The Best Train Books for Kids
Having a daughter, I didn’t expect trains to be in our future. I mean, yeah, I buy her trucks and all and put her in “unisex” clothes. It’s not all pink all the time. (Well, actually it IS all pink all the time, that’s why we call her pinkerbell). But my girl loves the choo-choo!
Whenever we go out the door and tell her to hold hands, she wants to hold both mommy’s and daddy’s hands and says, “look, we’re a train.” Then she starts singing, “choo-choo, chugga chugga choo choo” and shuffles her feet. It’s actually a great way to get her to do things that she doesn’t want to do.
Anyway, in light of our new exploration of trains (we’re beginning to find them everywhere), I thought I’d share a few of the best train books out there compiled by a friend whose son is wild about all things train. Truly. He’s gonna grow up to be a conductor, mark my words…so this mom knows her trains, believe you me.
Freight Train by Donald Crews. Teaches your child the colors of the rainbow car by car.
Choo choo : The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away by Virginia Lee Burton. The story of a discontented engine that runs away to learn important lessons. This book has beautiful black and white drawings and lots of train noises.
A Crack in the Track by Jane E. Gerver and Tommy Stubbs. Thomas gets derailed, but it’s the subtext that will keep parents snickering.
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Hear your child say those well-known words: “I think I can!”
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. A magical journey into Santa’s hometown, beautifully told.
Train Song by Diane Siebert. Follow the rhythm of the track, “Out in back, clickety-clack…”
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk. A freight train who loads up, takes a trip, unloads then has to go nighty night. Very sneaky way to end the day.
So there you have it - a round up of the best train books for kids, regardless of whether they are boys or girls. All the books are available at Amazon: