Best Kids Books About Vehicles

57 Kids Books About Vehicles

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Little Excavator book
#1
Little Excavator
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Llama Llama books comes a new character ready to dig his way into your heart! Here come the BIG RIGS rolling down the street. Thumpa-thumpa bumpa-bumpa BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! There’s Loader and Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane. They’re ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. And who wants to help most of all? Little Excavator! But are there any jobs for someone so small? Anna Dewdney’s signature rhyming text and inviting illustrations make this a perfect read aloud for for fans of things that go!

Otis and the Puppy book
#2
Otis and the Puppy
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek. From the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, Of Thee I Sing, and Otis.

Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey book
#3
Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Plane Jane soars over clouds and mountains in this original Tractor Mac board book.

Otis and the Kittens book
#4
Otis and the Kittens
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, it hasn’t rained in a long time and farmers all over the valley have grown anxious with water in such short supply. One hot afternoon, when Otis and his friends are resting beneath the shade of the apple tree, Otis spots something moving down in the valley—an orange tabby cat headed straight for the old barn. But then Otis sees something else that causes his engine to sputter . . . a swirl of smoke coming from the same barn. A fire! As Otis races toward the fire with his friends in tow, he spots the tabby cat mewing in alarm. Otis rushes inside to discover the source of the cat’s worries–her little kittens are perched up on the hayloft, scared. Otis never hesitates. Yet even after he delivers a tractor full of kittens safely outside, their mama remains upset. Re-entering the burning barn, Otis discovers why: one tiny kitten, still too scared to move. With a friendly chuff, Otis coaxes her down and she scampers out the door. That’s when the floor collapses with a CRASH, trapping the tractor. Now Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends. Told with a sense of play and devotion, this is a heartwarming tale that reminds readers that sometimes even those who we count on to help us need a little help themselves. From the creator of Otis, Otis and the Puppy, and the illustrator of The Little Engine That Could and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

Otis book
#5
Otis
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Meet Otis, everyone’s favorite tractor, created by the bestselling illustrator of Love by Matt de la Pena and The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children’s classic. Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond. But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day. In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

Drive book
#6
Drive
Written and illustrated by Nathan Clement
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With vibrant double-page spreads featuring a big rig at work on the road and minimal text explaining what the driver, Dad, does along the way, the audience rides along with the big red truck from morning until day’s end, when father and son are together again.

Ready, Set, Go! book
#7
Ready, Set, Go!
Written and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

This series of board books has been designed specifically with toddlers in mind. Each story has been created to attract the attention of even the youngest reader and, with fun illustrations throughout, children will be enchanted by these simple, cheerful tales. Where are all these funny animals going to go? The characters in this book are driving weird and wonderful vehicles as they chase each other through the pages. Children will delight in this tale's conclusion as they discover all the animals have joined together for a special occasion: the marriage of a pair of badgers.

Back to the Future book
#8
Back to the Future
Written by and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Great Scott!! The latest in Quirk's series of Pop Classic Picture Books (following HOME ALONE, THE X-FILES, and E.T.) takes readers on a wild time-traveling trip BACK TO THE FUTURE! The biggest movie of 1985 is now the wildest and wackiest picture book of 2018! Even 30 years after its theatrical debut, BACK TO THE FUTURE is a perennial favorite in classrooms and family movie nights across the country. This picture book by Kim Smith captures all the classic moments of the film. We'll follow teenage Marty McFly as he travels from 1985 to 1955, meets his parents (as teenagers), and teaches his father how to stand up to bullies. Complete with a time-traveling DeLorean, a crazy mad scientist companion, and a lightning-fueled finale!

Dog on a Digger book
#9
Dog on a Digger
Written and illustrated by Kate Prendergast
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Dog likes to ride along while his human companion works the big excavator at the construction site. But today, when they stop at the snack bar for something to eat, Dog’s little puppy friend goes missing. Luckily, Dog has a brave and ingenious idea for coming to the rescue — with the help of the excavator, of course! Incorporating bright yellow accents, Kate Prendergast’s wonderfully detailed pencil drawings tell a satisfying story of a loyal, resourceful, and clever pup. Two perennial favorites — canines and heavy machinery — come together in a charming wordless book sure to please readers of all ages.

The Frightful Ride of Michael Mcmichael book
#10
The Frightful Ride of Michael Mcmichael
Written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bonny Becker and Mark Fearing join forces for a deliciously spooky story -- with a twist ending that'll leave readers hungry for more. When the Thirteen bus pulls up one dreary, stormy evening, something about it doesn't seem quite right. The driver grins down with a mouthful of long, white teeth, and there's barely any room to sit, but Michael McMichael is bringing his gran something very dear, so he gets on board despite his misgivings. But as they travel on and the rest of the passengers get off, Michael realizes there's nothing normal about this bus -- and the driver is getting creepier by the minute. Best-selling author Bonny Becker's cleverly rhyming text will chill and thrill readers alongside Mark Fearing's wonderfully funny illustrations, making this book perfect for Halloween story times -- and lovers of things that go bump in the night.

