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Tractor: Books For Kids

These books are so fun. Many of them tell about the job of each different kind of tractor. Your child can learn the names of the trucks and tractors too.

McToad Mows Tiny Island book
#1
McToad Mows Tiny Island
Written by Tom Angleberger and illustrated by John Hendrix
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

I wrote this book off when I first read it, but my son immediately took to it. He asked to read it over and over again. I found that with each iteration I actually enjoyed the book more and more (which is untrue of many books). The story follows a cheerful McToad who goes to great lengths to mow Tiny Island each Thursday. To reach the island he must transport his lawnmower by airplane, boat, helicopter, and train which seems like a great deal of effort, but not for McToad who seems to enjoy every minute of the journey.

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.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site book
#2
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The #1 New York Times bestseller As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

B Is for Bulldozer book
#3
B Is for Bulldozer
Written by June Sobel and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is the perfect alphabet book for little construction lovers! What I really liked about this book is that it has more of a story rather than just showing different construction vehicles.

Get ready for a ride through the alphabet at a busy construction site. There's a big yellow Bulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, a rusty red Dump truck--and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?

Roadwork book
#4
Roadwork
Written by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Big machines and their drivers work together to build a road.

Big Book of Tractors book
#5
Big Book of Tractors
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Open the giant fold-out pages to discover some of the biggest and most amazing tractors ever built - from the world's largest tractor to huge harvesting machines and monster polar vehicles.

  1. That's Not My Tractor - This text features interesting textures to feel, such as smooth paintwork or bumpy tyres. The combination of simple text, illustrations and things to feel will help very young children develop sensory and language awareness.

  2. Meet the Tractors - Meet Hendrix and his friends, a group of personalised vintage tractors all getting up to their own adventures. In a series of childrens stories they'll tell you all about them!

  3. Otis and the Puppy - Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek. From the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, Of Thee I Sing, and Otis.

  4. Goodnight Tractor - A whimsical bedtime series by the author of How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth pairs fun-filled rhymes and exuberant illustrations that invite little dreamers to wish their favorite things a sweet goodnight.

Where do Digger's Sleep at Night? book
#10
Where do Digger's Sleep at Night?
Written by Brianna Caplan Sayres and illustrated by Christian Slade
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Getting to dreamland has never been more fun with this board book version of the beloved construction bedtime tale. The bedtime rituals of these little diggers and dump trucks will be quite familar to kids saying goodnight. Young readers will surely identify with little fire engines, tractors, and monster trucks as they ask for one more story while their mommy trucks tuck them in, and their daddy trucks sing a goodnight song. Children who can't get enough of trucks and other vehicles will love Brianna Caplan Sayres things-that-go...to sleep books, including companion titles Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night, and Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night?

Tractor Mac Farm Days book
#11
Tractor Mac Farm Days
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

It is fun to see all of the different things one tractor can do on a farm. From preparing the ground for a farm full of food to harvesting the food in the fall.

Tractor Mac wakes up eager to start the day. Plow, plant, scoop, mow--there's always a new chore for him and his animal and vehicle friends to do at the farm. When the day is done, he washes up and goes to bed, excited to see what the next day will bring.

Duck on a Tractor book
#12
Duck on a Tractor
Written and illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pleased with his success in riding a bike, Duck decides to drive the farm tractor, and invites all the other farm animals along for the ride--all the way to town.

Digger, Dozer, Dumper book
#13
Digger, Dozer, Dumper
Written by Hope Vestergaard and illustrated by David Slonim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Each truck and big machine in these enticing rhyming poems is different — and little readers are invited to find a vehicle that’s like them. Sixteen boisterous, rhyming poems — each one highlighting the job and personality of a different vehicle, from a backhoe to an ambulance to a snowplow — invite young children to meet their favorite trucks face-to-face. Cheerful illustrations show each one in action, digging (or dozing, or dumping) away. Engaging visual details like an anxious turtle crossing the street just ahead of a steamroller are sure to keep preschoolers poring over the pages as they consider the question, "Trucks as far as eyes can see. . . . Which truck would you like to be?"

