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Tugboats: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about tugboats?

As you can see, this list of kids books about tugboats is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about tugboats, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

Mighty Tug
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & illustrated by David Mottram
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From early in the morning until time to say, “Good night,” Mighty Tug works in the busy harbor, guiding cargo ships, pulling barges, and helping with rescues.

Blue Boat
Written by Kersten Hamilton & illustrated by Valeria Petrone
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With the tremendous success of RED TRUCK in board book format and anticipation around YELLOW COPTER in board to match, we’re thrilled to complete the primary-colored series about vehicles who save the day by bringing BLUE BOAT into board, too! When a family on a sailing outing gets stuck in a surprise storm, there is only one boat tough enough to handle the rocking waves and howling winds: Blue Boat! Now even the youngest readers can cheer on this “rough, tough tugboat.”

Little Tug
Written & illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Little Tug may not be very tall or very fast, but when the big ships in the harbor need help, they know they can count on him to be there with a push, a pull, and a ride to safety. But what happens when Little Tug gets tired?

This simple, endearing book with a charming retro feel and an emotional punch is the first book for Roaring Brook Press by the acclaimed author of Polar Bear Night (New York Times Best Illustrated book) and Where’s Walrus?

Scuffy the Tugboat
Written by Gertrude Crampton & illustrated by Tibor Gergely
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

One of the most beloved children’s stories ever—the classic Little Golden Book tale of Scuffy, an adventurous little tugboat.

Meant for “bigger things,” Scuffy the Tugboat leaves the man with the polka-dot tie and his little boy and sets off to explore the world. But on his daring adventure down the river, Scuffy realizes that home is where he’d rather be, sailing in his bathtub. Generations of parents and children have cherished this classic Little Golden Book, originally published in 1946.

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