Reading through 100 picture books this summer has been exciting, as we’re going through favorites, and discovering new gems. I’ll be sharing some of our titles with you along the way.
Here’s nine train books we enjoy reading over and over again.
Freight Train by Donald Crews – Simple yet fascinating, the words are mesmerisingly rhythmic.
Underground Train by Mary Quattlebaum – Delightful similes and sound devices tell the story of a girl traveling via subway to spend time with family.
Trains by Gail Gibbons – Straightforward, the clean lines of the illustrations teach kids about all sorts of trains.
Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train by Arthur Howard and Cynthia Rylant – A delightful story of a train ride for Mr. Putter.
Tootle by Gertrude Crampton and Golden Books Staff – Lessons to be learned from an adventurous little train who ventures off the track.
The ABC’s of America’s Railroads by Andy Fletcher – Fine illustrations of real trains from around the country. Not especially great for reading, but my son loves to look carefully at the illustrations as they have letters on them!
Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown – Rhythmic language has you repeating the lines long after the book is closed. Illustrations are cleverly drawn to connect a real train and toy train.
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper – A classic. It’s actually not my personal favorite but kids love it.
The Train Book by John Johnson – Seems to be difficult to find. A simple book about various train cars.
In my Amazon search, I came across a number of other train books I’d love to read to my boys. These included:
Inside Freight Train by Donald Crews and I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson.
Do you kids have any favorite train books that didn’t make our list? Share them!!