy - For nearly half a century, “The Marvelous Toy” has enchanted children and adults alike. A simple tale about a mysterious, magical, and mystical toy that a father gives to his son—and that eventually gets passed down to the next generation—it celebrates a child’s sense of wonder. Featuring incredible and wildly imaginative art by Steve Cox, the story is now as amazing to look at as it always has been to listen to. Parents, grandparents, and friends will remember this classic from their own youth—and joyfully share it with their own children. And just like the boy whose “eyes nearly popped right out of his head,” young readers will give “squeals of glee” at the magic of the artwork and this one-of-kind tale.

  2. Clean It! - Which chores need doing today? What’s the best way of doing them? And who’s going to help? Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

  3. Santa Claus - How does Santa know how to match the exact right toy with the exact right kid every December? He knows because he’s the world’s number one kid and toy and gift expert, and he works long, long hours the whole year through, taking notes, compiling his research, thinking and testing and changing his mind. Then, at last, he gets it all figured out, and on Christmas morning, he makes magic happen. Celebrated author-illustrator Marla Frazee’s fresh, lively take on a traditional subject is sure to become a favorite with young believers everywhere. With delicious humorous moments and a warm, unexpected ending, this book is truly a Christmas treat, one that begs to be read aloud and savored year after year.

  4. The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring - With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky! One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous. With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket—it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.

Whoosh! book
#55
Whoosh!
Written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

A cool idea with a big splash You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert book
#56
Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert
Written by Morag Hood and illustrated by Ella Okstad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet the master of magical creatures: Sophie Johnson! She’s an expert on unicorns…or so she thinks! Sophie is a unicorn expert. She dresses up her toys, stuffed animals, and even her baby brother as unicorns! But living with enchanted animals can be tricky business. And Sophie is so caught up in teaching others that she fails to notice the magic right under her nose. This funny and fresh picture book tells the story of a unicorn hiding in plain sight and a little girl who is totally oblivious to his presence!

Clive and His Babies book
#57
Clive and His Babies
Written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Meet Clive - and his imagination! Clive loves his dolls. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

The Toy Fairy book
#58
The Toy Fairy
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Joe is a young boy who does not tidy his room. One night, before he goes to bed, he is warned that the Toy Fairy will take all his toys away. Joe knows there is no such thing as the Toy Fairy. So why do his toys keep going missing? Joe’s cunning plan to get the toys back takes him on an unexpected adventure.

Teddy's Favorite Toy book
#59
Teddy's Favorite Toy
Written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Madeline Valentine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“Teddy’s favorite toy has the best manners, and the sickest fighting skills, and the ability to pull off a number of fierce looks. But when his toy goes missing, it turns out there’s another woman around who’s pretty fierce—it’s Teddy’s mom, and she will stop at nothing to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy”—

  1. Hurricanes! (New Edition) - Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, create waves as high as eighteen feet, and change the shape of a shoreline. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. In this newly revised edition, GAIL GIBBONS introduces readers to the concepts of hurricane formation, classification, weather preparedness, and the ever-evolving technology that helps us try to predict the behavior of these powerful storms. Extensive updates include refined definitions for hurricane-related vocabulary, updated information about the wind speeds that define hurricane categories, information on emergency preparedness, and more. As these weather disturbances become more frequent and more powerful, Hurricanes is the perfect introduction for children to this important and timely topic.

  2. The Untold Story of Father Christmas - Have you ever wondered where Father Christmas came from? And how he ended up with a factory at the North Pole full of elves to help him make toys? A beautifully illustrated and timeless story about how a toymaker and his wife became Mother and Father Christmas for children all over the world.

  3. Fergus Barnaby Goes on Vacation - Family, friendship, sharing, vacations, and apartment living are just some of the things that are celebrated in this charming children’s book! Fergus Barnaby is so excited! Mom, Dad, and Fergus are about to go away on vacation for a few days of fun in the sun. But first… Dad tells him to pack everything he needs, and now Fergus has a problem. Fred has his bucket and shovel, Emily Rose has his swimming goggles, and Teddy has his kite. Fergus lives on the first floor, but his friends—and the toys he let them borrow—are all upstairs. So many stairs, so little time! Will Fergus and Daddy remember to pack everything they need to bring? (Hint: this story ends with a surprise and a big laugh!) Lots of bold illustrations and an enchanting story about friendship and life in the city will make Fergus Barnaby one of your child’s favorites.

  4. Blocks - Ruby has red blocks and Benji has blue blocks…until Benji takes one of Ruby’s red blocks and the blocks CRASH down! But now they each have blue and red blocks to build and build . . . until Guy comes with green blocks!

Trainbots book
#64
Trainbots
Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Shane McG
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Trainbots are getting ready to make and deliver toybots for kids to play with, but it looks like the Badbots are sneaking and scheming to sabotage the delivery in this moving, grooving picture book! Trainbots boarding, how rewarding! Trainbots zooming, unassuming… Badbots peeking, sneaking, scheming, hopping, dropping—Badbots teeming! These Trainbots are getting ready to make and deliver toybots for kids to play with! They’re drawing, sawing, and building to get the toybots ready to send, but it looks like the Badbots are sneaking and scheming to sabotage the delivery! Luckily, the Trainbots draft and craft and engineer and rockateer to outsmart the misbehaving Badbots. And once the toybots are delivered, the kids become their FRIEND-bots ‘til-the-end bots!

Spy Toys: Out of Control book
#65
Spy Toys: Out of Control
Written by Mark Powers and illustrated by Tim Wesson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fresh from the success of their first mission, our heroes the Spy Toys – Dan the Snugaliffic Cuddlestar Bear, Arabella the Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll and Flax the custom-made police robot rabbit – are ready for their next task. This time, the secret code that controls every Snaztacular Ultrafun toy has been stolen and all over the world toys are revolting and turning against the children who own them. Can Arabella disguise herself as a super-sweet little doll in order to spy on the daughter of Snaztacular’s top scientist? Can Dan and Flax chase down Jade the Jigsaw, the puzzling prime suspect for the robbery? And can they save the day before the mind-controlled toys forget what it means to play nice? Featuring hilarious illustrations throughout, this hilarious book has reluctant reader appeal written all over it.

Playdate book
#66
Playdate
Written by Maryann Macdonald and illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact, as portrayed through both the well-chosen words and the fun-filled, evocative illustrations.

Bigger! Bigger! book
#67
Bigger! Bigger!
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The star of Faster! Faster! and Higher! Higher! dons a construction hat for another soaring (and slightly interrupted) exercise in imagination. A box of blocks. A budding builder. Should she build a doghouse? A bridge? A skyscraper? Yes, all of these and more! Bigger, bigger! BIGGEST! But then . . . Boom! Boom! What’s that? Uh-oh . . . After one little girl’s architectural masterpieces grow exponentially, the arrival of an assistant presents a bit of a challenge in this ode to creativity masterfully constructed by Leslie Patricelli.

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