Truck books for little ones (Top 10)

by Lara on August 18, 2015


Photo courtesy of Becca Howell Photography 

Motherhood has been full of surprises so far. Among them is the rather impressive truck education I have received in the last year or so, since my son began to live and breathe everything trucks, trucks, trucks. Though I have consciously tried not to limit G’s interest to any one subject, the kid really loves trucks. He has a particular obsession with construction trucks, and we have spent a lot of time scouting out construction sites and camping out like creepers watching those beloved trucks do their work.

Since weather (and my sanity) doesn’t always allow for being construction site groupies, I’ve taken to feeding his interest through accumulating copious amounts of books on the subject, so I thought I would share some of his favorites to make another parent-to-a-truck-lover’s life a little easier.

Construction books for toddlers

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

The one that started it all! If tragedy strikes and this book were to suddenly disappear from our house (ahem, not that I’d be responsible for that), there is nothing to fear, for everyone in our household has it memorized, word for word. The creators of this book were also clever enough to produce lots of fun spin-off toys, such as a memory game, magnet set, and stuffed digger (*cough* don’t ask me how I know).

Construction books for toddlers

Digger and Tom!

A lesser known truck book, but a very lovable story with cute illustrations and a great message. G “reads” this from memory to himself all the time, and I actually credit it for helping him build up his word count in the early days of speech acquisition.

Construction books for toddlers

My Big Truck Book

This one is great for even the littlest truck lovers. It’s a reference book of sorts and will provide a great crash course in trucks for those of us who previously identified all CATs as “tractors” (oh, the shame).

Construction books for toddlers Diggers Go

A very simple book for younger toddlers. When we first checked this out from the library, I wanted to return it immediately because it contains mainly sounds (made by the trucks) as opposed to introducing new words. It turned out that G loved the sounds and wanted to imitate them, which really contributed to his language in the long run.

Construction books for toddlers
Roadwork, Demolition, and Construction

This is a great trio of books that nail the whole rhyme and rhythm formula. The illustrations are captivating and they include a mix of good vocabulary and fun “action” sounds.

Construction books for toddlers

B Is for Bulldozer

This is an ABC book. The illustrations are charming and I don’t mind reading it over and over. And over.

Construction books for toddlers


I first read this to G at the bookstore before he turned two, and he wasn’t that into it. A few months later I checked it out from the library and he became obsessed. This is a cute story about Mr. Rally and his backhoe loader, and the five jobs he had to complete one workday. Fun read that also introduced G to list making, which made me very happy.

Construction trucks for toddlers

Build, Dogs, Build, Work, Dogs, Work, Dig, Dogs, Dig

Like so many construction stories, these books really emphasize teamwork and taking turns. Each truck having their own job is the perfect analogy for these lessons! This is a cute collection of books about a team of construction dogs and all the fun/trouble they encounter.

Truck books for little ones

Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street

This one includes some good exposure to numbers and counting as well as just being really fun.

Truck books for little ones

Digger, Dozer, Dumper

Hands-down, our favorite truck book to date. Clever, rhythmic, with cute illustrations that include every truck imaginable–this book has it all.

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Andrea@WellnessNotes August 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I love that G loves trucks so much!!!


Kellie August 23, 2015 at 5:15 am

Thanks for the great list! I feel like I should run to the bookstore and grab these up for my grandbabies! Oh, and that first one? Comes highly recommended by other people I know too. Apparently it’s a MUST!


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