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20 Transportation Books for Little Learners

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Teaching our little learners about different types of transportation is such a fun unit. We see them pass by us everyday – cars, trains, airplanes, boats, and so much more! There are so many fun ways to incorporate this unit and watch those little minds be amazed as they explore and imagine all that’s going on around them. It’s even more fun to see how amazed they are when you add transportation books to this unit!

Finding transportation books to read with them is a wonderful addition with these units and they get to see all the different kinds of transportation they see and recognize everyday.

Taking the time to read transportation books is so important for little learners as they go through this unit. They’ll be exposed to all kinds of different transportation that are out there in the world everyday. Some they may recognize, others might be totally new to them!

I’ve found some great ones for you to use alongside the transportation unit that can be purchased on Amazon. Just click the links below and stock up on some of your favorite transportation books! I love to use my prime membership for this because I can get a stack of books with 2-day FREE shipping.

Transportation in My Neighborhood

How do you get around your neighborhood? From buses and trains to cars and by foot, people travel in many different ways. Through full-color photos and simple, easy-to-follow text, this nonfiction book introduces emergent readers to forms of transportation.

Signs in My Neighborhood

A neighborhood has traffic signals. There are street signs and crosswalks too. Which signs can you spot in your neighborhood?

Cars

Using simple text and illustrations, this book introduces colorful cars of all kinds—and their uses—to young children.

Planes

Simple text and illustrations introduce different types of airplanes in a world where rabbits soar, swoop, and pilot a range of skyworthy aircrafts.

Boats

Using simple text and illustrations, these colorful boats of all shapes and sizes float through the waters of this delightful introduction to boats for young children.

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

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 one and only Richard Scarry.

The Big Book of Airplanes

From military planes to the commercial jumbo jet to space shuttles, the Big Book of Airplanes is a spectacular look at a subject that fascinates kids. Find out how farmers use planes to help manage their crops and get a look at the brightly colored planes at an airshow and find out how their designs help them pull off exciting stunts and acrobatics.

Alphabet Boats

Discover twenty-six types of vessels, from the more common–canoe and motorboat–to the unusual–umiak and Q-boat. Just like in Alphabet Trucks and Alphabet Trains, colorful art includes the letters of the alphabet hidden (and not-so-hidden) in supporting roles in the illustrations. The text features familiar as well as unusual boats from around the world, packing in tons of instant kid appeal, and upper and lowercase letters are integrated into the action of the art rather than solely in the typography. Back matter includes age-appropriate facts about each featured boat.

Roaring Rockets

Rockets have power. They rise and roar. This rocket’s waiting, ready to soar. Rockets carry astronauts with cool, white suits oxygen helmets and gravity boots. Blast off with more out-of-this-world couplets! This time it is machines that fly. In bright and bold illustrations that are as witty as the text, the animal crew roars and whizzes into outer space.

Look Inside Things That Go

Lift the flaps to explore all sorts of exciting things that go – bulldozers rumbling around building sites, fire engines rushing to emergencies, or jumpo jets soaring into the sky.

Boats

Hit the high seas with this board book featuring Richard Scarry’s fast and fun boats! From motorboats and sailboats, to submarines and kayaks, little sailors will be eager to cruise through these adventurous pages!

Maisy Goes on a Plane

Maisy is going to visit her friend Ella, and she is taking a plane to get there. She’s very excited! Join the mouse as she checks in at the airport, finds her seat (by the window!) and makes some new friends on her flight. From the whoosh at takeoff to waiting in line for the bathroom, from buckling seat belts to arriving in a whole new wonderful place, flying is more fun with a friend like Maisy on board.

Go, Pete, Go!

Ding, ding. There’s nothing Pete the Cat loves to do more on a sunny day than ring his little bell and pedal fast on his bicycle. But on this sunny day, Turtle wants to race someone in his new car. Vroom, vroom! Pete and his bicycle are up for the challenge!

A Voyage in the Clouds

In the year and a half since the flight of the first manned balloon in 1783, an Italian has flown, a Scot has flown, a woman has flown, even a sheep has flown. But no one has flown from one country to another. John Jeffries, an Englishman, and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a Frenchman, want to be the first. On January 7, 1785, they set out to cross the English Channel to France in a balloon. All seemed to be going fine, until Jeffries decides the balloon looks too fat and adjusts the air valve―how hard could it be?

Planes

Young readers can lift the flaps to find a little blue bird flying at an airport, an air show, and in other places that different types of aircraft are found.

Buses for Kids

Did you know that the NEOPLAN Jumbocruiser, an articulated double-decker coach, is the world’s largest bus? Did you know that there are specialized buses that transport passengers for sightseeing tours over snow or ice? More trivia and fascinating information about buses are featured in this book especially made for young learners.

Cars, Trains, Ships, & Planes

Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes is a visual encyclopedia of every vehicle to zoom, sail, soar, float, or fly across the land, sea, and sky. Displaying more than 1,000 vehicles including classic cars, hybrids, race cars, sail boats, luxury cruise ships, BMX and dirt bikes, military tanks, steam locomotives, mountain trains, hot air balloons, fighter jets, International Space Station manned spacecraft and more, plus a glossary and index, this visual catalog is perfect for young transportation buffs.

Busy Boats

Sail boats, row boats, ferry boats and speedboats: find them all and discover how they work in this fun-filled picture book. Then take a cruise on an ocean liner, crewed by our favorite animal characters, in a jolly rhyming journey.

If I Built a Car

“If I built a car, it’d be totally new! Here are a few of the things that I’d do. . . .” Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. Inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and old planes, with brilliant colors and lots of shiny chrome, this far-out vision is ready to cruise! there’s a fireplace, a pool, and even a snack bar! After a tour of the ritzy interior, robert the robot starts up the motor . . . and Jack and his dad set off on the wildest test drive ever!

The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!

In Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the pigeon dreamed of driving the titular bus. In this board book, readers will see him deliriously emoting at the thought of driving a plane, a train, a car, and more, all in his uproariously over-the-top style.

Teaching the transportation unit is so fun for our little ones as they explore the different types of transportation that pass by us every single day. It’s fun for us adults too as we get to watch them learn, grow, and their little brains work! Grab some books and this transportation unit and explore all the amazing transportation around us everyday.

 

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