Best Kids Books About Transportation

28 Kids Books About Transportation

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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

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.

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.

The Patchwork Bike book
#3
The Patchwork Bike
Written by Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

When you live in a village at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe Mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a license plate from bark if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for whooping and laughing as you bumpetty bump over sand hills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.

Motor Miles book
#4
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."

Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever book
#5
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever
Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Welcome to Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever! Featuring everything from an airport to a grocery store, this fun-filled book has hundreds of objects clearly labeled so that little readers can expand their vocabularies. In print for fifty years, this classic book has sold over 5 million copies around the world and brought billions of new words to little ones across the globe. Learning has never been more fun!

Let's Go! book
#6
Let's Go!
Written and illustrated by Sarah Williamson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Beep, beep! Let’s go! Colors and sounds collide as Tuski the elephant gets ready for adventure. And there’s no limit to what Tuski’s red taxi can pick up along the way. From friends like a blue bird, an every-colored fish, and a trail of ladybugs, to objects big and small, like a lemon and a pea, peaches, and pancakes, Tuski’s taxi takes them all! But as they venture up the hill, Tuski’s packed taxi might just take a tumble.

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk book
#7
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk
Written by Surishtha Sehgal, Kabir Sehgal and illustrated by Jess Golden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This picture book brings an international twist to the beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy three-wheeled taxi in India! Anything can happen as the tuk tuk rolls through town—from an elephant encounter to a tasty treat to a grand fireworks display. And in the midst of all the action, one thing’s for sure: passengers young and old love every minute of their exciting ride as the wheels of the tuk tuk go round and round!

The Little Pig, the Bicycle, and the Moon book
#8
The Little Pig, the Bicycle, and the Moon
Written by Pierrette Dube and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rosie the little pig is determined to learn how to ride a bike and see the world—no matter how many times she has to pick herself up and start over—in this whimsical story about following your dreams and never giving up. Rosie is a little pig who has everything she needs right on the farm: a mud bath to play in, plenty of food to eat, and a deliciously smelly pigpen. But then she sees a small, ugly animal with two feet and no tail riding a bicycle and she thinks “That’s easy. I could ride a bike too.” It is only when she sneaks out at night to try to ride the bike herself that Rosie realizes it’s not as easy as it looks. First you have to learn to pedal…but you also need to know how to balance, and braking is very important, too. Every night, watched over by her friend the moon, she tries again and again, and after each failure, she learns something new: to give a push, to wear a helmet, to ask a friend for help. And so every night she tries again, because she knows that if she could just learn how to ride a bike, why, she could travel to the other side of the world…or maybe even farther.

Our Car book
#9
Our Car
Written by J. M. Brum and illustrated by Jan Bajtlik
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

This unique picture book for the youngest of car lovers celebrates driving, family, and imagination in a vibrant and simple tale with surprising heart. Full color.

Map Your Way book
#10
Map Your Way
Written and illustrated by Paul Boston
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Choose your mode of transport and set off on an adventure that will take you all the way across the city. Can you navigate huge roundabouts with sleeping sea dragons, or cross bridges guarded by gorillas? Negotiate pesky road obstructions by solving the math problems correctly. Pick up hidden objects, collect bonus points, and use your mapping skills to zoom backward and forward through the book. Incredibly busy and colorful artwork will delight young children, and once they reach their objective, readers can absorb themselves in all sorts of bonus math activities.

Go West! book
#11
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.

The Wheels on the…Uh-Oh! book
#12
The Wheels on the…Uh-Oh!
Written by Sue Tarsky and illustrated by Alex Willmore
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This bus is in trouble—it won't be going through the town without a good mechanic! Can everyone work together to get the bus moving again? A new version of the perennial children's song is just as lively and fun as the original, while celebrating community and cooperation. Children will love the action, antics, appealing animal characters, and the very unexpected beginning to this rollicking romp.

Nimoshom and His Bus book
#13
Nimoshom and His Bus
Written by Penny M Thomas and illustrated by Karen Hibbard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. Children riding the school bus learn from their driver, Nimoshom (“my grandfather”), who speaks to them in their own language—Cree. Nimoshom and His Bus is a welcoming, simple story with inviting illustrations

Steam! Taming the River Monster book
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
#21
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
#22
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
#23
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
#24
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
#25
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.

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