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Toy Stories:
Books about Young Children and Their Playthings

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren
© 2005 Cooperative Children's Book Center

This bibliography was developed for the Child Care Information Center Newsletter (Issue 51, 2005) published by the Child Care Information Center operated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with funding from the Department of Workforce Development.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


Inseparable Companions

    Ehrlich, H.M.. Louie's Goose. Illustrated by Emily Bolam. Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 4

    George, Kristine O'Connell. Book!. Illustrated by Maggie Smith. Clarion, 2001. 31 pages. Ages 18 months - 3 years

    Greenfield, Eloise. My Doll, Keshia. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Black Butterfly Children's Books, 1991. 10 pages. Ages 1 - 3

    Straight, Susan. Bear E. Bear. Illustrated by Marisabina Russo. Hyperion, 1995. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 5

    Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Hyperion, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6


Lost and Found

    Falconer, Ian. Olivia...and the Missing Toy. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Feiffer, Jules. I Lost My Bear. Morrow, 1998. 40 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Ichikawa, Satomi. La La Rose. Philomel, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Rosenthal, Eileen. I Must Have Bobo! . Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Antheneum, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. Elizabeti's Doll. Illustrated by Christy Hale. Lee & Low, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


Objects of Desire

    Havill, Juanita. Jamaica's Find. Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien. Houghton Mifflin, 1986. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Keller, Holly. That's Mine, Horace. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2000. 24 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Sun, Chyng Feng. Mama Bear. Illustrated by Lolly Robinson. Houghton Mifflin, 1994. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Wells, Rosemary. Max's Toys. Dial, 1998. 10 pages. Ages 1 - 3


Imaginary Play

    Heap, Sue. Cowboy Baby. U.S. edition: Candlewick, 1998. 24 pages. Ages 2 - 5

    Morales, Yuyi. Niņo Wrestles the World. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2013. 36 pages. Ages 2-5

    Sis, Peter. Fire Truck. Greenwillow, 1998. 28 pages. Ages 2 - 5

    Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Party. Viking, 2001. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 5

    Wilson-Max, Ken. Max's Starry Night. Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2001. 24 pages. Ages 2 - 4


Crinkle, Wrinkle, Clang and More

    Hubbell, Patricia. Pots and Pans. Illustrated by Diane de Groat. HarperFestival/HarperCollins, 1998. 20 pages. Ages 1 - 3

    Hubbell, Patricia. Wrapping Paper Romp. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. HarperFestival/HarperCollins, 1998. 12 pages. Ages 1 - 2

    Stevenson, Robert Louis. Where Go the Boats? Play Poems. Illustrated by Max Grover. Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8



This list may be reproduced and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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