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Racing: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about racing?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to racing. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about racing.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about racing, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race to popular sellers like Hardy Boys 15: The Sinister Signpost to some of our favorite hidden gems like Cheetah Can’t Lose.

We hope this list of kids books about racing can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Go, Pea, Go!
Written & illustrated by Joe Moshier and Chris Sonnenburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pea Junior has to go, go, go, go! The end feels so far away, but with his family and friends cheering him on, Pea knows he can make it and go number one! A potty chart, a sheet of stickers, and the lyrics and music notation for the “Go, Pea, Go!” song are included to make an easy, all-in-one, go-to book for parents to help ease the pressure of the race to the Pea Bowl.

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Cheetah Can't Lose
Written & illustrated by Bob Shea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An overly confident cheetah challenges a pack of clever kittens to a race.

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Bizzy Bear: Race Car Driver
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Bizzy Bear is ready to win the race in this board book full of things to push and pull. Today, Bizzy Bear is driving in a big race – ready, set, go! Switch the light to signal the start and help him speed along in his race car and zoom around the track. Then lift the flag as he crosses the finish line! But will he get there first? Another exciting title in this best-selling series, which encourages preschoolers to get involved in the storytelling.

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Race Car Rally!
Written by Alan Copeland & illustrated by Rhys Jefferys
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grab hold of this book that lets you steer a race car that’s revving up to win the big race! This is going to be a tough race. . . . There are a bunch of speedy cars already ahead of you! You’re coming up to a blue car there on your right. Speed up and then swerve into the lane to get ahead of him! Put on your seatbelt and your helmet-it’s time to drive a race car! Kids will love using the die-cut handles in this novelty board book to control the race car to steer through the track around cars and into other lanes to try and win the big race!

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Race!
Written by Sue Fliess & illustrated by Edwardian Taylor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this imaginative book, a tiny car lines up next to all the other cars revving their engines. . . . Will it be able to take the Winner’s Cup?

Race cars!
Line up!
Who will take the Winner’s Cup?

Cars start,
lights glow…
“Rev your engines…GO GO GO!”

All the cars are lining up for the race, but one car is smaller than the rest. As it squeezes in between all of them, the cars rev their engines . . . and they’re off! Down mountains and by waterfalls, through tunnels and past landslides, the cars race through places that somehow look oddly familiar. . . .

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  • The Golden Acorn - Whoosh! Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But pump the brakes, because this year The Golden Nut Hunt race it is a team event. Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Will Squirrel’s competitive spirit take over or will she learn how to be a team player? Best-selling author Katy Hudson (Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter’s Nap) proves that winning isn’t everything in this energetic picture book about friendship, teamwork, and forgiveness – and that’s something to go nuts about!

  • The Golden Acorn - Whoosh! Squirrel takes off at full speed through the autumn leaves. But pump the brakes, because this year The Golden Nut Hunt race it is a team event. Squirrel reluctantly enlists her friends and is not impressed. Will Squirrel’s competitive spirit take over or will she learn how to be a team player? Best-selling author Katy Hudson (Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter’s Nap) proves that winning isn’t everything in this energetic picture book about friendship, teamwork, and forgiveness — and that’s something to go nuts about!

  • I Will Race You Through This Book! - See if you can beat Book-It Bunny in a reading race! In this story designed to engage early readers, charming characters combine with simple text, lively illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor to help boost kids’ confidence and create lifelong readers! This easy-to-read adventure breaks the fourth wall as Book-It Bunny challenges the reader to race her to the end of the story. But with distractions and tricks up her sleeve along the way, the competition becomes both fierce and funny at the same time. On your mark, get set, read! Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.

  • Vroom! - Join a little girl as she zooms— past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barbara McClintock.

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Built for Speed: A Branches Book
Written by Vicky Fang & illustrated by Christine Nishiyama
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Ready, set, go! Layla and the Bots are heading to the races!
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Blossom Valley is hosting a go-kart race! The go-karts are provided for all the kids in town. Layla and the Bots can’t wait for race day! But one racer, Tina, needs their help. She needs a new cart that uses hand-controls and other cool features. Layla and the Bots know just what to do… they will build her a brand-new cart that’s even faster than her wheelchair! But will Tina’s go-kart have enough speed to win the race? With full-color artwork on every page and speech bubbles throughout, this early chapter book series brings kid-friendly STEAM topics to young readers!

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The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race
Written & illustrated by Jan Berenstain and Stan 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.

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Super Rabbit Racers!
Written & illustrated by Thomas Flintham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Rev up those engines as Super Rabbit Boy, King Viking, and more favorite characters go head-to-head in an epic race that's wheelie fun!
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Ready, Set, Blast Off!
Written by Ray O’Ryan & illustrated by Jason Kraft
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

“Picked to represent their planet Nebulon in the Interstellar Space Race, Zack and his friends navigate their specially designed car through an underwater maze, around planetary rings, and through the stars! But when trouble stirs within the team, Zack must take charge. Can he lead them to victory?”–

