Books for Kids Who Love Trains

Red engine from target wooden trains peeking out of Orbrium tunnel with tree painted on side and gray roof

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Chug Through These Reads With Your Little Engineer

Red engine from target wooden trains peeking out of Orbrium tunnel with tree painted on side and gray roof
  • What: Books for Kids Who Love Trains
  • When: 12 months and up
  • Why: Build reading skills, indulge their love of trains
  • Where: Amazon

As a parent of a child totally obsessed with trains, we’ve amassed quite the collection of train books. If you want to indulge your kid’s conductor fantasies without getting yet another wooden train toy, try some of these great reads. They will leave your little one begging for more and keep them entertained between bouts of track building.

Choo Choo board book by Petr Horacek

Choo Choo Board Book: The littlest readers will enjoy flipping the sturdy pages of this board book. The classic black steam train travels through many different terrains and colors in this delightful introduction to reading and learning. Kids who love trains will enjoy the large illustrations of the train on every thick page. And thanks to the solid construction, the pages will stand up to repeat readings with ease.

Hide and Seek Things That Go look and find hardback book

Hide and Seek Things That Go: While this book doesn’t feature trains exclusively, we had to include it in this list. Train fans won’t be disappointed by the number of choo choos found in these pages. Kids can look and find all the objects on each page, or choose to focus on only the trains that interest them. From real engines to toy train cars, this book will take them on a journey through the world of transportation.

Steam Train Dream Train book for kids by Sherri Duskey Rinker on Amazon

Steam Train, Dream Train: This sweet read makes the perfect bedtime story for train aficionados. Kids will love watching the train get loaded with all sorts of toys and treats before departing into the night. It includes a tour through all the different types of train cars, filled with cargo kids can’t help but love. The soothing rhymes will help lull them into dreams of all their favorite types of trains.

Train series by Stone Arch Readers Level one Big City Freight Circus Train titles

Lightweight Train Books: These short books work great for beginning readers. Each one features a different type of train, from the city train full of passengers to the cargo train filled with freight. Short words and large text help new readers gain confidence, and these books can still be enjoyed out loud for younger listeners. They also work great for packing on the go, thanks to the thin paperback covers.

Usborne Big Book of Big Trains

Usborne Big Books: If your child longs to know everything from smokestack to caboose, this big book will give them the details they crave. No element is too small for a mention in this factual look underneath the coal chute. It covers a wide variety of types of trains and their locations and history.

Thomas and friends look and find book with hidden pictures

Thomas the Train Look and Find: No book list would be complete without mentioning Thomas, one of kids’ favorite friendly trains of all time. This oversized book features Thomas and his friends on every page. From the station to the beach stop, kids can locate all the hidden items on each page. Geared perfectly for toddlers and preschoolers, readers will enjoy spending lots of time with these pages finding all the items. Older kids can go one stop further and locate all the extra items from the end of the book as well.

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