In honor of Take Your Child to the Library Day tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to pull together a list of some of the best kids books about cars. Some of them might even be available at your local library. What better time to get your kids hooked on both reading and a need for speed? Read on for our top picks for kids of all ages.
Cars: Rushing! Honking: Zooming! By Patricia Hubbell
You may want to save this book for when you get home from the library, the sound effects required when reading this one aloud would probably be frowned upon by most librarians. But all the silly car sounds are bound to get your budding reader and car enthusiast excited about their next trip to the library.
Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell and Melissa Iwai
If you’ve got a truck enthusiast that you’re reading to, this book is sure to be a big hit. This story is about a little boy who works at his family’s truck stop, serving breakfast to all the regulars out on the road.
Three Little Rigs by David Gordon
Ever wonder what a car-related version of the Three Little Pigs might look like? This is just it! The main plot of the story will be familiar to your little reader, with each of the three little rigs planning on how they want to build their own garage. Like the original story, they have to work together to keep the big bad wrecking ball from knocking their house down. This clever story will make reading time fun for everyone.
Everything Goes: On Land by Brian Biggs
If your little reader is a fan of search-and-find activities similar to Where’s Waldo, this book should be on your must find list when you head to the library.
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
For anyone who has ever wanted a car with features like a backseat swimming pool or a fancy snack bar, this book is for you! A boy has big dreams of building his own car that can do everything from fly over traffic to deep sea diving. If only we could all build our own dream cars!
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barraca
This tale about a dog in New York City who gets rescued by a taxi driver and starts a new life in the front seat of a cab is definitely a fun and interesting read for both kids and adults!
Sputter, Sputter, Sput! By Babs Bell
Oh no – this little car zooms around town, until it sputter, sputter, sputs! Teach your kids all about the importance of keeping gas in the car with this fun little book.
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears were always a personal favorite of mine growing up, and I’m sure your little car enthusiast will enjoy this story as much as I did! A re-telling of the classic tortoise and the hare story, it remains a great way to teach little ones about good sportsmanship and being persistent.
When Daddy’s Truck Picks Me Up by Jana Novotny Hunter
We highly recommend reading this great book to your little one, especially if they get nervous any time you’re late. It might help put their mind at ease that a traffic jam doesn’t mean you care about them any less.
My Truck is Stuck! By Kevin Lewis
If your child loves seeing vehicles of all shapes and sizes out on the road, this book is sure to be a real winner! When the truck gets stuck all the other cars try to come to the rescue, but the hero of the story is the tow truck. The rhymes will have your kids begging for this book over and over.
Everything I Know About Cars: A Collection of Made-Up Facts, Educated Guesses, and Silly Pictures about Cars, Trucks and Other Zoomy Things by Tom Lichtenheld
Parents and kids alike agree on this book. All the made-up facts about cars will have the whole family in stitches. It might be a bit more appropriate for kids over 4, just for the sake of understanding the jokes. But it’s sure to become an instant favorite.
I Stink! By Kate and Jim McMullen
If your kids love dump trucks and all things stinky, this book will score high marks. The garbage alphabet is one way to make sure they remember their ABC’s!
The Mighty Street Sweeper by Patrick Moore
If you’re looking for a book to teach your youngsters about self-esteem, this would be a great addition to your personal library. You don’t have to be the biggest or shiniest vehicle out on the road to still be proud of the hard work you do, just like the mighty street sweeper!
I’m a Truck by Dennis Shealy
Kids will love this story about a big rig truck making a long drive into the Big Apple. Big Blue Bill has quite the adventure on his road trip, and the illustrations are fun with the anthropomorphized vehicles on every page. Definitely one to keep an eye out for at your local library.
The Little Auto by Lois Lenski
This favorite was published back in 1934 but still remains a classic favorite. The story gives kids insight into the history of cars and even of this country.
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