Definition of toybook in US English:



  • A children's book with features that enable it to be played with as well as read.

    • ‘She produced six watercolor designs for Diamonds and Toads, a toybook published by Frederick Warne and Co. in 1869.’
    • ‘The toybooks are each eight pages long, printed on one side of the page.’
    • ‘The collection includes religious tracts, toybooks, primers, catechisms, alphabets, hymns, songbooks, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, miniature books and wordless picture books, among other popular genres, and reflects the growth and development of American book illustration and wood engraving during this dynamic period.’
    • ‘The toybooks, like this Cinderella done in 1874, cost sixpence to purchase.’
    • ‘This is what a toybook ought to be, folks.’
    • ‘Variety in mechanics, illustration and shape widened the appeal of toybooks.’
    • ‘The book also includes extensive bibliographic chapters on American editions of Bunyan's book and on children's editions, including picturebooks, textbooks, and toybooks.’
    • ‘The following is a list of Warne's Sixpenny toybooks and Routledge's Sixpenny and Shilling Toybooks, the latter printed by Edmund Evans and representing two-thirds of Crane's work for them.’