Top 10 Truck Books for toddlers and preschool

10 Great Truck Picture Books and Kid Lit Blog Hop

PickyKidPix‘s assistant soccer coach has a two-year-old son and he asked me for truck books because he is a little tired of reading Thomas the Train and Mater from Cars books. We both live in Newton, Massachusetts. One of our very favorite authors, Virginia Lee Burton, also lived here so I’ve added two of her books to this list.

Our car had to be towed in a flat bed tow truck. My son thought it was so cool!

What are your favorite truck books? Please share!


12 Favorite Truck Books

1. Mighty Dads by Joan Holub, illustrated by James Dean

Parental fatherly trucks teach their kids both life lessons and how to work their truck equipment.

Bulldozer Strong

shows Dozy right from wrong

They go




[picture book, ages 2 and up]

2. Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos

Did you know there are more than 26 different kinds of trucks — one for each letter of the alphabet?!  Each letter of the alphabet is accounted for in this introductory concept book for young readers. From the familiar to the unusual, Samantha Vamos writes in snappy verse to present twenty-six different kinds of trucks, explaining where they work and what they do. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

3. I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullen

Do you know what your trash truck does all night while you are sleeping? It’s hard and stinky work but it will delight your toddler or preschooler! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

4. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

No one wants Mary Anne, Mike Mulligan’s outdated steam shovel, but he loves her and he’s kept her in such good shape that she’s still running like new. He decides to prove to the town of Popperville that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week by digging their new town hall basement in just one day. Will this be the chance Mary Anne needs to avoid the city dump? [picture book, ages 3 and up]

5. Katy and the Big Snow by Virgnia Lee Burton

We’ve have a lot of snow this past winter and we could have used Katy! I picture my town as the town that Katy, an untiring snowplow tractor, who digs out the roads so the townspeople can do their jobs. [picture book, ages 3 and up]

6. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry

The glorious beauty of Richard Scarry’s books is that it is also for Kids That Go! Kids who can’t keep still will be mesmerized by the volume of captivating illustrations and interesting tidbits about cars and trucks. There’s something on every page to pore over and this is one book that you can read over and over again without going nuts! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

7. DinoTrux by Chris Gall

What if you take a truck and a dinosaur and combine them? And they come to life? The DinoTrux are back in prehistoric times but Revenge of the DinoTrux come to a town like yours! It’s an irresistible combination for little boys! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

8. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld

If a Shark faced off against a Train, who do you think would win? I guess it would depend on the contest. Shark and Train egg each other on for numerous competitions including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, and pie eating. Who are you rooting for? [picture book, ages 2 and up]

9. Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord

My son and I had hours of fun reading this rhyming racing picture book by Cynthia Lord. I loved the usual pattern of rhymes:

Great day, grin day, build a car to win day,
Cheer day, chase day, gonna have a race day!

I need a hot rod!

My son loved choosing out the different parts from the illustrations to construct his own imaginary race car alongside the hamster! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

10. Planes Go by Steve Light

If you love to make noises to amuse your kids while you read aloud, this oversized rectangular board book will have you imitating the noises of a sea plane, a helicopter, a jumbo jet, a propeller plane, a fighter plane, a blimp, a supersonic jet and a space shuttle.

Here’s how a supersonic jet goes:

vvvvvvvvvvvvvrrrrrrrrrrr ba-BOOOOOOM rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

More Great Truck Book Recommendations

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

There are a lot of trucks at the construction site! The five-truck crew will need help today. Learn about Bulldozer, Skid Steer Loader, Excavator, Cement Mixer, Bulldozer, Backhoe, Crane Truck, Flatbed Truck, Front-End Loader, Dump Truck, Cement Mixer, and Pumper. They all worked together to complete the job. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

A Fire Truck Named Red by Randall de Sève, illustrated by Bob Staake

Rowan wanted a shiny, new fire truck for his birthday, but he got his grandfather’s old fire truck instead. It’s rusty and worn out. His father promises to fix it up better than new. As they work on the truck, his father recounts his own adventures playing with this truck when he was a little boy. Rowan gets pulled into his father’s stories. When the truck is spruced up, he’s excited to play with it. This delightful picture book reminds us of the value of vintage, and the multi-generational ties that connect us. This is the perfect picture book for a grandfather to gift to a grandson! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz, illustrated by Eda Kaban

Set to the classic folk song Old MacDonald Had a Farm, this Old MacDonald has a bevy of construction vehicles on his farm from excavators to front loaders! Little boys who love watching construction vehicles (like mine in preschool) will love this spin on a familiar song! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Truck by Donald Crews from Barbara of Little Miss History

Dalmatian in a Digger by Rebecca Elliott

All kinds of animals are at work with different kinds of trucks! This is a fun picture book to explore alliteration onomatopoeia! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

On the Site Activity Book: Sticker and Punch Out

Pair any of the truck picture books with this activity book, perfect for travel or no-screen entertainment! [activity book, ages 2 and up]

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Top 10 Truck Books for toddlers and preschool

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  1. Elizabeth

    Thank you for this list!! I’ve been on a hunt for new truck books for my 2 year old!
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  2. Larry McSwiggan

    Thank you. We are going to make a trip to the book store!

  3. What little one does not like trucks? My favorite is Trucks by Donald Crews.

  4. Jim Westcott

    I remember clamoring for books like these, (something beyond Thomas the Train) especially for my younger son. Oh, those days seem so long ago now:)

  5. Our granddaughter is expecting our first great grandson in July. And, I am more familiar with girl books and have been making a list to buy hard copies of the great ones that are out for the future. Love the I Stink series and anything Lichtenheld does.
    Great list.
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  6. Great list! You can never have too many truck picture books – or too many trucks!
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  7. Mike Mulligan and Katy are two all time favorites.

  8. Oh, I’m so jealous Pragmatic Mom. Virginia Lee Burton’s book “The Little House” was one of the first picture books that I remember reading.
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  9. What a great list! I am sending this to some moms that have boys obsessed with truck.

  10. Thanks for the great ideas! I am pinning to my children’s book ideas board. 🙂
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  11. Since trains are being mentioned we’d be remiss not to add How To Train A Train by Jason Eaton to that list.

  12. Great list! “I Stink” cracks up my toddler Scholastic often has short cartoons based on popular books (we found this one on Netflix) that are fun, too. Little Blue Truck is a favorite too. We’ll have to check out DinoTrux!

  13. I’m going to save this list for later. My grandson is currently into bugs, but I think trucks will come next! Thanks for sharing.
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