7 Great Truck Books for Preschoolers & Toddlers

There is something endlessly fascinating about trucks. Big trucks, small trucks, digging trucks, cement trucks, fire trucks - kids have an insatiable appetite for them all. Learn the ins and outs of trucks with these 7 great books for kids 2-5…


Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry. Buckle-up for a fun-filled day of planes, trains, automobiles . . . and even a pickle truck! Featuring hundreds of clearly labeled vehicles, this is the perfect book for little vehicle fans from the famed Richard Scarry.

Digger Dozer Dumper by Hope Vestergaard. 16 boisterous poems highlight jobs & personalities of 16 different vehicles. Learn about backhoes, ambulances and snowplows. Cheerful illustrations show each vehicle in action, digging (or dozing, or dumping) away.

Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Tuck munchkins in at night with this spin on the classic Goodnight Moon. Even rough, tough readers will turn off their engines, rest their wheels and drift to sleep with this sweet and soothing story. Look for vibrant illustrations and gentle rhyming text.

First 100 Trucks: And Things That Go by Roger Priddy. Munchkins will pout over this book with 100 photographs of all kids of trucks. Learn about rescue vehicles, construction vehicles and vehicles on the farm, on the road and on the water. This is a great book to build vocabulary.

I Stink by Kate McMullan. With ten wide tires, one really big appetite, and an even bigger smell, this garbage truck’s got it all. His job? Eating your garbage and loving every stinky second of it! And you thought nighttime was just for sleeping.

Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman. Meet Mr. Gilly. He cleans up Trashy Town. There’s trash at the pizza parlor, trash at the school, and trash at every house. It’s a big job, but Mr. Gilly does it with a big truck, a big smile, and loads of style.

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres. The bedtime rituals of little diggers and dump trucks at a construction site should be quite familiar to kids saying goodnight. Young readers will identify with fire engines, tractors and monster trucks as the vehicles ask for one more story while their mommy trucks tuck them in, and their daddy trucks sing a goodnight song.

Valerie Schimel