Books about soft toys for 0-5

Dexter Lost his Boo-woo

Soft toys are a source of comfort for many young children, and they are often taken absolutely everywhere. These books show beloved companions on exciting adventures with their child, occasionally getting lost, and always being adored. 

  • Have You Seen Mikki Olsen?

    Author: Alex Macdonald
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-5

    Penguin sits on his beloved teddy Mikki Olsen and then can’t find him. Can you spot the teddy? A funny, interactive book that should make toddlers giggle with delight. 

  • Constance in Peril

    Author: Ben Manley Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 4-5

    Ben Manley and Emma Chichester Clark’s absolutely delightful story about a much-loved toy will strike a chord of recognition in all children who may have a "Constance" doll of their own. Funny, charming and offbeat. 

  • Drew, Moo and Bunny, Too

    Author: Owen Sheers Illustrator: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    With soft yet dramatic illustrations, and a rollicking rhythm and rhyme to the words, this is a delight to read aloud. It would be suitable for pre-schoolers, but also even up to 8 year olds, with lots to discuss and the sound of the words to enjoy. 

  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepard
    Publisher: Methuen
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    No child's library could be complete without A A Milne's stories about Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 2-5

    Dogger is Dave's special toy. So when Dogger gets lost at the funfair, Dave is desolate. Will they find each other again? Exploring concepts of love, loss and kindness, this classic tale will be cherished by the entire family and will particularly appeal to any child who has a favourite toy.

  • Dexter Lost His Boo-Woo

    Author: Shane Hegarty Illustrator: Ben Mantle
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-5

    A funny and rhyming picture book about favourite toys, blankies and snugglies, and what happens when we lose them, with a really enjoyable, readable rhyme.

  • Bear Shaped

    Author: Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 2-6

    This beautiful picture book is based on the true story of a family’s public search for a missing toy. The Jack of the illustrations are utterly convincing, a testimony to the fact that the illustrator worked so closely with the ‘real’ Jack (who happens to be on the autistic spectrum). Delicate, timeless artwork also cleverly incorporates all sorts of satisfy…

  • The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real

    Author: Margery Williams Illustrator: Sarah Massini   
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Since 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit has grabbed the hearts of families everywhere. It's the story of a toy rabbit who becomes 'Real' through a little boy's love - and a lovely reminder for children to keep believing in magic and imagination and hope.

  • Lionheart

    Author: Richard Collingridge
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    With his beloved soft toy Lionheart at his side, Richard has the courage to confront his night-time fears. This enchanting picture book has warm, atmospheric illustrations.

  • Knuffle Bunny

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    On a routine visit to the laundrette in their Brooklyn neighbourhood, Dad accidentally puts Trixie’s beloved stuffed animal into the machine along with the washing.

  • The Everywhere Bear

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-5

    This picture book about a missing toy bear somehow seems like a classic already - with a lovely whiff of nostalgia about it all, while also feeling very current and gently inclusive.

  • Tatty Ratty

    Author: Helen Cooper
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Molly is very upset when she loses her beloved toy, Tatty Ratty. Her parents console her by helping her imagine all the wonderful adventures Tatty Ratty is having while he is away.

  • That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

    Author: Cressida Cowell Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 5-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Emily and her toy rabbit, Stanley, love to go on adventures together.