Best Children's Books About Cars

29 Children's Books About Cars

Updated Apr. 11, 2019
Sheep in a Jeep book
#1
Sheep in a Jeep
Written by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Out for a drive in the country, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple's well-known and beloved sheep run into some mishaps with their sturdy red jeep.

Picture Fit Board Books: A Traffic Jam of Trucks book
#2
Picture Fit Board Books: A Traffic Jam of Trucks
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The format of this book is akin to the very high-end Xavier Deneux books by Chronicle, with one part raised on one side of the page, which fits into a cut out on the other page, and is fun for little fingers to explore. I really enjoy that per the title it is a "clever colors book" that not only teaches colors, but also different types of transportation, and different words for groupings of vehicles (particularly since some are a little silly i.e. "a squeeze of buses"!) If your kid is into I-Spying in books, this is also great for pointing out different kinds of animals that ride in and drive these vehicles across the pages.

There are trucks and tractors, cars and buses rumbling through this lively and engaging colors book. Little learners will discover a rainbow of colors from red to blue and yellow and green in the brightly colored things that are splashed across the book pages. On the turn of every page, they’ll be excited to find raised vehicle shapes to touch, feel, and explore, that neatly tuck into the shaped spaces on the opposite page. Offering a tactile and visual experience that your child will want to repeat time and time again, A Traffic Jam of Trucks is just right for little hands!

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z. book
#3
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z.
Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A miniature vehicle-filled alphabet book that starts with an ambulance and ends with a zippermobile is shaped like Lowly Worm's applemobile. On board pages.

If I Built a Car book
#4
If I Built a Car
Written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

TouchThinkLearn: Vehicles book
#5
TouchThinkLearn: Vehicles
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The style of this book with the raised portions that fit beautifully into the page opposite is so fun for little hands to explore, and the breadth of vehicles from double-decker buses to trains to rocket ships is broad and fun! I really enjoy that because there are only a few vocabulary words without explanation provided per page, my toddler and I get to have an interactive experience reading this book and we can choose different parts to explore each time depending on our mood and the speed we're going at!

Featuring spreads each with raised shaped objects that fit into scooped cutouts on their opposite page, these two new TouchThinkLearn books offer the youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Discover—and experience a train by tracing the raised railcar on one side and feeling the excavated shape of the track on the other! Clusters of related words on each spread offer parents and children a springboard for further conversations to encourage the language skills so crucial to later successful learning. In a format unlike any other, these groundbreaking books translate abstract thought into tangible knowledge.

The Little School Bus book
#6
The Little School Bus
Written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A happy little school bus and Driver Bob wake up early to pick up children, drop them off at school, then head to the garage for some minor repairs.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way book
#7
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
Written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Zooom! Wooeeee . . . ! "Make way!"The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayor’s limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there’s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style. Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever. Now with a free downloadable party kit!

The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race book
#8
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race
Written and illustrated by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book in the Berenstain Bears series doesn't have a huge storyline, but it is a fun story about the sure and steady winning the race! This could be a great starter to talk about good sportsmanship, and it's a fun read.

Papa Bear and his family watch as the little red car competes in a race against the big orange, yellow, green, and blue cars.

All the Way to Havana book
#9
All the Way to Havana
Written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Mike Curato
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Gus's Garage book
#10
Gus's Garage
Written and illustrated by Leo Timmers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Gus's workshop is chock-full of odds and ends. When his friend Rico comes over with a problem—his scooter seat is way too small for a rhino—Gus finds just the thing to fix it. One by one Gus's friends bring him their vehicles and Gus solves their troubles with ingenious solutions. No job is too difficult for Gus! Soon the workshop is almost empty. Is anything left to solve Gus's own problem at the end of a long day? Gus's Garage is Leo Timmers at his best: effortlessly simple text, intricately detailed illustrations, and vehicles galore.

Animobiles book
#11
Animobiles
Written and illustrated by Maddie Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Some vehicles go VROOM! Some animals say ROAR! Put them both together and find out what's in store Imagine a different kind of hybrid on wheels: animalvehicle! The subway-snake slithers for commuters, the cowcars stop to graze in the field, the bear-bus scoots to the den for hibernation. What could be better than a mash-up of two of the best things: animals and things that go vroom!

Cool Cars book
#12
Cool Cars
Written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Ant Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Cars are really handy, for getting us around. They whiz along on busy roads, and make a zoomy sound. From race cars to limousines, cruise down the street with some wacky animal drivers in this lively story, now in an attractive board book format perfect for small hands. Young children will adore it as will the adults who get to read aloud these irresistible rhymes!

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go book
#13
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go
Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On their way to the beach for a picnic the Pig family encounters almost every kind of transportation vehicle imaginable--and imaginary.

