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Stephanie Grassullo
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17 Book With Plush Sets to Bring Storytime to Life

There’s nothing better than a sweet story and a huggable friend.

Parenting has changed a lot in the past few decades, but through it all, storytime remains a sweet staple for parents and kids. Cozying up together and transporting yourself to far-away lands pushes the boundaries of your kiddo’s imagination. And what better way to bring a story to life than with a book with a corresponding plush toy? The stuffed animal will become a beloved bedtime buddy and remind your little one why reading together is unlike any other adventure.

From cherished classics to new stories and tales, help make storytime special for your kid with these sets of books with plush toys.

Classic Children’s Books

Each of these book-with-plush sets let you share favorite stories and characters from your childhood with a new generation of kids.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Fifty years later and the story from Eric Carle is still as popular as ever. The colorful illustrations grab your little one’s attention, and the plush caterpillar is the perfect pairing to reenact the story.

Buy it: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book and Plush, $21, Amazon.com

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Goodnight Moon

Reinforce nightly routines with the help of this soothing story. Once your kid finishes their laundry list of goodnights, you can tuck them in with their plush friend.

Buy it: Goodnight Moon Cuddle Bunny with Board Book, $27, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Cartwheel Books

I Love You Through and Through

This book teaches kids about unconditional love, and the mini Teddy bear will assure them they’re always loved long after the story ends.

Buy it: I Love You Through and Through Board Book and Plush, $15, Amazon.com

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The Princess and the Pea

The classic fairy tale is retold in rhyme with this book and plush toy combo. The Itty Bittys princess doll will join you and your little one as you embark on an enchanted adventure.

Buy it: The Princess and the Pea Stuffed Animal and Storybook Set, $20, Hallmark.com

Photo: Courtesy Harper Collins

Pete the Cat

This Pete the Cat plush with book comes with 12 different tales. When storytime is over, kids can use the nearly 15-inch doll to reenact his adventures, from racing to swimming and even fighting a dragon.

Buy it: Pete the Cat Book and Plush Toy Gift Bundle, $37, Amazon.com

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Owl Babies

Kids will cuddle their baby owl close as they read about the owletts who wake up to find their mother missing. Your child and their plush will keep each other company through the night-just like the owls in the story.

Buy it: Owl Babies Book and Toy Gift Set, $16, Amazon.com

Teachable Tales

Whether it’s learning about a new culture or picking up life skills, these sets offer an exciting way to teach your kids something new.

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How Ganesh Broke His Tusk and Plush

This children’s book puts a twist on the story of how the Hindu god Ganesh broke his tusk. Pair the book with the interactive, plush Baby Ganesh to spark curiosity about Indian culture.

Buy it: How Ganesh Broke His Tusk Book, $10, ModiToys.com; Baby Ganesh Plush, $30, ModiToys.com

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Naoh’s Ark

The classic bible story comes to life with the help of four accompanying plush toys. Once the story comes to an end, kids can reenact the scenes and discuss their symbolic meaning.

Buy it: Noah’s Ark Plush with Giraffe and Book Bundle, $40, Amazon.com

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Baboochi

The book and plush toy set will help transport your little one to the planet Babooch. While there, they’ll meet Baboochi, who’ll teach them important basic skills like cleaning their room, having good manners and being kind to those around them.

Buy it: Baboochi Plush Doll and Book, $25, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Manhattan Toy

Petit Botaniste Bear Doll and Book

This adorable plush book for babies stimulates their senses with colorful visuals and crinkle pages, and comes along with a lovable bear and wooden teether.

Buy it: Manhattan Toy Petit Botaniste Bear Doll, Soft Book and Wooden Teether, $30, Amazon.com

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Elmo Book with Plush

The beloved Sesame Street Muppet encourages kids to be their own storytellers. With this Elmo book-with-plush set, little ones can match the icons to the three different sound buttons to help Elmo tell the story.

Buy it: Elmo’s Play Day, $16, Amazon.com

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Big Sibling Bear with Book

This book with plush is the perfect gift for a soon-to-be big sister or brother who’s learning to take on their new role.

Buy it: GUND Big Brother/Sister Gift Set, $25, Amazon.com

Sweet and Soothing Stories

Sometimes the best reads are simple stories with sweet messages. Soothe your little one to sleep with these book with plush sets.

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The Unique You

Encourage kids to know themselves, love their differences and discover their strengths with the help of this one-of-a-kind book and plush set.

Buy it: Unique You Book with Plush Toy, $25, Amazon.com

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Wake Up Little Owl

Despite its title, this story is the perfect bedtime read. Kids will be soothed to sleep as they follow the mixed-up Little Owl as she sleepily drifts in and out of night school.

Buy it: Jellycat Wake Up Little Owl Board Book and Little Owl, $35, Amazon.com

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If Animals Kissed Goodnight

Featuring whimsical art and playful rhymed verse, this affectionate book and plush toy set is bound to become a bedtime favorite. Flappy the Elephant will interact with your kiddo by playing peek-a-boo or singing a song.

Buy it: GUND Baby Animal Plush Toy and Book, $48, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Jellycat

Magical Unicorn Dreams

Ensure your little one has only the sweetest dreams when they snuggle up with the unicorn plush and embark into a magical world unlike any other.

Buy it: Jellycat Magical Unicorn Dreams Board Book, $35, Amazon.com

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Only One You

This book with plush toy reminds your child how important they are in the world using the sweet story and puppet to bring the words to life.

Buy it: Only One You Board Book and Puppet Set, $19, Amazon.com

Published May 2019

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