Best Kids Books About Trains

15 Kids Books About Trains

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
All Aboard The Discovery Express book
#1
All Aboard The Discovery Express
Written by Tom Adams, Emily Hawkins and illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a professor on the verge of a brilliant discovery has disappeared. Can you help to solve the clues on this time-travelling adventure and track down the missing scientist? On your voyage, you'll travel the world, see some of the most important moments in the history of transportation, meet the most brilliant engineers of all time, and ultimately unveil the design of the world’s first jet engine! ?This interactive lift-flap adventure is sure to spark the imaginations of aspiring scientists and engineers everywhere.

Alphabet Trains book
#2
Alphabet Trains
Written by Samantha R Vamos and illustrated by Ryan O Rourke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

All aboard for a train ride through the alphabet! Whether chug-chug-chugging up a mountainside in an Incline train or zipping at super speed in a Bullet train, trains will get you where you need to be—A to Z! There is a train—some familiar and some unusual—for every letter of the alphabet. Trains are used all over the world for carrying people and cargo from place to place. With a bouncy rhyming text, and clever illustrations full of visual cues, young readers will love learning all about trains.

Trainbots book
#3
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
#4
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!"

Old Penn Station book
#5
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.

Go West! book
#6
Go West!
Written and illustrated by Pascal Blanchet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Hop on board for the journey of a lifetime as you head out west to Los Angeles, stopping in some of North America’s best-loved cities along the way, including New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, and San Francisco. Explore how the railroad shaped the nation’s history and discover some of its most iconic locomotives in this stylishly designed book by Canadian author/illustrator, Pascal Blanchet.

Night Train, Night Train book
#7
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
#8
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!

Around the World in Every Vehicle book
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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!

Choo Choo / Chuu chuu book
#14
Choo Choo / Chuu chuu
Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

What could be more fun than an old-fashioned train ride? Off go the passengers, past the town, into the woods (shhh, shhh), over the bridge (clack, clack), into the tunnel (toot, toot), and back into the sunshine. Where is this train headed? Turn the shaped pages to find out!

The Potty Train book
#15
The Potty Train
Written by Ruth Kennison, David Hochman and illustrated by Derek Anderson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Despite a few bumps, leaks, and spills along the way, the trip overall is a great success as the kids aboard the colorful train take great delight in their potty-training journey to Underpants Station.

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