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind book
#14
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Japanese edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. True story of a boy growing up in an improvised, desolate central Africa. The 14 year old William Kamkwamba learned about electrical windmills at a small library, and after weeks of foraging for junk parts, he did the incredible. In Japanese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

  1. A Long Walk to Water - The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

  2. Total Tractor! - Kids who like trucks and tractors will love Total Tractor! a fun, colorful guide to farm machines, tractors, and things that go. Younger readers and even pre-readers have lots to explore in Total Tractor! thanks to detailed photography of a huge variety of tractors: from cool classics to gleaming modern machines. Color images capture all the details of the tractors, and driver's-eye view lets your child peek inside the tractors. Readers and parents can dip into Total Tractor! for a quick view of the material, or flip through the pages of this comprehensive book. With Total Tractor! there's always something new to discover!

  3. Dig! - Peek-a-DIG! Each hardworking construction scene will engage your little one with a pair of lift-a-flaps with peek-a-boo surprises. Talk about how roads, houses, and skyscrapers are built. Look at the machines that help construct them. Inside the flaps, you’ll find fun facts about items in the artwork.

  4. A Very, Very Noisy Tractor - A woman driving a tractor through town lets the noise drown out the comments the adults who see her make about her hair, clothing, and appearance, but does not let it stop her from interacting with a child or her own family.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm book
#19
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
Written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

This book is pretty good. The farm animals get tired of Mrs. Wishy-Washy bathing them in the barn, so they decide to run away to the city. They are disappointed and worried when they find out how different the "barns" are in the city than at the farm, and they're soon put in animal jail. Thankfully, Mrs. Wishy-Washy rescues them and they realize how great their home is. This book is pretty fun, but the animals are a little mean to Mrs. Wishy-Washy.

Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor book
#20
The Rusty, Trusty Tractor
Written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mr. Hill of Hill's Tractor Sales bets Micah's Grandpappy that his rusty old tractor won't make it through another hay season, but Micah learns that Grandpappy's tractor, like an old friend, doesn't let him down.

The Trouble with Tractors book
#21
The Trouble with Tractors
Written by Nicola Baxter and illustrated by Geoff Ball
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Follow the troublesome tractor through its day. An amusing story with repeated vocabulary and bright pictures on every page, the super-size floorbook format means that everybody can read along together.

My Little Book of Tractors book
#22
My Little Book of Tractors
Written and illustrated by Rod Green
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

What is a tractor? How fast can a tractor go? Which tractors work on a building site? My Little Book of Tractors answers all these questions and more. Simple, easy-to-understand text combines with stunning photography to provide an excellent introduction to big trucks. Perfect for reluctant readers, this book will hold the interest of young children and encourage them to find out more about these amazing vehicles.

Little Excavator book
#23
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!

  1. Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here - Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends return in a jacketed hardcover about the seasonal changes of autumn. Fergie the calf does not like change, so when his pleasant routine on Stony Meadow Farm begins to change as summer turns to autumn. Fergie is not happy. Luckily his pals on the farm help him acclimate to, and even embrace, the change of seasons.

  2. Construction Site on Christmas Night - VROOM and ZOOM into the holidays with this new Christmas classic from the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site! The trucks are gearing up for Christmas by building a special gift! But, there's a surprise waiting for each of them, too! Presents await for Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer as each finishes their part of this big, important job and rolls off to a sweet and sleepy goodnight. Playful rhyming text from the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and vibrant illustrations from the acclaimed artist AG Ford make this a perfect gift for construction fans everywhere.

  3. Bulldozer's Shapes - Time for the construction site to SHAPE UP! Little construction fans will love learning their shapes by watching Bulldozer CIRCLE around, clearing away TRIANGLES of dirt until the perfect building spot has been SQUARED away. It's all in a day's work for the trucks of the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site!

