Best Children's Books About Cars

11 Children's Books About Cars

Updated Mar. 13, 2019
Rattletrap Car book
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.

All the Way to Havana book
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.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) book
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?

The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race book
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race
Written and illustrated by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z. book
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.

Classic Goosebumps #30: The Haunted Car book
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
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
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
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.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way book
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!

Cool Cars book
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!

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