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BKLYN Children's Books about Toys Lost and Found

In conjunction with The Museum of the City of New York's exhibit, "A City for Cordoroy: Don Freeman's New York," BPL librarians have curated a list of children books about toys both lost and found. Looking for more book suggestions? Check out BKLYN BookMatch for a curated book list based on your interests:

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Freeman, Don, 1908-1978, author. |

A toy bear in a department store wants number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him, he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

A pocket for Corduroy : story and pictures

Freeman, Don, 1908-1978. |

A toy bear who wants a pocket for himself searches for one in a laundromat.

Corduroy takes a bow

Davis, Viola, 1965- author. |

When Lisa takes Corduroy to the theater for the first time, Corduroy heads out on his own to explore the whole building, including the dressing rooms, orchestra pit, and prop table.

Where is Bear?

Bentley, Jonathan. |

A little boy and his best friend-- an actual bear-- go on a search for a teddy bear before bedtime.

The airport book

Brown, Lisa, 1972- author. |

Nobody knows what's become of a stuffed monkey except the preschooler who packed him, tail protruding from the zipper of her suitcase as he takes an exploratory journey through the airport.

Biscuit and the lost teddy bear

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin, 1957- |

Biscuit the dog helps reunite a lost teddy bear with its owner.

The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane

DiCamillo, Kate. |

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

A fire truck for Chuck

Dunklee, Annika, 1965- |

At a yard sale with his mom, among the toys for sale, Chuck spots a fire truck. It only costs a buck what luck! Mom buys Chuck the truck, and he loves everything about it. At home, he plays with it nonstop: in the sandbox, the yard, and the mud. But after bath time, once Chuck is squeaky clean, his fire truck is nowhere to be seen!

Olivia-- and the missing toy

Falconer, Ian, 1959- |

When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible.

Little fox in the forest

Graegin, Stephanie. |

In this wordless story, a young girl pursues a real fox who has swiped her stuffed animal.

Toys in space

Grey, Mini. |

A group of toys, left out at night for the first time, begins to be afraid but the WonderDoll distracts them by weaving a story of lost toys, space travel, and a strange alien.

Bun Bun Button

Polacco, Patricia. |

Paige Darling loves the stuffed rabbit her grandmother has made for her, but when she ties a helium-filled balloon to Bun Bun Button the toy gets loose and goes floating away, and it may take some Darling luck to bring her home.

Phoebe and Digger

Springstubb, Tricia. |

Phoebe enjoys playing with her new digger while her mother is busy with the new baby, until a bigger girl grabs the toy at the park.

Bobo the sailor man!

Rosenthal, Eileen. |

Willy finds all sorts of interesting things while he and Bobo are exploring, including a bucket that would be a perfect boat for Bobo, but before he knows it, Bobo and the "boat" have disappeared.

Teddy's favorite toy

Trimmer, Christian, author. |

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.

Mimi and Bear in the snow

Trasler, Janee. |

Bear is Mimi's constant companion until one busy day, when Bear is not there.

What the dinosaurs did at school

Tuma, Refe, author, illustrator. |

Photographs and simple text reveal the mischief that toy dinosaurs get into during school.

Looking for Bongo

Velasquez, Eric, author, illustrator. |

When a boy's abuela accuses him of being careless with his beloved Bongo, he devises a trap and catches the toy thief red-handed.

Don't forget Dexter!

Ward, Lindsay, author, illustrator. |

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor's office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder.

Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary tale

Willems, Mo. |

After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.

Knuffle Bunny too : a case of mistaken identity

Willems, Mo. |

Her daddy in tow, Trixie hurries to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. But an awful surprise awaits her: someone else has the exact same bunny!

Knuffle Bunny free : an unexpected diversion

Willems, Mo. |

While traveling with her family to Holland to visit her grandparents, Trixie once again loses her beloved Knuffle Bunny.


Yoon, Salina, author, illustrator. |

Upon finding a toy rabbit in the forest, Bear tries his very best to return it to its home but by the time its owner appears, Bear has become attached to Bunny.

A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman's New York


See The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit of Corduroy author and artist Don Freeman’s New York work. To check out passes to this and other museums with your library card, visit: