Children learn best through creative play and at least in my house that play often involves a pile of stuffed toys. Each and every one of my kids’ beloved plush animals has a name, back story and designated location in the house. So if you are looking for a holiday gift for that special child in your life, here are fourteen (plus) book/toy pairings that promote literacy and fun.
Book: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Character Traits: Peter Rabbit is adventurous and daring, but he sometimes has difficulty extracting himself from tricky situations.
Toy: Nursery Peter Rabbit, 11″ Plush – $17.30
Book: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Character Traits: Pigeon knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it – even if that means throwing a fit.
Toy: Stuffed Pigeon Toy (with Voice) – $23.41
Book: We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) , among others, by Mo Willems
Character Traits: Gerald is cautious and anxious, but very devoted to his friend. Piggie is carefree and funloving. Together, they make a great combo.
Toy: Elephant 7″ & Piggie 5″ Soft Toys – $15
Book: Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss
Character Traits: Horton is cares for his friends – no matter how small.
Toy: Dr Seuss Collection – Horton Plush – $19
Book: Olivia by Ian Falconer
Character Traits: Olivia is smart, determined and highly dramatic.
Toy: Olivia Large Plush Cuddle Buddy – $16.65
Book: Duck & Goose
Character Traits: Duck and Goose are best of friends, but they don’t always see eye-to-eye.
Toy: 9″ Duck & Goose Doll Plush Pair - $15
Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Character Traits: Like all toddlers, Llama gets nervous when his mama isn’t around, especially at nighttime!
Toy: Llama Llama 13.5″ Plush Stuffed Animal Doll – $15.17
Book: The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition by Margret and H.A. Rey
Character Traits: George is curious, of course, and somewhat of a troublemaker, but he is always eager to help out.
Toy: Gund 16″ Curious George Plush Figure – $18.31
Book: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Character Traits: Madeline is the smallest and bravest of the little girls at her boarding school.
Toy: My Friend Madeline Soft Doll 10″ – $18.90
Book: Paddington by K.W. Alley
Character Traits: Paddington is a very well-mannered bear from Peru, who manages to get into quite a few scrapes.
Toy: My First Paddington Bear 7.25 Plush Teddy Bear Stuffed Animal by Yottoy $20.80
Book: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Character Traits: Knuffle Bunny is a loyal friend, unless she is accidentally misplaced by her owner.
Toy: Knuffle Bunny – $23.40
Book: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean
Character Traits: Pete likes to play it cool, even when things don’t go his way.
Toy: Merrymakers Pete the Cat Doll – $14.59
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