If you have a truck-loving toddler like I do – you have to check out these books. Construction trucks, emergency response vehicles, pick-ups, if your child likes it, it’s probably in one of these books. Almost all are available in board book versions, which come in handy with little active hands that like to rip pages. So here’s my list of top ten books for truck-loving toddlers. Enjoy!
Where do dump trucks sleep at night after dumping dirt and rocks? Do they gather toys and dump them in a giant truck toy box?
My son loves looking at the pictures of the Mommy and Daddy trucks with the baby trucks in this one. Very nice illustrations for sure and there is no shortage of fun trucks for your little one to admire here. Everything from monster trucks to snow plows and dump trucks to fire engines are represented here. I often find myself getting wistful as I read, “Do they ask for one more story…one more kiss and one more hug?”
Then cuddles up and says goodnight. Shhh. Goodnight, crane truck, goodnight.
This book is my favorite one to read as my toddler is getting sleepy. I can recite it almost in a whisper, shushing and sighing and yawning subliminally as I do. I also love how the artwork in this book brings the trucks to life. My favorite is the picture of the sleeping crane with his peaceful face, holding a star-shaped nightlight on his crane hook and cuddling a teddy bear in his folded crane ‘arms’.
Beep Beep! Here comes a van, driven by a moving man.
I love the rhyming cadence of this book. It rolls easily off the tongue and repeats throughout the story. Like a song, I sometimes find the verses get stuck in my head for a while until I start reciting them to my boys. The bright illustrations are fun too and very detailed, with little items to point out to your toddler to boost his or her vocabulary. There is also a counting element to the story, as each new vehicle comes on the scene to help tug the stuck truck out of the hole.
Horn went “Beep!” Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard.
A story with a lesson – don’t underestimate the value of friendship. Our little hero ‘Blue’, finds himself trapped in the mud with a big dump truck he tried to save. When he can’t free himself, the animal friends he greets warmly with his “Beep” come quickly to his aid. This one is also good if your little one is partial to farm animals and the sounds they make.
Little Blue Truck rolled into the city. Beep! Beep! Beep! Isn’t it pretty?
Read about Blue’s adventures in the big city in this book that features all kinds of big trucks and cars you’d find in the city. The city is a big, fast-paced, noisy place for our little country truck, Blue. But don’t count Blue out yet. When the Mayor’s limousine finds itself having engine trouble, Blue saves the day (and the city from a traffic jam).
“We’re here to paint the firehouse!” says Drippy.
From there, madcap hijinx ensue! The illustrations aren’t my favorite (sorry, Richard Scarry Fans) but they do a good job of portraying the chaos of having two inept housepainters trying to paint a firehouse as the fire trucks are trying to put out fires and perform rescues all around Busytown. My son is quick to point out that the firefighters have left their helmets on when they sit down for pizza at the local pizza parlor (a no-no in our house). This is the only non-rhyming book on the list and also the only one that doesn’t come in a board book format. It’s still a great read, especially for a toddler who loves fire trucks.
Plan the road. Plan the road. Mark it on the map. Hammer in the marking pegs. Ping! Bang! Tap!
It’s a big process to get a road built. Follow the construction of this interstate from start to finish with this rhyming book that uses lots of silly words to describe sounds of the equipment being used: Bump! Whump! Whomp! This is the first in the series of Sally Sutton books (and probably my favorite good).
Crush the stone. Crush the stone. Chip and grind and munch. Make new concrete from the old. Whirr! Churr! Crunch!
In this Sally Sutton book, recycling takes a front seat as a building is torn down to make room for a park and playground. This one features lots of trucks, including a crane and a backhoe and emphasizes the benefits of reclaiming and repurposing used items. Lots of fun to read all of the rhyming words (some of which are made up!)
Fill the holes. Fill the holes. Let the concrete drop. Spread it fast before it sets. Sloosh! Slosh! Slop!
Sally Sutton returns for more fun in this third installment of her book series featuring lots of fun trucks for your toddler. In this book, the trucks and workers are constructing a new library! More fun silly words (some of which are tongue-twisters that wil make you giggle) and great illustrations of trucks your toddler will love!
Can Red Truck make it up the hill? Red Truck can! Red Truck will! ZOOOM!
Definitely designed with younger toddlers in mind, this book follows our fearless tow truck, Red Truck, as he attempts to help a school bus full of children stuck in the snow. The illustrations are also simpler than some of my other favorites but I do love the tow truck driver’s handlebar mustache!
Have a favorite truck book you read to your toddler? Put it in the comments below!