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TURBO Racers: Trailblazer
Written by Austin Aslan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In Turbo Racers: Trailblazer, twelve-year-old Mace Blazer gets the chance to pilot a state-of-the-art vehicle that transforms at the touch of a button from race car to jet plane to single-person sub, in the biggest race in the world. The roar of the crowd, the glow of the spotlight, the thrill of the race—Mace Blazer dreams of going TURBO. TURBOnaunts thrive on the thrum of trimorphers’s rocket engines as the vehicles morph from super-powered race cars to speeding jet aircrafts to torpedo-fast submarines, while they race full-throttle around every bend. And Mace believes he’s got what it takes to join their ranks—he only needs the chance to prove it. So when a reclusive retired racer chooses Mace to try out to be part of the next generation of TURBOnauts, Mace knows that this is his moment to show what he can do. But the path to his big shot means facing down the best and the brightest from around the world. Mace will have to live more fearlessly, hone quicker reflexes, be revolutionary—but will it be enough? Mace quickly realizes that everything he’s ever hoped for comes at a price. He’ll have to decide between what is right and what is easy. Every morph counts in the first book in this exhilarating new adventure series by the acclaimed author of The Islands at the End of the World, Austin Aslan. This is the first title in a high-stakes middle-grade two-book series!

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  • Arctic Freeze (Race the Wild #3), Volume 3 - On a once-in-a-lifetime race through the animal kingdom, it takes smarts, strength, and skill to win!

  • Jasper & Ollie - Jasper, an impatient fox, and Ollie, a slow-moving sloth, head to the pool on a summer day, each taking their own unique path.

  • Speed Dash - Atalanta believes herself to be the fastest hero truck in the world, as her record of winning races indicates–and now she must also defeat the MonsterTrucks that challenge her to ever more demanding obstacle courses, but with a little help from the other hero trucks she will prevail.

  • Number One Sam - They’re off! Sam is the best race-car driver in history-he is number one at every race! But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn’t know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?

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Jungle Jeep
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Pile into the jeep and join our safari friends for a rip-roaring adventure! This interactive, sturdy tabbed board book features four wild animal character shapes placed at the top of every page perfect for little hands to turn and explore. Kiddos will love learning all about the lions, elephants, monkeys, and giraffes as they trek through the wilderness in a big green safari jeep. A fun and entertaining read your kiddo will enjoy!

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The Tortoise and the Hare, Narrated by the Silly But Truthful Tortoise
Written by Nancy Loewen & illustrated by Thomas Russell Cox
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, the tortoise, Balderdash, describes how his race with Jiffy the Hare (who was actually pretty slow for a hare), launched his career as a comedian.

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King of the Sky
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Laura Carlin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this tale of a young boy, an old man, and a dauntless pigeon, a lyrical text and extraordinary illustrations offer a gorgeous meditation on loneliness, belonging, and home.

A young Italian boy has moved to the Welsh hills with his family. He feels isolated and unhappy, a stranger in a strange land. It is only when he makes an unlikely friend, an old man who lets him fly one of his pigeons in a race, that he learns how he can belong. Nicola Davies’s beautiful story — an immigrant’s tale with powerful resonance in our troubled times — is illustrated by an artist who makes the world anew with every picture.

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Hardy Boys 15: The Sinister Signpost
Written by Franklin W. Dixon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In one of the most dangerous and intriguing cases of their careers, Frank and Joe Hardy help their father investigate a series of mysterious car accidents. Each of the drivers had seen a signpost marked DANGER shortly before his accident. The young detectives investigate, only to discover that the signposts have vanished. The attempted theft of a secret experimental motor and the kidnapping of a famous race horse are part of this thrilling case, which proves to be as sinister as the signposts themselves. From the Hardcover edition.

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Cars 3 Little Golden Book (Disney/Pixar Cars 3)
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
A Little Golden Book based on Disney/Pixar Cars 3--cruising into theaters June 16, 2017!
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  • Mack Rhino, Private Eye: The Big Race Lace Case - Mack Rhino is a private detective--who just so happens to be a rhinoceros--in this silly, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book that's perfect for emerging readers!

  • Miniracer - Ready, steady, green light, go! Mini Racer won’t go slow. Twelve little vehicles are lined up and ready to race. With speed bumps to jump and corners to round, who will take the lead? The winner just might surprise you. This rhyming text is filled with onomatopoeia sure to tickle the funny bones of little readers. Beep, beep! Watch out as they race to turn the pages and follow each animal’s themed story. And the chase doesn’t end with the last screech; little ones will beg to read it over again to discover all of the details in the art. Mini Racer is a must-have for story time!

  • The Princess and the Pit Stop - When a Princess learns from her Fairy Godmother that she is in last place in a car race against such fairy tale notables as Humpty Dumpty, the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin, she boldly rebuffs defeat and steps on the gas.

  • Maisy's Race Car: A Go with Maisy Board Book - Maisy zooms with her friends in a shaped board book loaded with preschooler appeal.

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The Great Easter Race!
Written & illustrated by Sesame Workshop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Race along with the Sesame Street gang on Easter morning!A new entry in Sourcebooks’ Sesame Scribbles series, which continues to show strong salesEye-catching design, lively rhymed text, and lovable characters make for a memorable reading experience to share between parents and childrenSesame Street continues to be one of the most familiar and best-loved brands around the worldIt’s a bright Easter morning, and all of Sesame Street is gathered at the park for the Great Easter Race. Who will win the day? Will it be the turtle, who moves slowly and steadily toward the finish? Or will it be the bunny, who runs faster than thunder, but seems easily distracted? What could be more important for the bunny than the race on Easter? Fun surprises wait around every turn, so come along with Elmo and all the Sesame Street friends!

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