Best Children's Books About Trains

34 Children's Books About Trains

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Choo-Choo Colors book
#1
Choo-Choo Colors
Written by Kathy Ireland and illustrated by Kate Stone, Kathy Ireland
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The Little Engine That Could book
#2
The Little Engine That Could
Written by Watty Piper and illustrated by Doris Hauman, George Hauman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A classic story now in a lap-book format has been slightly abridged and features the famous illustrations from the original edition that will keep toddlers cheering on the little blue engine as she continues chugging along.

Train! book
#3
Train!
Written and illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself.

Choo-Choo Colors book
#4
Choo-Choo Colors
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Every car on this train is carrying special cargo. Can you guess what is in the blue car? There are kittens in the orange car. What other things might ride in the orange car? This book gives kids a fun way to test their color recognition and association.

Art Barn (Noah's Park) book
#5
Art Barn (Noah's Park)
Written and illustrated by Sam Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Welcome to Noah’s Park! From celebrated author and illustrator Sam Williams comes a brand-new board book series for preschoolers about a group of cute, cuddly critters who meet each day for a new adventure. In this first book, it’s time to paint at the Art Barn! A sweet board book series with irresistible art, this book is perfect for preschoolers looking to see their own first experiences mirrored with these new friends.

Freight Train Trip! book
#6
Freight Train Trip!
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Ana Martín Larrañaga
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The freight train’s pulling from the yard. The locomotive’s working hard. “Safe trip!” calls the station master. Chugga chugga, the train rolls faster. Susanna Leonard Hill's rhythmic text and Ana Martin Larranaga's simple but enticing art will take young readers on an adventurous freight train trip! Kids can lift the10 flaps throughout the book to make their reading experience more fun! This interactive book that's shaped like a freight train is perfect for young children who are going on a train for the first--or the one-hundredth--time!

The London Noisy Tube book
#7
The London Noisy Tube
Written and illustrated by Marion Billet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A tube train shaped board book with a sound button with a real mind the gap message.Young children will love to press the sound button and hear an authentic mind the gap message as they journey through the sights of London by tube.Visit Madam Tussauds and Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street, the Natural History and Science Museums at South Kensington and the bustling theatres at Leicester Square. With funny characters and a 'spot Shakespeare' feature, there is masses of detail and plenty to talk about on every page of The Noisy London Tube. With bright, bold and beautiful illustrations by Marion Billet, this promises to be lots of fun for train-mad toddlers on the move!London titles to collect: My First London Bus, My First London Taxi, Hello! London, My First London Sticker Book, The London Noisy Book, My Big London Play Set

Good Night Children's Museum book
#8
Good Night Children's Museum
Written by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble and illustrated by Joe Veno, Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Overview Good Night Children's Museum by Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper, Joe Veno Good Night Children’s Museum explores dinosaur exhibits, space and astronaut exhibits, pretend supermarkets, giant playhouses, choo-choo trains, carousels, play theaters, playgrounds, sand boxes, science exhibits, archaeological digs, giant checkerboards, and more. What could more fun for a child than a trip to the children’s museum? This adorable board book has kids of all ages squealing with delight as they discover their favorite museum activities and exhibits. Play hard! This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes.

Little Engine That Could book
#9
Little Engine That Could
Written by Watty Piper and illustrated by Doris Hauman, George Hauman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The classic story in a board book format One of the true classics in children’s books is now available in a sturdy board book edition perfect for little hands! The story has been slightly abridged and features the famous illustrations from the original Hauman edition. Now toddlers can cheer on the little blue engine and that “can-do” attitude that keeps her chugging along!

Play! Play! Play! book
#10
Play! Play! Play!
Written by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Christiane Engel
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

It's time to play! play! play! in this delightful board book! Let's go out and play! play! play! We'll have fun all day! day! day! This group of friends is ready for a fun-filled day! They have a race to see who wins first place, fly a plane, ride a train, play hide-and-seek, and much more. The rhyming text makes this the perfect readalong story!

First Baby Days: On the Move book
#11
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.

Trainbots book
#12
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!

You Can! Words of Wisdom From The Little Engine That Could book
#13
You Can! Words of Wisdom From The Little Engine That Could
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth, Charlie Hart, Watty Piper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The classic character that has inspired generations of children to believe in themselves will now inspire readers of every age in this book filled with encouraging words of wisdom. Everybody needs a little downtime for maintenance. There will always be obstacles you don't anticipate. Wake up ready for an adventure. The Little Engine That Could is one of the most popular and enduring children's stories of all time, and for more than eighty-five years, this classic character has encouraged readers to try their hardest to achieve their dreams. This story of determination and inspiration has now been reimagined in a charming, illustrated gift book that will speak to readers no matter what the age and no matter what the challenge. This is the perfect gift for graduation, and for everyone who may need to be reminded, "You Can!"

