Best Children's Books About Building

66 Children's Books About Building

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Little Excavator book
#1
Little Excavator
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Llama Llama books comes a new character ready to dig his way into your heart! Here come the BIG RIGS rolling down the street. Thumpa-thumpa bumpa-bumpa BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! There’s Loader and Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane. They’re ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. And who wants to help most of all? Little Excavator! But are there any jobs for someone so small? Anna Dewdney’s signature rhyming text and inviting illustrations make this a perfect read aloud for for fans of things that go!

The Little Dump Truck book
#2
The Little Dump Truck
Written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A happy little dump truck, driven by Hard Hat Pete, hauls stones, rocks, and debris from a construction site to a landfill.

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree book
#3
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree
Written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This new adventure with Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends uses simple prose and radiant illustrations to shine a light on the joy of reading and the importance of working together. One day Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree in the middle of the forest. What can be done with one ordinary tree? "I will keep my book in this nook so everyone can read it," Red Knit Cap Girl says. But the tree isn't only for books. Little by little, one by one, the animals share their unique gifts and turn the ordinary tree into a special spot for everyone to enjoy!

Trainbots book
#4
Trainbots
Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Shane McG
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Trainbots are getting ready to make and deliver toybots for kids to play with, but it looks like the Badbots are sneaking and scheming to sabotage the delivery in this moving, grooving picture book! Trainbots boarding, how rewarding! Trainbots zooming, unassuming... Badbots peeking, sneaking, scheming, hopping, dropping--Badbots teeming! These Trainbots are getting ready to make and deliver toybots for kids to play with! They're drawing, sawing, and building to get the toybots ready to send, but it looks like the Badbots are sneaking and scheming to sabotage the delivery! Luckily, the Trainbots draft and craft and engineer and rockateer to outsmart the misbehaving Badbots. And once the toybots are delivered, the kids become their FRIEND-bots 'til-the-end bots!

The Patchwork Bike book
#5
The Patchwork Bike
Written by Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

When you live in a village at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe Mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a license plate from bark if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for whooping and laughing as you bumpetty bump over sand hills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.

Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper book
#6
Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper
Written by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Ryan O Rourke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Snappy rhymes invite young readers to watch workers dig, pour, pound, and bolt a skyscraper into existence. Simple yet satis-fying sidebars provide further information about each step in the construction process. Perfect for preschoolers and all those who dig diggers. Quirky, colorful art enhance the appeal of a construction site with all the equipment and sounds of building. The 2017 Summer Reading Theme: Build a Better World!

My First Toolbox book
#7
My First Toolbox
Written and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

My First Tool Box features a distressed design to give it a rough-and-tumble feel. Children will be delighted by the removable cardboard elements including: A wrench A screwdriver A hammer and four cardboard nails A saw My First Tool Box also features a tape measure to slide, and screws and nuts to turn. Plus, children can count from one to five! This oversized board book offers a robust introduction to everyday tools, perfect for encouraging lively, interactive play for children and adults!

The Road That Trucks Built book
#8
The Road That Trucks Built
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Erica Sirotich
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Join the ride as a team of adorable vehicles work together to build a new road in this fresh, cement-mixing spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The House That Jack Built.” This is the traffic that’s moving too slow. Cars and buses have nowhere to go. What is the answer? I’m guessing you know. The trucks need to build a new road! Bulldozers, scrapers, graders, and more are hard at work making sure that every car, truck, and motorcycle can get where they’re going fast! With smooth writing by Susanna Leonard Hill and heavy-duty illustrations by Erica Sirotich, The Road That Trucks Built shows the importance and effectiveness of teamwork in a picture book that’s perfect for on the road readers.

Fix It! book
#9
Fix It!
Written and illustrated by Georgie Birkett
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When a child's toys break, the child helps its parents to fix the toys and make a brand-new toybox to hold them.

Job Site book
#10
Job Site
Written and illustrated by Nathan Clement
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Shiny, huge, heavy machinery rolls onto the job site—the bulldozer, excavator, loader, and other construction vehicles all have important tasks to accomplish. Through double-page spreads of colorful digital artwork and succinct text, the reader witnesses the transformation of an empty lot to a community park orchestrated by the construction foreman with the help of some of the mightiest of machines.

The Alphabet from the Sky book
#11
The Alphabet from the Sky
Written and illustrated by Joey Lee, Benedikt Gross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover the alphabet from a bird’s-eye view! Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights—literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered “accidental letters” all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes, and more. Take a journey around the Earth in 26 letters with this special book.

Demolition book
#12
Demolition
Written by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Illustrations and rhyming text show the enormous and powerful machines that are used to demolish a building so that a playground can be built.

Ladybug Girl and Her Papa book
#13
Ladybug Girl and Her Papa
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Perfect for Father’s Day or any day, this board book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series celebrates Lulu’s bond with her dad and pairs perfectly with Ladybug Girl and her Mama Join Lulu and her papa as they spend a perfect day together. They take a hike complete with rock-skipping at the stream, make a delicious pancake breakfast, and build a birdhouse. Even hanging the laundry to dry is an adventure when Ladybug Girl is with Papa. This sweet story captures the everyday magic of the love between a little girl and her dad.

Mom and Dad's Go to Work book
#14
Mom and Dad's Go to Work
Written and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Spend the day with mom and dad at work! Every child wants to know: what do mom and dad do all day? Kids can come along and see, with this entertaining board book that introduces a variety of professions. Some parents grab a medical bag, others put on a hard hat, and still more go to the office. But whatever they do, they all return home ready to hug their little ones.

