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12 Transportation books for children

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

My First Airplane Ride was written by Patricia Hubbell and illustrated by Nancy Speir. This story follows a young child and his parents as they head to the airport to take a plane trip to visit his grandmother.

Planes was written and illustrated by Byron Barton. This board book introduces children to planes and airport with bright illustrations of planes.

Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night? was written by Brianna Caplan Sayres and illustrated by Christian Slade. After a day of flying through the skies, how do planes go to sleep? This has a familiar bedtime routine to it.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Kids will love this laugh-out-loud picture book about the demanding and adorable pigeon.

I Love Trucks! was written by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Shari Halpern. In this story book, kids can explore large trucks and the people who drive them.

The Little Train was written by Lois Lenski. Meet Mr. Small, the engineer who does it all.  Come take a ride as you go through tunnels and over bridges with Mr. Small in this story book.

Trains was written and illustrated by Byron Barton. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, children will learn about a variety of trains and what they do.

Tip Tip Dig Dig was written by Emma Garcia. This is a very simple book your toddler could get very attached to, and the text is so simple that a preschooler can learn to read it. “With the digger we can DIG DIG DIG. With the crane we can LIFT LIFT LIFT.” A beautiful little book.

This book is well suited for toddlers, who will love how the little boy pretends to be different construction equipment as he plays.  Preschoolers will like guessing what vehicle the little boy is before you turn the page. A gem of a book!

Wheels on the Bus was written by Raffi and illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom. You can get many different versions of this classic children’s song, but this is the one love. We enjoy the European-style illustrations and the familiar song.  I recommend this one for babies and toddlers, but your preschooler might still like it.

Boat Book was written by Gail Gibbons. It’s one of Gibbons’ simpler books, with just a phrase or a couple sentences per page.  It was a quick read, but we learned quite a few things along the way.

Row Row Row Your Boat was written by Iza Trapani. This book is based on a classic song with added verses and vibrant illustrations. Go on adventure with this adorable family of bumbling bears.

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