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(Children Picture Book Lg CARLE)
When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.
 
The Tub People by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Richard Egielski
(Children Picture Book CONRA)
A family of wooden toys lives on the edge of the bathtub until disaster strikes and they fear they have been separated forever.
 
Tatty Ratty by Helen Cooper
(Children Picture Book + COOPE)
When Molly's stuffed rabbit gets lost, she and her parents imagine all the adventures it is having before returning home.
 
(Children Picture Book + FALCO)
When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible.
 
I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell; illustrated by Charles Santoso
(Children Picture Book FERRE)
Adam doesn't like his stuffed koala because of its terrible eyes, terrible face, and terrible paws, but each time he tries to get rid of it, Koala comes back until Adam realizes that Koala is on his side.
 
Corduroy by Don Freeman
(Children Picture Book FREEM)
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.
 
Toys in Space by Mini Grey
(Children Picture Book + GREY)
A group of toys, left out at night for the first time, begin to be afraid but the WonderDoll distracts them by weaving a story of lost toys, space travel, and a strange alien.
 
(Children Picture Book + GREY)
Traction Man, a boy's courageous action figure, has a variety of adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.
 
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
(Children Picture Book + HENKE)
Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? —Provided by publisher.
 
La La Rose by Satomi Ichikawa
(Children Picture Book +ICHIK)

La La Rose, a young girl's stuffed rabbit, gets lost in Luxembourg Gardens.

Nothing by Mick Inkpen
(Children Picture Book + INKPE)
Left behind by the family in whose attic he has been staying, a thing who has forgotten his name tries to find out who he is.
 
The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven
(Children Picture Book + KLEVE)
Lizzy is scared to start school, so she makes a doll out of an apple from her favorite tree to take with her on the first day and keep her company. Includes instructions for making an apple doll.    
 
The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll; illustrated by Michelle Shapiro       
(Children Picture Book KROLL)
A family of mice enjoys the doll house and furnishings that Rachel receives as gifts on the eight nights of Hanukkah.       
 
Dahlia by Barbara McClintock
(Children Picture Book + MCCLI)
Charlotte does not like dolls, until she receives a special doll from her aunt and they become good friends.   
              
The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll by Patricia McKissack; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
(Children Picture Book + MCKIS)
"Christmas always comes to Nella’s house, but Santa Claus brings gifts only once in a while. That’s because it’s the Depression and Nella’s family is poor. Even so, Nella’s hoping that this year she and her two sisters will get a beautiful Baby Betty doll. On Christmas morning, the girls are beside themselves with excitement! There is Baby Betty, in all her eyelash-fluttering magnificence. 'Mine!' Nella shouts, and claims the doll for herself. But soon she discovers that Baby Betty isn’t nearly as much fun as her sisters. Would it be more fun to share this very best gift with them after all?" —Provided by publisher.
 
(Children Picture Book + SCHNE)
Amelia and her best friend, Princess Sparkle-Heart, do almost everything together, so when the Princess suffers an accident, Amelia's mother puts her sewing box to good use and makes the doll better than ever.
 
The Night After Christmas by James Stevenson
(Children Picture Book STEVE)
Tossed in garbage cans after they are replaced by new toys at Christmas, a teddy bear and a doll are befriended by a stray dog.
 
The Hidden House by Martin Waddell
(Children Picture Book WADDE)
With the owner gone, three dolls watch as their house becomes hidden by growing plants and trees until a man walks by and discovers the residence.
 
(Children Picture Book WILLE)
"Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind." —Provided by publisher.

William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
(Children Picture Book ZOLOT)
William's father gives him a basketball and a train but these do not make him want a doll less.
 
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden; illustrated by Adrienne Adams
(Children PZ7 .G54 St)
"Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true?" —Provided by publisher.
 
Rachel Field’s Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rosemary Wells & Susan Jeffers
(Children + PZ7 .W46843 Rac 1999)
A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners.
 
The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright
(Children Lg PZ7 .W95 Lo 1998)
The story of a doll named Edith who had no one to play with and was very lonely.
 
