Best Children's Books About Transportation

46 Children's Books About Transportation

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Steam! Taming the River Monster book
#26
Steam! Taming the River Monster
Written by Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

In 1807, folks living along the Hudson River saw a strange fire-breathing monster churning the waters. The sight of Robert Fulton's Clermont created havoc on the shore and river. One of the on-lookers, a young Brenton Dixon, got a job aboard the steamboat and assisted Fulton and his crew. Brenton continued working on steamboats throughout their great pre-Civil War heyday. One of ten plays in the Setting the Stage for Fluency series.

Snail Mail book
#27
Snail Mail
Written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Julia Patton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A long, long time ago, before email and texting, the mail was delivered in a much slower way-it was called Snail Mail (because some thought it was delivered by a snail). Although it took much longer, everyone agreed that letters were a little more special when they were delivered by Snail Mail. They might be handwritten. They might include a drawing. They might even contain a surprise inside! One such letter was sent by a Girl to the Boy she loved, and it was up to four special snails to deliver her card across the country. The snails trek across the country-through desert heat and dangerous blizzards, across mountains and plains, through cities and forests-and along the way, they find that taking time to slow down and look around makes the journey all the more beautiful. Snail Mail's playful and educational story encourages kids to have slow living, and to approach life with determination and wonder. Julia Patton's rich illustrations showcase America's diverse terrain and national monuments from coast to coast. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America's beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.

Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip book
#28
Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip
Written by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Julia Patton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

One day a fantastic idea pops into Professor McQuark’s head to create an ‘Oojamaflip’ but what is one and will it win her first prize at the town science fair? A fast-paced, rhyming tale superbly written by first-time author Lou Treleaven and illustrated by the talented Julia Patton.

Delivery book
#29
Delivery
Written and illustrated by Aaron Meshon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A grandmother goes to great lengths to send her grandson a care package in this heartwarming and playful picture book. By truck… by train… by boat… by rocket… love can travel any road, ride any track, cross any ocean, and soar through any sky. Award-winning author-illustrator Aaron Meshon’s tender, whimsical, and almost wordless story celebrates love that knows no bounds.

Ready, Set, Sail! book
#30
Ready, Set, Sail!
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Luke Flowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build! Shout your orders loud and fast. "Hoist the mainsail up the mast!" Grab your life vest, hold on to your compass, and get ready for a day full of sailing fun with a playful tiger and turtle! Follow these salty sailors as they raise their anchor, cast off, and explore the sea in their little sloop. And after a long day of sailing, they gather and tell tales of all the things they've seen!

Ready, Set, Build! book
#31
Ready, Set, Build!
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Grab your hard hat and get ready for a day of construction fun with a busy builder and his friend! Grab your hard hat, tie your boots. Pack your lunch. Ready? Scoot! Sketch a dream. Post a chart. Hatch the plan before you start. Get ready for a day full of construction fun! Children can follow a busy dog builder as he sketches and plans his dream, clears rubble to make space, and gets to work digging, lifting, and sawing. He builds a house for himself and his bird friend, and satisfied after a hard day's work, they takes in all they've done and look forward to the next day of building!

Cycle City book
#32
Cycle City
Written and illustrated by Alison Farrell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with prompts and lots to see on every page, this is a sweet story for the sharpest of eyes.

Alphabet Boats book
#33
Alphabet Boats
Written by Samantha R Vamos and illustrated by Ryan O Rourke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Discover twenty-six types of vessels, from the more common — canoe and motorboat — to the unusual — umiak and Q-boat. Just like in Alphabet Trucks and Alphabet Trains, colorful art includes the letters of the alphabet hidden (and not-so-hidden) in supporting roles in the illustrations.

Around the World in Every Vehicle book
#34
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

Backhoe Joe book
#35
Backhoe Joe
Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Craig Cameron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Cars Galore book
#36
Cars Galore
Written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Black car, green car, nice car, mean car. Near car, far car. Whoa! Bizarre car! Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Stein’s bouncing verse, Bob Staake’s high-powered artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all fans of things that go, as well as aficionados of the illustrator’s signature style.