Rattletrap Car book
#14
Rattletrap Car
Written by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Jill Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Various disasters threaten to stop Poppa and the children from getting to the lake in their rattletrap car, but they manage to come up with an ingenious solution to each problem.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) book
#15
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary Grandpre
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the summer after Harry’s first year at Hogwarts has been his worst summer ever… the Dursleys more distant and horrible than ever before. But just as he’s packing his bags to return to school, a creature named Dobby the house-elf announces that if Harry goes back to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And it turns out, Dobby is right. Harry and Ron miss the Hogwarts Express, so they fly to school in a blue Ford Anglia, crash landing in the notorious Whomping Willow. Soon other worries accumulate: the outrageously stuck-up new professor Gilderoy Lockhart; a ghost named Moaning Myrtle, who haunts the girls' bathroom; the strange behavior of Ron's little sister, Ginny Weasley; rumors about the "Chamber of Secrets," a cavern buried deep below Hogwarts; and a magical diary owned by Tom Riddle, a Hogwarts student of long ago. Harry is also shocked to discover that he can speak Parseltongue, the language of snakes - a rare ability that Lord Voldemort also possessed - and that anti-Muggle prejudice exists in the Wizarding world, even affecting Harry's friend Hermione. But all of these seem like minor concerns when someone starts turning Hogwarts students to stone: an evildoer said to be the fearsome Heir of Salazar Slytherin, on of the founders of the school. Could it be Draco Malfoy, Harry's most poisonous rival? Could it be Hagrid whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one person everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

Classic Goosebumps #30: The Haunted Car book
#16
Classic Goosebumps #30: The Haunted Car
Written by R. L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

"Originally published as Goosebumps Series 2000 #21: The haunted car"--Title page verso.

The Truth about Bats book
#17
The Truth about Bats
Written by Eva Moore and illustrated by Ted Enik
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Ms. Frizzle takes her students all over the country looking for bats, and in the process the students learn all about these flying mammals.

The Little Auto book
#18
The Little Auto
Written and illustrated by Lois Lenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Mr. Small has a shiny red auto. On nice days, Mr. Small takes his car out of the garage and goes for a drive. He can drive fast enough to pass a horse and buggy! He runs into trouble when it begins to rain and he gets a flat tire. But he is able to fix the tire, the sun comes out, and Mr. Small drives his little auto back into the garage.

The Little Red Racing Car book
#19
The Little Red Racing Car
Written and illustrated by Dwight Knowlton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A vintage racing car, walled off in an old barn, is discovered by a boy and rebuilt with his father. Along the way, they discover that the car has a very special history and was once raced by the great Sir Stirling Moss.

On the Go! book
#20
On the Go!
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Buckle up and get ready to ride with this interactive transportation exploration! Take a trip with the cars, trucks, boats, planes, and trains in this book by moving them along the track. Pass pop-up buildings like airports, gas stations, and markets along the way. This book is a must for kids who love everything on wheels!

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep book
#21
Car, Car, Truck, Jeep
Written by Katrina Charman and illustrated by Nick Sharratt
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This book is bursting with cars, buses, planes, trains, trucks, diggers—and many more Things That Go. And with a text set to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, vehicle-obsessed little ones will never want to put this book down!

What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? book
#22
What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive?
Written by Mark Lee and illustrated by Brian Biggs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Uncle Otto is a used car salesman, who, with the help of his niece and nephew, finds the perfect vehicles for his dinosaur customers.

Look Through: Things that Go book
#23
Look Through: Things that Go
Written by and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With cute art and simple labels, Look Through: Things that Go is a great tool for early learning. This sturdy board book features unique raised shapes on every page. The playful die-cuts then fit into mirroring pages for added fun! Babies and toddlers will love the added elements as the shapes begin to transform from a helicopter into a boat and even a tractor into a fire truck! Look through the pages and learn all about vehicles.

First Baby Days: On the Move book
#24
First Baby Days: On the Move
Written by and illustrated by Mojca Dolinar
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A stimulating interactive first book to share with your baby. Trains, rockets, cars, and more! First Baby Days: On the Move features striking red, black, and white art meant to stimulate your baby’s vision as they are introduced to vehicles. Each scene can be extended by the pull-tabs included on each spread, making this book even more interactive.

The Three Little Rigs book
#25
The Three Little Rigs
Written and illustrated by David Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Little rig, little rig, let me come in!" "Not by the chrome on my chinny chin chin." "Then I’ll crash and I’ll bash and I’ll smash your house in." When the three little rigs set out to build their own garages, each one thinks that his is going to be the strongest. But then the big bad wrecking ball comes to call and threatens to smash their new homes to smithereens. The brothers learn that it’s only by bravery and teamwork that they can win the day. A comic sequel to the ugly truckling.

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