Best Children's Books About Toys

37 Children's Books About Toys

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Llama Llama Time to Share book
#1
Llama Llama Time to Share
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer book
#2
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
#3
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!"

The Marvelous Toy book
#4
The Marvelous Toy
Written by Tom Paxton and illustrated by Steve Cox
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert book
#5
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!

Trainbots book
#6
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!

The Book about Nothing book
#7
The Book about Nothing
Written by Mike Bender and illustrated by Hugh Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus. But don’t worry, reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually something. Like if you pick up all the toys in your room, what will be on the floor? NOTHING. When you take a bath, what are you wearing? NOTHING. And when you shut the lights off to go to bed, what do you see? NOTHING. Mike Bender and Hugh Murphy stop at nothing to explore the key concepts of nothing and zero using playful language and hilarious illustrations.

Boing! book
#8
Boing!
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Jorge Martin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A great, big AH-CHOO! sends a Xavier’s bouncy ball flying! With a BOP! BIFF! BOOM! it sails out the window. Then a CLASH CLANK! DINK! DONK! That ball is loooooong gone. Will Xavier get it back? Follow the letters of the alphabet as the ball bounces and wreaks havoc through the city and find out!

My Book of Purple book
#9
My Book of Purple
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce little ones to all sorts of purple objects in their world with this new concept board book! In My Book of Purple, little ones will be introduced to all sorts of different purple objects that they can encounter in their world, such as jellyfish, lollipops, eggplants, lavender, and more! The pages of this book are filled with familiar, kid-friendly objects, and kids will be invited to identify other purple objects on the last spread!

My First Words book
#10
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!

Santa's Little Helpers book
#11
Santa's Little Helpers
Written by Courtney Acampora and illustrated by Kevin Payne
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

See Santa's busy elves at work and play in this fun Christmas adventure! Peek inside Santa's workshop in this fun winter adventure! Sturdy shaped pages reveal busy elves and flying reindeer, and the sweet rhyming story gives readers a glimpse into the tinsel-hanging, present-making, snowman-building preparations for a fun Christmas season! So what are Santa's Little Helpers up to? Come inside and see!

Santa Street Chunky Set book
#12
Santa Street Chunky Set
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Santa Street is a set of three festive mini-books that lets kids create a mini North Pole on their bookshelf! Children will love to open each book to explore inside the miniature houses. They can visit the ice-skating penguins in Snowflake House; join the elves making toys in Santa's Workshop; and find some tasty holiday treats in Gingerbread House. With bright illustrations and magical surprises to find, Santa Street is sure to make an attractive, festive addition to any child's stocking.

Teddy's Favorite Toy book
#13
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"--

Tessa Takes Wing book
#14
Tessa Takes Wing
Written by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Julie Downing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this illustrated whimsical tale, baby Tessa knows just what she wants: to play with all her sister's toys. But how will she get to them? Flying, of course! Full color.

The Untold Story of Father Christmas book
#15
The Untold Story of Father Christmas
Written by Mike Battle, Alison Battle and illustrated by Lauren A. Mills
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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.

Whoosh! book
#16
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.

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring book
#17
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring
Written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Tiny Little Rocket book
#18
Tiny Little Rocket
Written and illustrated by Richard Collingridge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An epic space journey perfect for any bedtime--earth or space--that puts the reader right in the cockpit and combines Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site with Interstellar Cinderella!

Monster Match book
#19
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?

Santa Claus book
#20
Santa Claus
Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Fergus Barnaby Goes on Vacation book
#21
Fergus Barnaby Goes on Vacation
Written and illustrated by David Barrow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Playdate book
#22
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.

Captain Awesome And The Trapdoor book
#23
Captain Awesome And The Trapdoor
Written by Stan Kirby and illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Eugene tries to track down a toy thief in this twenty-first Captain Awesome adventure. Eugene is sure someone has been stealing all his old toys. Will the trap door he discovered lead him to the answer? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Spy Toys: Out of Control book
#24
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.

Now What? a Math Tale book
#25
Now What? a Math Tale
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts. Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren't enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that's just the right size for a nap.

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