Things That Go book
#14
Things That Go
Written by Matthew Morgan and illustrated by Olivier Tallec
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Slide and See: Things That Go is part of a wonderful new board book series that include surprising scene changes on the cover and each spread. With the use of easy-to-pull page extenders, a picture of a single digger in the city becomes part of a bustling construction team... A picture of a single pane flying in a clear sky becomes a scene in which lots of planes are soaring and loop-the-looping in a fantastic display. Told in gentle rhyme that makes the most of wonderful illustrations by Olivier Latyk, each spread offers wonder and delight; the perfect board book series for small hands and big imaginations!

The Train to Impossible Places book
#15
The Train to Impossible Places
Written by P G Bell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.Suzy Smith believes in science. Then the Impossible Postal Express comes roaring through her living room and her world turns upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train,and faced with her first delivery—to the evil Lady Crepuscula. Then, the package itself begs Suzy not to deliver him. A talking snow globe, Frederick has information Crepuscula could use to take over the entire Union of Impossible Places.But when protecting Frederick means putting her friends in danger, Suzy has to make a difficult choice—with the fate of the entire Union at stake

Old Penn Station book
#16
Old Penn Station
Written and illustrated by William Low
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

An illustrated account of the construction, history, and demolition of one of the most famous railroad stations in America-- New York City's Penn Station.

All Aboard! book
#17
All Aboard!
Written and illustrated by Andrew Kolb
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Folding out car by car, this accordion-style book takes readers on a tour of what’s inside a train. Each car has something to find—things that make loud noises, things in different shapes—and along the way, a little child searches for his missing hat. The back of the book is a running landscape dotted with objects for children to find and count. All Aboard! Let’s Ride a Train is a fun, interactive ride from beginning to end.

Night Train, Night Train book
#18
Night Train, Night Train
Written and illustrated by Robert Burleigh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Told in rhyming text, a train speeds through the night, revealing the sights and colors along the way to its young and sleepy riders.

The Littlest Train book
#19
The Littlest Train
Written and illustrated by Chris Gall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this endearing story of a tiny toy train, the creator of the hit series Dinotrux now breathes life into more than a half-dozen trains that climb, haul, chug, zip, and zoom. In a small room, down a short flight of stairs, there lives a little toy train...about to have a BIG adventure! There's an endless world to explore, and awe-inspiring new friends to meet. Mighty Max, Chloe Cogs, Sara Speedster, and Farley Freighter can reach all the best sights, lickety-split. But when the day is done and the sun goes down, will the littlest train find his way home? Calling all train lovers: All aboard!

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo book
#20
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
Written and illustrated by Emma Garcia
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

A little red train goes on a trip from the seaside to the forest, the city, the farm, and finally the station for a rest, where it is visited by a bunch of noisy birds.

Around the World in Every Vehicle book
#21
Around the World in Every Vehicle
Written by Amber Stewart and illustrated by Duncan Beedie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Join the Van Go family as they set out in their little blue camper van on a globetrotting adventure. Join them as they take in the sights on a red bus in London, watch them hail a yellow cab in New York and help them navigate the twisty turns of the Paris metro. Around the World in Every Vehicle is an adventure story perfect for little fans of everything that goes 'vroom'! Follow the Van Gos as they travel in different vehicles throughout their trip and find out how popular modes of transport look in different cities and countries around the world

Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition book
#22
Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A beautiful edition, including downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, to celebrate 30 years of the magical, timeless story about a little boy's train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Clackety Track book
#23
Clackety Track
Written by Skila Brown and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Queue up for a whistle-stop tour of trains of all kinds, narrated in lively verse and featuring dynamic retro artwork. Rows of grooves, cables, and bars. Graffiti rockin' out the cars. A badge of rust. A proud oil stain. There's nothin' plain about a train. Trains of all shapes and sizes are coming down the track -- bullet train, sleeper train, underground train, zoo train, and more. All aboard! Skila Brown's first-class poems, as varied as the trains themselves, reflect the excitement of train travel, while Jamey Christoph's vintage-style illustrations provide a wealth of authentic detail to pore over.

On My Way to School book
#24
On My Way to School
Written by Mark Andrew Weakland and illustrated by Rea Zhai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

How do I get to school? While lots of students hop on a bus, On My Way to School explores some alternative methods used by kids around the world, including trains, subways, bikes, and boats. It's a transportation treat for young readers, narrated in 1st-person by a fellow student and accompanied by bright, full-color illustrations.

Adi's Perfect Patterns and Loops book
#25
Adi's Perfect Patterns and Loops
Written by Caroline Karanja and illustrated by Ben William Whitehouse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Best friends Adi and Gabi love to play with Adi's toy train. Round and round it goes-choo choo! Watching it loop the track gives the girls an idea. These scientific thinkers use their computer coding knowledge to put the train to work!

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