Coppélia by Margot Fonteyn; paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
(Children + PZ8 .F668 Co 1998)
A dollmaker cleverly schemes to pass his most beautiful doll off as a real girl, but he is outwitted by the townspeople he tries to deceive.
 
The Toys of Nuremberg by Lillian Sturges
(Children PZ8.3 .S89 T6)

The city of Nuremberg is famous for the toys made there, but the children who live there never get to play with them—until one night, the toys rebel.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
(Children PZ8.9 .B47 Ve)
By the time the velveteen rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.
 
The Doll in the Window by Pamela Bianco
(Children PZ8.9 .B48 Do)
A Christmas story about the merits of giving.
 
Candy Floss by Rumer Godden
(Children PZ8.9 .G65 Can)
A doll named Candy Floss is very happy serving as Jack's lucky charm at his stall at the fair, until a spoiled rich girl steals her.
 
Impunity Jane by Rumer Godden
(Children PZ8.9 .G65 Im)

A tiny doll lives an adventurous life in a little boy's pocket and as a member of a gang of boys.  

Chapter Books

(Children PR4803 .H6 M4)
"Maria Poppet, a doll, has many adventures and misadventures as she passes through the hands of many owners." —Provided by publisher.
 
Doll Bones by Holly Black
(Children PZ7 .B52878 Dol 2013)
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
 
House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block
(Children PZ7 .B61945 Ho 2010)
Madison Blackberry's dolls—Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene—have lives that she envies, with their beautiful clothes and warm, cozy house, while she's lonely most of the time.
 
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
(Children PZ7 .D5455 Mi 2006)
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.
 
The Jamie and Angus Stories by Anne Fine; illustrated by Penny Dale
(Children PZ7 .F495673 Jam 2002)

 "From the moment Jamie sets eyes on Angus in the shop window, with his silky white coat and forlorn stare, he just knows that they belong together. On Christmas morning, they're finally united and soon the toy Highland bull is Jamie's constant companion." —Provided by publisher.

The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban; illustrated by David Small
(Children PZ7 .H637 Mr 2001)
Two discarded toy mice survive perilous adventures in a hostile world before finding security and happiness with old friends and new.
 
Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
(Children PZ7 .J4134 Toy 2006)
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.
 
Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce
(Children PZ7 .J85 Ol 2016)
"When a toy is bestowed with the title of 'favorite,' it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit."—Provided by publisher.
 
Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy
(Children PZ7 .K385 Am 1985)
A girl who has changed into a doll and a doll who has changed into a sea captain sail the pirate-ridden high seas with a crew of Mother Goose animals, in search of gold treasure.
 
The Doll People by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin; illustrated by Brian Selznick.
(Children PZ7 .M35675 Do 2000)
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor. Annabelle Doll is eight years old- she has been for more than a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after year...until one day the Funcrafts move in. Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, with the help of Brian Selznick's remarkable illustrations, bring to life two wonderful families who prove that dolls are people, too!
 
The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh
(Children PZ7 .W35115 Me 1994)
The Mennyms, a family of life-size rag dolls living in a house in England and pretending to be human, see their peaceful existence threatened when the house's owner announces he is coming from Australia for a visit.
 
The Pasteboard Bandits by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes; illustrated by Peggy Turley
(Children + PZ7 .B6443 Pas 1997)
When he and his parents move to the quiet Mexican town of Taxco, Kenny makes friends with Juanito Perez, and the two share many adventures with Juanito's special papier-mache toy, Tito.
 
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
(Children PZ8.9 .B16 Mi)
"Miss Hickory is very worried. Her owner has moved to Boston, and how can Miss Hickory survive a harsh New Hampshire winter all alone? After all, she is just a doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, and whose house is made out of corncobs. But Miss Hickory has ingenuity, and the help of neighbors like Crow, Bull Frog, and Ground Hog to see her through. And near the end of those cold, dark months, something unexpected happens to Miss Hickory—something even more welcome than the coming of spring." —Provided by publisher.
 
The Silent Playmate: A Collection of Doll Stories edited and with an introduction by Naomi Lewis; illustrated by Harold Jones
(Children PZ8.9 .L49)
"An anthology of doll stories, poems, and excerpts from novels, drawn from a variety of sources." —Provided by publisher.