Transportation Books for Little Travelers

Transportation Books

Is your child enamored by planes, trains and other things that go? My daughter loves to point out all of the cars, trucks and planes that she sees. If she hears one while we are inside, she runs to the windows to figure out what it is. The loud noises, the bright colors and the shiny metal all combine to make machines very interesting for small children. There are so many great transportation books out there to complement this love of vehicles and machines. In addition, if you are preparing to travel with your family, reading a book about your mode of transportation can also be very helpful! Check out this list of transportation books to get you started.

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Cars and Trucks

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen is a funny book about a little boy named Jack who designs his ultimate car. He uses parts of different vehicles to create a fantastical car with fancy amenities only a kid could dream up. Kids will love the elaborate design of Jack’s fantasy car, and may be inspired to invent their own! The story is told in a swift rhyming pattern and is accompanied by bright, retro-styled illustrations.


Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry is a modern classic which introduces kids to a little blue truck named Blue. Blue drives along saying hello to all the animals he passes. The big dump truck is too busy to make any friends, but when he gets stuck in the mud, who will help? This is a great story on kindness and friendship which is full of fun noises from the animals and trucks. The illustrations are fun and colorful, while the story is told in a peppy rhyme. There are many additional stories with this friendly truck as well.

Planes and Trains

Amazing Airplanes (Amazing Machines) by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Ant Parker is a great introduction to planes and flying for kids. From the check in at the gate to the control tower helping the plane to land, this book introduces young readers to all the parts of a plane trip. The book also includes a diagram which points out the parts of a plane. The bright illustrations and the cute animal characters will entertain young readers. This would be a great book to read to kids before going on a plane ride. Tony Mitton has also written similar books about helicopters, trains, boats, and more.

Steam Train, Dream Train written by Sherry Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld follows a crew of animals as they load up the dream train with cargo. As the crew loads the train cars with fun cargo like race cars and ice cream, young readers will learn the names of the different train cars. The illustrations are beautiful and fun, and kids will love the animal crew. The gentle rhyme scheme gives the book a nice flow and makes this a great read for bedtime.

Boats and Machines

Busy Boats (Amazing Machines) was written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Ant Parker. This book provides young readers with an introduction to a wide variety of boat types. The story is told through a lively rhyme scheme and accompanied by vibrant and colorful illustrations. The book also delves into boat parts, as well as necessary equipment including oars and life jackets. This is a great way to teach kids about various boats in a fun way.

Big Board First 100 Machines by Roger Priddy is a visual guide which gives kids an opportunity to learn the names of a wide variety of vehicles and machines. The large, full color photographs of these vehicles are clearly labeled, so kids can learn to tell the difference between various styles of cars, trucks, construction vehicles and more. Roger Priddy’s First 100 Words is one of my daughter’s all time favorite books, and this is the same style. From a very early age, his books can entertain babies and toddlers with the large and bright photos, as well as teaching them vocabulary. He also offers First 100 Trucks, My Big Truck Book , and My Big Train Book as well. The board book versions of these books can withstand a lot, making them a great introduction to vehicles for little hands.

Encourage kids to pursue their interests!

There are so many great books available to teach your kids about different transportation vehicles. If your child shows an interest in vehicles and machines, these can be a great way to encourage their interests. You can also share these books with kids while preparing them for any traveling you plan to do. Do you have any favorite transportation books in your family? Share in the comments below!


  • Tabitha Blue

    June 26, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply

    Oh! Great list! We love book and we love travel, what a great way to mix them together. 🙂

    • Vicki

      June 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope you find some new favorites on here!

  • Erin

    June 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm Reply

    This is a great list of transportation books! My boys both love the Little Blue Truck books. 🙂

    • Vicki

      June 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

      They’re so cute!

  • RM

    June 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm Reply

    These look so adorable to read to my little boy!

    • Vicki

      June 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • Mary Barham

    June 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Little Blue Truck is our favorite book!!! We read it every night and use little animals and trucks to role play!

    • Vicki

      June 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! My daughter loves making animal noises.

  • roxy

    June 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply

    what a great collection! thanks for sharing!

  • Corinne

    June 27, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply

    This would be a great list for both my youngest son and my nephew! 🙂 thanks for putting it together.

    • Vicki

      June 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you find some new favorites!

  • Meredith

    June 27, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply

    Omg. My daughter LOVES Little Blue Truck!!!! I love reading it in like a sing-song-y voice haha!

    • Vicki

      June 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      It is such a cute one!

  • Clair

    June 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Great list! My son loves all things transportation..we have the Little Blue Truck! One of his favorites 😊 Need to look into adding these others to our little library

    • Vicki

      June 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! My daughter loves all watching all things that go!

  • Leila

    June 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    My daughter would love those books specially Amazing Airplanes!

    • Vicki

      June 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

      I hope she likes them! They are really cute ones!

  • Rachel

    June 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    These are such great books! I love them. My son would really love all of these!

    • Vicki

      June 27, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

      I hope he does!

  • Shannon Cairns

    June 28, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply

    We are going on a road trip this weekend, and i’m in need of new entertainment! Thank you for these recommendations! We don’t have any of these books yet. 🙂

    • Vicki

      June 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

      I hope these are helpful!

  • Farrah Lynn Albertie

    June 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply

    This is an awesome list! My nephew would love these.

    • Vicki

      June 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope he enjoys them!

  • Chelsea

    June 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply

    I am so excited about these suggestions and cannot wait to get my kiddo’s hands on them! My son loves all things that go!

    • Vicki

      June 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! My daughter loves learning about all kids of machines and vehicles too.

  • Amanda | My Own Unexpected Journey

    June 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm Reply

    My kids love “The Little Blue Truck”! Such a fun one.

  • Alexandra

    June 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Love this list! My son is OBSESSED with cars- Little Blue Truck is his absolute favorite book!!

    • Vicki

      June 28, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply

      It is such a cute one!

  • Rachel

    June 28, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Such a great list! We already have a couple of these!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove

    June 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply

    What a fun collection of transportation themed books! We don’t have most of these yet!

    • Vicki

      June 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy checking out the new ones!

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