Preschoolers are all about their car and truck play. From rolling the trains on the tracks to the Hot Wheels cars on the street map. They are obsessed with trains, boats, motorcycles and more. Capture that fascination with these transportation books for preschoolers.
Transportation Books for Preschoolers
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Books about Cars for Preschoolers
Buckle up for Vroom! by Barbara McClintock. Travel the highway through the mountains and over bridges as a little girl zooms across the land.
Imagine if you could custom build a dream car. That is just what Chris Van Dusen does in If I Built a Car. How about a swimming pool in the backseat. Preschoolers will love to tell what they would include in their very own dream car.
I’m Fast by Kate McMullan will have students rooting for either the car or the train as they race to the destination. You can almost feel the race as you read.
Gus is a pretty resourceful mechanic. His garage is full of resources and Gus knows how to fix every vehicle that passes through it in Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers.
Then head over to another garage in At the Garage- Shine a Light by Usborne. This book is neat because not only will kids learn about being a mechanic, but you hold the pages up to a light to reveal hidden details.
Preschoolers will enjoy counting all the animals and people in Cars Rushing! Honking! Zooming! By Patricia Hubbell.
Children’s Books About Trucks
Big book with big fold-out pages is what you’ll find in The Usborne Big Book of Big Trucks. Lots of things to look at on the detailed pages. Just the size of this book makes it so fun for preschoolers.
When all the food trucks converge in one spot you have a Food Truck Fest!by Alexandra Penfold. This is a fun to talk about favorite foods or cuisines that each student enjoys.
Another food truck book to enjoy is Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine. It this tale, the Taco Truck is having a hard time finding a parking spot as more and more food trucks crowd the area. It has to stand up for itself in the sea of food trucks.
And, I love food trucks so here is one more. Vamos Let’s Go Eat by Raul the Third. Children will learn so much about different foods and pick up lots of Spanish words. And, the illustrations will beg you to look long after you have finished the words. They are purely amazing!
The family car has a flat and a tow truck is needed. Find out about the wait for the tow truck in Sunny’s Tow Truck Saves the Day by Anne Marie Pace.
Thunder Trucks by Cheryl Klein and Katy Beebe is a creative tale of trucks that hang out in the sky creating rain, hail, thunder, and lightning.
Trucker and Train by Hannah Stark is about a truck and a train. But, it’s also about jealousy, helping others, and self-discovery. Trucker sees a problem and puts his jealousy aside to help train.
Firetruck Books for Preschoolers
From firefighters to fire trucks, we’ve got you covered.
Construction Trucks for Young Children
The Book of Diggers & Dozers by Neil Clark explore physics and engineering topics as children learn how their favorite machines work.
And for more construction vehicle books, check out our big list of Construction Truck Books for Kids.
Preschool Books About Buses
A favorite song to sing by little ones is “The Wheels on the Bus.” Did you also know that there are lots of variations of the song? Check out these book variations from The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk to The Seals on the Bus. Check out The Wheels on the Bus Book Variations.
Books About Trains for Kids
There is nothing quite like watching trains or playing with them. From the engine to the caboose, this Big List of Train Books for Kids is just the ticket.
Books About Airplanes and Rockets for Preschoolers
Who works to help make those big machines fly in the air with you on them? Find out in Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton.
This Plane by Paul Collicutt looks at the different materials that planes are made of. Plus, you can see the exact names of planes on the endpapers too.
Soar through the skies in Planes Fly by George Ella Lyon.
Dinosaurs plus rockets equals a whole lot of fun in Dinosaur Rocket by Penny Dale.
Ever wonder what it feels like to zip through space on a rocket? That is just what you feel in Tiny Little Rocketby Richard Collingridge.
Are you taking your first flight with a toddler? Then, you’ll want to grab the First Airplane Ride booklist.
Children’s Books About Boats
Which animal sank the boat? Figure it out in Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen. This makes a great one to lead up to experiments with sinking and floating.
Preschoolers will enjoy using the clues to figure out who rides in each boat in Whose Boat? by Toni Buzzeo. Plus, they will learn about different jobs that require the use of boats.
Lots of shapes and sizes of boats to explore inBoats by Anne Rockwell.
Alphabet Boats by Samantha R. Vamos is all about boats with an alphabet theme.
Float by Daniel Miyares is a beautiful wordless book about a paper boat.
All Hands on Deck! by Robert Neubecker is the story of the Cajun Navy, a group of small boats that band together to help rescue people stranded by hurricanes in Louisiana.
Books About Bikes for Preschoolers
One of the healthiest modes of transportation is bike riding. Read all about this pedaling option in our Books About Bikes List. Then play, Biking Down the Chalk Lane. It’s a fun way to practice letter recognition.
Printable Transportation Booklist for Preschoolers
Grab a printable booklist of the books above. It is great for lesson planning or taking to the library.
And, keep the fascination with transportation going with our Transportation Preschool Literacy Unit. It’s book-based. It’s full of literacy skill development. And, it’s hands-on fun. Get it!—>Transportation Preschool Literacy Unit.
And for more transportation books, check out our Transportation Books for Toddlers.