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Trains: Board Books For Kids

Choo choo! The iconic train is a classic vehicle, so there's no wonder there are so many fabulous books with trains at their center. From old classics like "The Little Engine That Could" and "The Caboose That Got Loose" to new classics like "Steam Train, Dream Train" on to some hidden gems like "Choo-Choo Colors" and "Alphabet Trains"... this list has them all. So "All Aboard!" You're about to be swept away on a host of train adventures.

Steam Train, Dream Train book
#1
Steam Train, Dream Train
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

This book is really everything I needed in a board book. Its rhyming text flows well and is fun to read, and there are never too many words on a single page. It contains loads of things that are interesting to toddlers and easy to talk about, from trains and race cars to animals and toys. All of these elements combine to form a board book that is a great way to fill time while waiting in line, running errands, or keeping a little one quiet.

An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, and kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee). Dreamy illustrations and gentle rhyming text make this a beloved bedtime favorite for budding train enthusiasts everywhere.

Choo-Choo Colors book
#2
Choo-Choo Colors
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Lift-the-flap books are always a hit, but I love that this one focuses on colors but incorporates a train! You get to open up each train car to see what's inside and learn all of the colors of the rainbow. :)

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.

Train! book
#3
Train!
Written and illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The perfect book for any child that likes trains. :) Little elephant loves his trains but makes new friends who like planes, diggers, and cars. The illustrations are darling and colorful, and there are a lot of fun animals to point out in this book.

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.

Trains Go book
#4
Trains Go
Written and illustrated by Steve Light
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

"The big steam train goes, CHUGGA chugga chugga CHUGGA chugga chugga CHOO CHOOOOOOO!" The diesel train goes, "zooosh zooosh ZOOOOOOOOSH ding ding ding!" The American goes, "clang clang clang TOOT TOOT!" All aboard! Take a trip on eight noisy trains as they huff, puff, and toot-toot their way through this lively board book! Perfect for the young train enthusiast.

The Little Engine That Could book
#5
The Little Engine That Could
Written by Watty Piper and illustrated by Doris Hauman, George Hauman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I think it's safe to say that almost everyone loves this classic book with a can-do message for littles and adults! I love that the little engine shows perseverance, even when things are hard, and believing in yourself. It's such a great example of having a positive attitude, and that we are in charge of our thoughts and choose what we feel. :)

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.

  1. Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night? - "Imagines the bedtime rituals of different types of trains"--

  2. Art Barn (Noah's Park) - 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.

  3. The Goodnight Train - A child's bedtime ritual follows the imaginary journey of the Goodnight Train's trip to the dreamland station. On board pages.

  4. First Baby Days: On the Move - 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.

The Goodnight Train Rolls On! (Board Book) book
#10
The Goodnight Train Rolls On! (Board Book)
Written by June Sobel and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

All aboard! This colorful companion to The Goodnight Train is leaving the station, with new nighttime hi-jinks and all the rhyme and rhythm that made the first book a bedtime read-aloud favorite. When a herd of poky sheep slows the Goodnight Train to a crawl, the Engineer’s quick thinking (and counting!) has them rolling along in no time—until one tricky sheep sends the train and its sleepy passengers tossing and turning! The clickety-clack cadence of the poetic text is sure to lull listeners to sleep, but not before they take in the candy-colored landscapes full of delightful Dreamland details to discover. All aboard!

Trains book
#11
Trains
Written and illustrated by Byron Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Byron Barton introduces young readers to the excitement of trains in this bold and colorful book. All aboard as the train journeys through a town, past workers repairing a rail and into the station.

Freight Train book
#12
Freight Train
Written and illustrated by Donald Crews
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train. In simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations, Donald Crews evokes the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train. This board book features sturdy pages and is just the right size for little hands. This Calecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train. Donald Crews used childhood memories of trains seen during his travels to his grandparents' farm in the American South as the inspiration for this timeless favorite.

Things That Go book
#13
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!

All Aboard! book
#14
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.

  1. Trains - Passenger and freight trains are useful, and fun to watch.

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