  4. Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey - Plane Jane soars over clouds and mountains in this original Tractor Mac board book.

Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm book
#28
Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This new edition to the Tractor Mac series is a board book that teaches children about the different colors of the rainbow. Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends, including Sibley the horse, Pete the pig, and Goat Walter, show kids around Stony Meadow Farm in order to observe the colors of various objects found on the farm.

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep book
#29
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!

Dig, Dig, Digger! book
#30
Dig, Dig, Digger!
Written by and illustrated by Gareth Lucas
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Welcome to the animal construction site! Dig, dig, dig...and dig some more with your favorite animal friends! In Dig, Dig Digger, children will be amused by the hilarious antics of the animals as they build an adventure playground. Young readers will delight in Gareth Lucas's artwork and in finding the sound button on every spread. Each turn of the page will bring humor and fun with hippos, bears, camels, and more on their day at the construction site. 2017 NAPPA Winner

Excavator's 123 book
#31
Excavator's 123
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The construction crew is counting on Excavator, and he won't let them down! Little readers can count along from 1 to 10 as Excavator revs into action on the construction site. Ready? 1, 2, 3 . . . GO!

Tractor Mac Teamwork book
#32
Tractor Mac Teamwork
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

All the vehicles and animals on Stonybrook Farm are enlisted to help build a new swimming hole for their town's residents. It is a big job, but Tractor Mac and his pals are willing to lend a hand. But a tractor named Deke thinks he can do it all by himself--and do it better than everyone else. He soon learns that a complex job is done best when each member of a team does his or her part.

  1. Tractor Mac Builds a Barn - Tractor Mac and friends celebrate autumn festivals in this paperback edition which includes two pages of stickers!

  2. Noisy Tractor Sound Book - There is lots of lift-the-flap fun to be had and four flashing sound buttons to press in Noisy Tractor, a brilliant book for tractor-mad kids. Each spread focuses on a different farm vehicle, with "chug-chug-chugging" and other noises to hear on the press of each button. Lift the flaps and read the simple text to learn about the unique features on each vehicle, and there's a simple matching activity for additional fun. Publishing alongside Noisy Fire Engine.

  3. Backhoe Joe - Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres, and Kate McMullan will be thrilled by this celebrated and endearing picture book about a young boy with a dream of owning the perfect pet. When Nolan finds a stray backhoe in the street, he can't wait to adopt it. But this backhoe is not very well behaved. As Nolan tries to train his new pet truck, he learns that maybe this backhoe already has a home… This delightful story of a boy and his construction vehicle is brought to life with Craig Cameron's vibrant illustrations, making this the perfect addition to every young reader's library.

  4. Dalmatian in a Digger -

I Dig Bathtime book
#37
I Dig Bathtime
Written by Brooke Jorden and illustrated by Ekaterina Ladatiko
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

When the dust has settled and the day is done, Excavator is ready for bathtime. It's so much fun! Trucks dig bathtime! Join Excavator and the other construction trucks as they scrub-a-dub-dub away the dust of the day with a well-earned bath. Adorable yet accurate illustrations will have kids peeking through the bubbles to identify Crane, Backhoe, Bulldozer, and more! You'll dig bathtime too!

Farmer John's Tractor book
#38
Farmer John's Tractor
Written by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Robyn Belton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When the river floods and a family is trapped in their car, will Farmer John's rusty, trusty tractor save the day?

Construction Zoo book
#39
Construction Zoo
Written by Jennifer Thorne and illustrated by Susie Hammer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s a quiet morning at the zoo, until some strange new creatures roll in—trucks and bulldozers and wrecking balls! They’re tumbling, digging, and roaring alongside the animals. Giraffe, rhino, the monkeys, and the tigers watch the new creatures and, soon, are playing with their new friends. It's party time at the Construction Zoo! But…what happens when the construction is over? Will the party be over, too? The clever rhyming text and simple, bold art will appeal to both kids and their parents.

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