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Oct 06

Toy Books

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 4:28 PM by Christina Stuck

There is a plethora of books concerning toys, from ones about sharing toys to about how much fun toys are! And, of course, books themselves can be toys. Here are some books on this topic I'd like to highlight.
  1. Found and Stormy Night by Salina Yoon
  2. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  3. Little Whistle by Cynthia Rylant and Tim Bowers
  4. Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez
  5. Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer (this title is also available in Spanish)
  6. The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo
  7. The Bobo series by Eileen Rosenthal and Marc Rosenthal. 
  8. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale  & Knufflebunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems
  9. Block City, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by David Kirk
  10. The Bad Birthday Idea by Madeline Valentine
  11. Below by Nina Crews
  12. The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjory Williams (This one is a longer picture book. If your kid can sit through this in one reading, you could try Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi in little segments as it is a legit chapter book. Or, check out the next selection!)
  13. Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins and Paul O Zelinksy (This picture book is based on a chapter book series by the same author-illustrator team; you might want to try the chapter books out on your kids!)   
I stated earlier that books themselves can be toys. While you of course want to teach proper behavior with books (especially library books), these books have the element of play written into them:
  1. Press Here by Herve Tullet (and his other titles are interactive as well; this particular title is in Spanish)
  2. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
  3. Tickle Monster by Eduardo Manceau