Wake Up, City! book
#11
Wake Up, City!
Written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Laure Fournier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this beautifully illustrated picture book, one little girl and her father are on their way to school as the whole city wakes up around them! The gumdrop sun rises high in the cotton candy sky. A woman stretches. She starts to run. The city morning has begun! The city is still fast asleep when a young girl and her father leave the house. But slowly, little by little, light starts to creep up over the buildings, and the city starts to wake up. As they walk through the drowsy streets, a woman begins her morning jog, street sweepers clean up the roads, stores begin to open, and food deliveries are made to stores and restaurants. Join these two on their morning walk to school through the city in this beautifully illustrated picture book.

Mighty Tug book
#12
Mighty Tug
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and 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.

It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! book
#13
It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus!
Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Claire Messer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Today is the very first day of school! Busy Bus is excited, but he also has some first-day jitters. Will the children like him? Will he be homesick? What if he gets lost?! Luckily, bus driver Ben knows just what to do to make sure that the school year gets off to a great start.

Adventures to School book
#14
Adventures to School
Written by Baptiste Paul, Miranda Paul and illustrated by Isabel Muñoz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Kids around the world get to school in unique ways. Take a peek inside this book and see how they reach their destinations! Children all around the world go to school. Whether they're from Japan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, or the United States, all students have the desire to learn about the world and shape the future. In Bhutan, children walk for three hours to make it to school, and in Pakistan, children travel by rickshaw. Some children in China must climb a heaven ladder, while children in Nepal must walk over a wire bridge. The treks of these students are unique, extraordinary, and even dangerous, and they signify the common determination, perseverance, and sense of adventure shared by young people around the world. Read along as students from thirteen different nations embark on their journeys to get to school in the morning, and learn about the diverse landscapes and cultures of these countries along the way!

Otis's Busy Day book
#15
Otis's Busy Day
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Featuring the New York Times bestselling character Otis! Otis is a very busy tractor. He loves working on the farm and playing with his friends. But at the end of a long day, Otis is happy to go home and rest! This is the perfect complement to the Otis picture books and a great book with which to learn to read! Join Otis and his farmyard friends for all kinds of fun in this new leveled reader. Excerpt: Otis jumps. Otis zips. Look, a friend!

The Little School Bus book
#16
The Little School Bus
Written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A happy little school bus and Driver Bob wake up early to pick up children, drop them off at school, then head to the garage for some minor repairs.

Tractor Mac School Day book
#17
Tractor Mac School Day
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This story about learning to try and try again is perfect for back to school! Tractor Mac is now in a new format: jacketed hardcover at a larger trim size.

Tractor Mac Builds a Barn book
#18
Tractor Mac Builds a Barn
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tractor Mac and friends celebrate autumn festivals in this paperback edition which includes two pages of stickers!

Tractor Mac Worth the Wait book
#19
Tractor Mac Worth the Wait
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tractor Mac: Worth the Wait stars the lovable pigs, Pete and Paul, as they learn the importance of patience when they try (unsuccessfully) to speed along the growth of Farmer Bill's prize watermelons.

Tractor Mac Harvest Time book
#20
Tractor Mac Harvest Time
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When the nights start to get cooler and the corn is ready for picking, it's time for autumn fun at the farm! Tractor Mac loves the fall, but he's just too big for the orchard, where he is stuck harvesting apples that Farmer Bill will make into delicious treats. Across the road, Small Fred the tractor is busy with the Pumpkin Picking Festival, but he's just too small to pull all of the people who want to go on a hayride. Working together, Tractor Mac and Small Fred figure out a way to share their chores and share the fun.

Tractor Mac New Friend book
#21
Tractor Mac New Friend
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When a new red tractor named Daisy joins the team at Stony Meadow Farm, she has trouble adjusting to all of the different chores that must be done. She realizes that she has much to learn. Can she do all of the work on her own? Luckily, Tractor Mac and his friends chop, pull, haul, and drag alongside Daisy until she gets the hang of it. With the help of everyone on the farm, Daisy thinks she will fit right in!

Tractor Mac Countdown to Christmas book
#22
Tractor Mac Countdown to Christmas
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Every year, the whole town looks forward to the Christmas tree lighting, but this year, a blizzard has struck. The snow starts to fall more and more heavily, and soon, Tractor Mac and his pals are snowed in at the barn. Farmer Bill and Sibley the horse are supposed to be on their way to the center of town with the tree, but when they get stuck in the blizzard and it looks like the ceremony will have to be called off, Tractor Mac saves them and the whole holiday celebration.

Tractor Mac Farmers' Market book
#23
Tractor Mac Farmers' Market
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tractor Mac and his friends find out that fresh, locally grown food is good food; the Tractor Mac series is perfect for fans of Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. Now in paperback with two colorful sticker sheets!

Tractor Mac Parade's Best book
#24
Tractor Mac Parade's Best
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

There are so many great floats at the town parade: the Young Farmers' Club, the Sports Team, the Outdoor Club. Tractor Mac can't wait to see which one he gets to pull. Then he finds out that his friends have been asked to pull all of the floats he wanted, and all that is left is the Mrs. J.'s Petals and Posies, Ribbons and Roses float. Tractor Mac's friends laugh and say that he will be the cutest float in the parade. But when Tractor Mac sees a picture of Mrs. J. as a little girl on a red tractor that looks just like him, he realizes that together, they really will be the parade's best float.

Otis and the Tornado book
#25
Otis and the Tornado
Written and illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer’s day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it’s a tornado! Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.

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