Roadman Boogie book
#37
Roadman Boogie
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Roadman holds the stop-go sign as traffic passes by. He's hot and bored so starts to dance, making people smile. The weather turns quite stormy, the river floods the road. Traffic builds up behind his stop-go sign, what can the Roadman do? Why a giant Roadman Boogie ball! A great story to stomp and dance to.

On My Way to School book
#38
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.

Let's Go, Ted! book
#39
Let's Go, Ted!
Written and illustrated by Sophy Henn
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Ted is a sweet, imaginative toddler, and in Let's Go, Ted!, readers are shown just how far his limitless imagination can take him--and how a simple cardboard box can be anything from a race car to a rocket ship! Featuring big flaps that are ideal for little hands, Let's Go, Ted! allows children to follow Ted's imagination as he transforms a box into a race car, a digger, a submarine, a train, and a zooming rocket ship!

Hello! London book
#40
Hello! London
Written and illustrated by Marion Billet
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Push, pull and slide the London scenes to explore the sights of the busy city. Turn the London Eye, open and close Tower Bridge, even raise the flag at Buckingham Palace! Hello! London is a big, bright board book with easy-to-use mechanisms that are designed for toddlers. The colourful illustrations are packed with detail and things to spot, making it the perfect introduction to London, and a great way to share memories of a first visit. From Marion Billet, the illustrator of the popular Whizzy Wheels series.See also: My First London Bus, My First London Taxi

The London Noisy Tube book
#41
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

Indestructibles: Things That Go! book
#42
Indestructibles: Things That Go!
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Stephan Lomp
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Now babies can learn all about the things that go in a book that's indestructible. With call-out identifications on each spread, Things That Go! is a vibrant introduction to those irresistible vehicles that fly, drive, sail, dig, lift, dump, and more. With almost two million copies in print, Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it--gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor--Indestructibles are the little books that could. They're indestructible. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the wash.

Come and Ride with Us! book
#43
Come and Ride with Us!
Written by Annie Kubler and illustrated by Caroline Formby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pages with flaps take the reader to different countries and show how people get around there.

Big Day Out book
#44
Big Day Out
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Young children's lives are full of new experiences and we all want to make these enjoyable and rewarding. Talking to children helps them to understand and prepare for these events, and this series of books aim to promote discussion.

A Gift from Abuela book
#45
A Gift from Abuela
Written and illustrated by Cecilia Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In her first book for children, Cecilia Ruiz illuminates how things can change -- and the importance of holding on to our dearest relationships when they do. The first time Abuela holds Nina, her heart overflows with tenderness. And as Nina grows up, she and Abuela spend plenty of time together. Abuela can't help thinking how much she'd like to give Nina a very special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week -- a few pesos here, a few pesos there. When the world turns upside down, Abuela's dream of a surprise for Nina seems impossible. Luckily, time spent together -- and the love Abuela and Nina have for each other -- could turn out to be the very best gift of all. With a soft and subtle hand, author-illustrator Cecilia Ruiz draws from her own history to share a deeply personal tale about remembering what's most important when life starts to get in the way.

Motor Miles book
#46
Motor Miles
Written and illustrated by John Burningham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Miles is a difficult dog, until he gets his own car. . . . From picture book master John Burningham comes a delightful new story. Miles does not come when he is called. He does not like going for walks, his food, other dogs, or the rain. What Miles does like is going for drives in the car. So when Mr. Huddy makes Miles a car of his own, Miles becomes a much happier dog. And now he and his friend Norman can go on all sorts of adventures! Inspired by his own dog, Miles, renowned children s book author and illustrator John Burningham (who celebrated his eightieth birthday this year) creates a new picture book offering all the charm and exuberance of his best work."

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