9 Toy-riffic Books for Fans of Toy Story
by Dena McMurdie
At one time or another, almost every child has fantasies about their toys coming to life — so it’s no wonder that Toy Story is such a beloved franchise for kids and their parents.
When I was young, I tried to catch my toys in the act. I would silently creep up to my bedroom, then whip open the door as fast as I could. If only I was quiet and quick enough, I would see my toys walking and talking. Of course, I never caught my toys doing anything but sitting right where I left them, but that didn’t stop me from trying.
Whether you love the friendships, the adventures, or the mere idea of toys coming to life, we’ve rounded up nine fantastic books for readers who love Toy Story.
Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition
For the past 40 years, the story of Corduroy has delighted generations of readers. This darling tale of a stuffed bear with a missing button is one of the most beloved toys-come-to-life books and a must-read for fans of the Toy Story series.
(Ages 2 – 5)
The Velveteen Rabbit
Originally published in 1922, this classic book is full of wisdom and heart. Adored by children and adults alike, the charming story about a stuffed rabbit and the boy who loves him will have you reaching for the tissue box.
(Ages 3 – 7)
In the Middle of the Night
From toys to pencils to food in the fridge, inanimate objects come to life when everyone is sleeping, enjoying shenanigans before dashing back to their places at morning’s first light. Bursting with imagination, this is a fantastic bedtime story kids are sure to love.
(Ages 4 – 8)
Bright illustrations and plenty of imagination await in this rhyming celebration of toys and creativity. Whether they're homemade or store-bought, toys of all shapes and sizes fill the pages of this adorable book.
(Ages 4 – 8)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneAvailable from:
Edward is the prized toy of a girl name Abilene. He's self-centered and proud — until the day he gets lost. As he travels from place to place, Edward learns to open his heart to the people who come in and out of his life. This bittersweet tale has captured the hearts of children (and parents) everywhere.
(Ages 6 – 9)Available from:
Toys Go Out Series
Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic belong to a little girl who loves to play with them. Together, they explore their home, embark on adventures, and survive trips through the washing machine. Sweet and magical, this modern classic is a favorite of toy-loving children.
(Ages 6 – 9)
Teddy & Co
If your reader likes feel-good stories, you'll want to pick up a copy of Teddy & Co. It's about a group of toys living peacefully on an island together when new, unknown toys arrive. Soft and nostalgic, this tale celebrates friendship, kindness, and learning to get along with others.
(Ages 7 – 10)
Toy Story 4: The Junior Novelization
When Bonnie's homemade toy comes to life, Woody and the rest of the toys help him find his place in their family. This action-packed book retells the story as it appears on the big screen and is the perfect companion read for kids who can’t get enough of the latest movie.
(Ages 8 – 12)
Winnie the Pooh
Every child needs a copy of Winnie the Pooh on their shelf. The friendship between Woody and Andy (and now Bonnie, too!) is reminiscent of Pooh and Christopher Robin: both are heartfelt relationships between beloved companions.
(Ages 8 – 12)