Building Machines book
#15
Building Machines
Written by Ian Graham and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Building Machines explores the powerful mechanics of construction vehicles and includes everything needed to build nine machines with working parts! The construction vehicles introduced are a forklift, bulldozer, front loader, giant digger, dump truck, road roller, crane, and tractor. Each spread describes the vehicle in detail, including its parts and function. The spreads also include instructions for constructing the machine described using the included die-cut pieces. Children can follow the steps to make each vehicle, then use the pieces to invent their own. It's the perfect introduction to simple mechanics for budding engineers everywhere.

Bigger! Bigger! book
#16
Bigger! Bigger!
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The star of Faster! Faster! and Higher! Higher! dons a construction hat for another soaring (and slightly interrupted) exercise in imagination. A box of blocks. A budding builder. Should she build a doghouse? A bridge? A skyscraper? Yes, all of these and more! Bigger, bigger! BIGGEST! But then . . . Boom! Boom! What's that? Uh-oh . . . After one little girl's architectural masterpieces grow exponentially, the arrival of an assistant presents a bit of a challenge in this ode to creativity masterfully constructed by Leslie Patricelli.

Crash! Boom! a Math Tale book
#17
Crash! Boom! a Math Tale
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

How do these blocks stack up? Gentle math concepts go down easy in this fun and accessible story for very young children by the esteemed Robie H. Harris. Elephant has a bucket of blocks and wants to build something tall. Something as tall as Elephant. But will it stay up? CRASH! BOOM! Not this time. Build it again? One block. Two blocks? Four blocks? It's still not as tall as Elephant. More blocks! Now will it stay up? Now will it be as tall as Elephant? Build, balance, count -- question, estimate, measure -- predict, crash, and build again! Young children will happily follow along as Elephant goes through the ups and downs of creating something new and finally celebrates the joy and pride of success.

Bob the Builder: Fall 2017 book
#18
Bob the Builder: Fall 2017
Written and illustrated by Mattel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An exciting storybook where Bob the Builder squares off against Conrad the Contractor based on a special tentpole episode of Bob the Builder.

Bird Builds a Nest book
#19
Bird Builds a Nest
Written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Richard Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

It’s time for Bird to build her nest! Follow her as she pulls a worm out of the ground, lifts some twigs that are just the right size, and pushes the twigs into place. Uh-oh! One of the twigs falls to the ground! But after a day of hard work, Bird’s nest is ready and waiting. Can you guess what it’s waiting for? Using simple, clear language and beautiful illustrations, this engaging story is the perfect introduction to physical forces for very young readers. A final spread with some simple questions promotes discussion with parents, teachers, or caregivers and encourages readers to think about the concepts introduced. A gentle, sweetly illustrated concept book takes on physical forces as young children learn about pushing and pulling.

Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation book
#20
Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Chicken Squad is back for their fifth (mis)adventure in this “lip-bitingly funny” (School Library Journal) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. The Chicken Squad prides themselves on being ready for anything. Marshmallow life preservers? Check. Copious bags of jellybeans for a car ride? Check. Storm shelter? Storm shelter! They need a storm shelter in case there is ever a storm. So Sugar takes it upon himself to build one in the yard. But it turns out it’s not big enough for everyone. And the big dig has unearthed some mysterious surprises.

 Sandcastle That Lola Built book
#21
Sandcastle That Lola Built
Written by Megan Maynor and illustrated by Kate Berube
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Lola is building her dream sandcastle—one with a tall, tall tower and sea glass that sends signals to mermaids. But the beach is crowded, and soon enough, a boy steps on her castle. Not to worry! Lola recruits him to build a wall. When a toddler with a bulldozer starts digging too close the walls, Lola decides he can be in charge of digging the moat. As the sandcastle grows, so does Lola’s friendly group of helpers. There’s only one thing that Lola doesn’t want near the sandcastle: a wave! Will the new friends be able to salvage the mermaids’ castle when their hard work is washed away?

Daddy and Me book
#22
Daddy and Me
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Daddy is making a special project. Help him find the tools he needs by looking under the oversized flaps. Working with Daddy is so much fun!

Square book
#23
Square
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square's friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? With the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle, Square, and Circle, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen nudge readers toward a more well-rounded way of looking at things. Understated and striking in its simplicity, this funny, thoughtful offering from two of today's most talented picture-book creators emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes -- and your mind -- open to wonder where others see only rubble and rocks.

Bites Back book
#24
Bites Back
Written by Landry Q Walker and illustrated by Keith Zoo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

After narrowly escaping death and saving Paragon from destruction, Elara Adele Vaughn is back in action to start her second year at the Seven Systems Academy of Terraforming Arts. But she’s done being a hero this time around–Elara just wants to learn how to build new worlds with her best friends Knot, Beezle, Sabik, and her alien-sponge roommate, Clare. But when an evil time-hopping force threatens to take down the galactic order, Elara’s “normal” school year might turn into something weird. But what’s a little danger for the Academy’s most troublemaking student and her oddball crew of friends?

How to Build a Hug book
#25
How to Build a Hug
Written by Jacqueline Tourville, Amy Guglielmo and illustrated by Giselle Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Giselle Potter come together to tell the inspiring story of autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin and her brilliant invention: the hug machine. As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug? Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one…she would build a hug machine!

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