Children’s Books About Trucks, Trains and Things That Go!

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McToad Mows Tiny Island

Title: McToad Mows Tiny Island
By: Tom Angleberger
Published: 2015

Every Thursday, as a break from mowing Big Island, McToad and his tractor make their way to Tiny Island, using various modes of transportation and types of machinery to get there and back.

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Ages 4 - 8.


Title: Airplanes
By: Byron Barton
Published: 1986

Brief text and illustrations present a variety of airplanes and what they do.

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Ages 4-8.


Title: Trains
By: Byron Barton
Published: 1986

Brief text and illustrations present a variety of trains and what they do.

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Ages 4-8.


Title: Trucks
By: Byron Barton
Published: 1986

Brief text and illustrations present a variety of trucks and what they do.

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Ages 4-8.

Mighty Truck

Title: Mighty Truck
By: Chris Barton
Published: 2016

When a muddy truck reluctantly gets a truck wash, he transforms into a superhero.

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Ages 4-8.

The Airport Book

Title: The Airport Book
By: Lisa Brown
Published: 2016

An exploratory journey through the airport.

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Ages 3-7.

Lowriders In Space

Title: Lowriders In Space
By: Cathy Camper
Published: 2014

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

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Ages 8 - 12.

Freight Train

Title: Freight Train
By: Donald Crews
Published: 1978

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

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Ages 0 - 4.

The Little Fire Truck

Title: The Little Fire Truck
By: Margery Cuyler
Published: 2017

A happy little fire truck, driven by Jill, zips all over town helping to put out fires and rescue animals.

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Ages 2 - 6.

Milo Imagines The World

Title: Milo Imagines The World
By: Matt de la Peña
Published: 2021

While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be.

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Ages 4-8.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Things That Go

Title: National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Things That Go
By: Karen De Seve
Published: 2017

Photos and descriptions of all types of transportation for very young children.

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Ages 4 - 8.

On the Go Awesome

Title: On the Go Awesome
By: Lisl H. Detlefsen
Published: 2020

Watching or riding in a variety of vehicles is exciting, but operating each machine is awesome.

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Ages 4 - 8.

All The Way To Havana

Title: All The Way To Havana
By: Margarita Engle
Published: 2017

A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. Includes author's note about cars in Cuba.

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Ages 4 - 8.

Five Trucks

Title: Five Trucks
By: Brian Floca
Published: 2014

Five different trucks do five different jobs to get an airplane ready for takeoff.

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Ages 4 - 8.


Title: Locomotive
By: Brian Floca
Published: 2013

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

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Ages 4 - 10.

Old MacDonald Had A Truck

Title: Old MacDonald Had A Truck
By: Steve Goetz
Published: 2019

Old MacDonald had a farm E - I - E - I - O. And on that farm he had a ...truck?! With a dig dig here and scoop scoop there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved construction vehicles, like the excavator, dump truck and bulldozer, will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages singing along.

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Ages 3 - 5.

I Like Trains

Title: I Like Trains
By: Daisy Hirst
Published: 2021

Whether sending toy animals on a journey around a model track or driving a cardboard-box locomotive, this little puppy really likes trains, and the best part of all is riding a real train.

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Ages 2 -5.

All Kinds of Planes

Title: All Kinds of Planes
By: Carl Johanson
Published: 2017

From fighter jets, hot air balloons and hang gliders, to flying arks, abstract rockets and carrot planes, All Kinds of Planes is a playful mix of existing and imaginary that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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Ages 3 - 5.

I Am The Subway

Title: I Am The Subway
By: Hyo-ŭn Kim
Published: 2021

A cinematic journey through the Seoul subway that masterfully portrays the many unique lives we travel alongside whenever we take the train. A poetic translation of the bestselling Korean picture book.

Ages 3 - 7.


Title: Moo!
By: David LaRochelle
Published: 2013

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.

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Ages 3 - 6.

Ty's Travels

Title: Ty's Travels
By: Kelly Starling Lyons
Published: 2020

Ty cannot wait to ride his new scooter, but when he has a hard time learning and wants to quit, a new friend encourages him to give it another try.

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Ages 4 - 8.

Tia Isa Wants A Car

Title: Tia Isa Wants A Car
By: Meg Medina
Published: 2011

Tía Isa and her niece try to save enough money to buy a car to take the whole family to the beach.

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Ages 3 - 7.

Around The World

Title: Around The World
By: Matt Phelan
Published: 2011

Challenged with circling the world at the end of the nineteenth century, three very different adventurers--avid bicyclist Thomas Stevens, fearless reporter Nellie Bly, and retired sea captain Joshua Slocum--embark on epic journeys.

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Ages 9 - 12.

Puppy Truck

Title: Puppy Truck
By: Brian Pinkney
Published: 2019

Carter gets a truck instead of a much wanted puppy, but he soon discovers his new toy is just as fun and rascally as a pet.

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Ages 5 - 8.

¡Vamos! Let's Cross The Bridge

Title: ¡Vamos! Let's Cross The Bridge
By: Raúl the Third
Published: 2021

Little Lobo and Bernabé are bringing supplies to the big celebration in the country across the bridge -- but everyone else seems to be going, too! During the long delay, they see all kinds of people on the bridge for different reasons and speaking different languages, but when someone has a grumpy moment, they all come together to make the wait as good as can be.

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Ages 4 - 7.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Title: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
By: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Published: 2011

At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

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Ages 1 - 6.


Title: Supertruck
By: Stephen Savage
Published: 2015

When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?

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Ages 2 - 6.

Two Dogs on a Trike

Title: Two Dogs on a Trike
By: Gabi Snyder
Published: 2020

When the gate is left open, one dog escapes the yard for an adventure on tricycles, trolleys, and trains. This hilarious story counts up to ten and back down again as more pups join the fun--and one very determined cat goes on the chase!

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Ages 0 - 5.


Title: Roadwork
By: Sally Sutton
Published: 2008

There are many big machines and busy people involved in building a road, and this picture book, with its rambunctious rhymes and noisy fun, follows them every step of the way, from clearing a pathway to rolling the tar to sweeping up at the end.

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Ages 2 - 5.

Three Grumpy Trucks

Title: Three Grumpy Trucks
By: Todd Tarpley
Published: 2018

Three toy trucks don't want to stop scooping, grinding, and digging on the playground until they get so overtired that a child must take them home and tuck them into bed.

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Ages 4 - 8.

If I Built A Car

Title: If I Built A Car
By: Chris Van Dusen
Published: 2005

Jack describes the kind of car he would build--one with amazing accessories and with the capability of traveling on land, in the air, and on and under the sea.

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Ages 3 - 5.

I Won!

Title: I Won!
By: Ruth Wielockx
Published: 2015

The competitors hurry to their vehicles. Which is the fastest? The scooter, the fire engine or the tricycle? Maybe it's the racing bike? And who actually won?

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Ages 3 - up.

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