20 Preschool Books Paired with Educational Toys

Looking for an educational gift for a young child? I've hand-picked this collection of popular preschool books and high-quality toys to match. All of these products we either own, have tried them, or are highly reviewed. They are sure to be a hit with toddlers and preschoolers!

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Gift guide for toddlers and preschoolers with popular books and toys to match. Perfect educational presents for holidays or birthdays.

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Books & Toys that go GREAT together:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite among kids of different ages. If you're giving a gift to an infant or young toddler, this apple shaped fill and spill toy is perfect. For older toddlers and preschoolers, these lacing cards are a fun fine motor toy.

Perfect for an infant or young toddler, Pat the Bunny is a touch-and-feel classic paired with a developmental sensory bunny.

To go along with the classic nursery rhyme and song, Five Little Monkeys can be read while using these adorable finger puppets to act out the story. Great for counting and one to one correspondence.

Dear Zoo is a lift-the-flap favorite. Combine it with this wooden Animal Rescue truck (which is also a shape sorter) and it's sure to be a hit!

Goodnight Moon is a must-have classic book. Pair it with a glow-in-the-dark Goodnight Moon JUMBO puzzle, with extra large pieces perfect for little hands.

Great for little ones who love to paint, give them Mouse Paint along with a Fingerpaint Kit for some color mixing fun.

Farm animals are always a hit with kids. Pair the book Big Red Barn with this super fun farm playset.

Kids will have a blast reading Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and then creating their own construction site in this mini sandbox

Learn about colors and animals with the Eric Carle classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and then recreate the story with this color matching puzzle.

Perfect for dinosaur lovers, the book Dinosaur Roar! can be paired with these dinosaur 2-piece puzzles.

Learn about fruits and vegetables while going through the alphabet with the popular book Eating the Alphabet and a set of pretend play produce.

The Dr. Seuss classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish goes great with this wooden color matching fish puzzle. This is my kids' all-time favorite puzzle.

Perfect for train lovers, pair the book Freight Train with a wooden farm train that carries milk, produce and animals.

Kids can get inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon to draw their own imaginative stories on a purple doodle board.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is my daughter's favorite book, most likely because it involves cookies. Pair it with this educational toy cookie jar to practice counting, number recognition and pretend play.

Iggy Peck, Architect will inspire every child to become an architect. Encourage them to dream big with these award-winning magnetic building tiles.

This is a set we own and my kids never get tired of. Nursery and Fairy Tales Collection has 20 classic stories with cute illustrations. Pair the book with a set of 4 felt storyboards including Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs, Gingerbread Man, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Alphabet Under Construction is a great book for kids learning letter formation and letter sounds. Pair it with this hands-on letter construction activity set.

Elmer is a lovable elephant who teaches us that it's ok to be different. Pair the colorful book with an equally colorful wooden elephant puzzle that also lets kids practice their ABC and 123 sequencing.

The Rainbow Fish book is perfectly matched with this Sticky Mosaic activity kit. Kids can create 5 different colorful fish by sticking the mosaic tiles according to the corresponding numbers.

I Can Do That! is an award-winning interactive movement game inspired by the Seuss favorite, The Cat in the Hat. A creative game that will get the whole family moving.


Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. I LOVE this! I will certainly borrow a few of these ideas. I love pairing books with fun activities - it makes learning to read even more exciting! I "grew Rainbow Fish eggs" recently with my preschoolers! http://wp.me/p7PFcl-3e

    1. Hi Nadia,
      I'm so glad you like this list. Your "rainbow fish eggs" activity looks great!! :)

  2. These aren't my very favorite type of gifts. We have actually done a couple very similar sets! Thanks for all of the great ideas.