My three-year-old is obsessed with vehicles. It started with an adorable fascination with school buses that soon engulfed race cars after watching Lightning McQueen. Then it moved into garbage trucks when he watched them each week with our nanny. Now it’s morphed into construction trucks but let’s be honest – it’s still anything that has wheels.
I found (sadly) that my toddler isn’t too keen on reading the Bernstein Bears or nursery rhymes or anything that has to do with a cute animal learning to quack. When I pull out my big ol’ Richard Scarry Best Word Book Ever from my own childhood, he skips right over the teeth-brushing and circus pages and goes straight to the cars, trucks, and trains.
It means that I am constantly on the hunt for new books that don’t make me want to stab myself when I read them. I’m all for children’s literature and encouraging him to read, but a book has got to be worthy of being read five times in a row to make it onto our shelves.
So to all my toddler mommas that cannot escape the excavator, here are the best construction-themed children’s books out there:
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherry Dusky Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld 1 of 10A wonderful book to read right before bed. You tuck in your toddler and he can tuck in the bulldozer!
Buy Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site on Amazon
My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy 2 of 10It's a book of very few words, but we love it in our house. Especially with a kid that is learning to talk - have him point out things to you or do a "hide and seek" by asking him to point out which one looks like momma's car, etc.
Buy My Big Truck Book on Amazon
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry 3 of 10Nobody does children's books quite like Richard Scarry. His fun characters and a carrot race car and berry jam tanker make it a silly book to read for the car enthusiastic toddler.
Buy Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go on Amazon
B is for Bulldozer by June Sobel and Melissa Iawi 4 of 10An ABC of the construction site, from asphalt to I-beams and a surprise at the end. Want to guess what they're building in the book?
Buy B is for Bulldozer on Amazon
My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis 5 of 10Bright colors and lyrical words make this such a fun book to read! (The tempo feels a lot like Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw)
Buy My Truck is Stuck! on Amazon
Smash Mash Crash, There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanaka 6 of 10So it's not construction, but it is big and noisy! This one rhymes and has little pigs as the characters - it's a lot of fun to read in funny voices.
Buy Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! on Amazon
Roadwork by Sally Sutton 7 of 10It can feel a little mundane as it repeats words, but Harrison is able to repeat with me and he loves seeing all the different machines building a road.
Buy Roadwork on Amazon
The Big Book of Things That Go by DK Publishing 8 of 10Light on words but big on pictures. Harry loves this one because it covers everything from cars to city buses and bulldozers.
Buy The Big Book of Things That Go on Amazon
Construction Sites by Felicity Brooks 9 of 10Flaps to lift and a bunny to find on each page! This one is great for the beginner construction-lover, ages 2 and up!
Buy Construction Sites on Amazon
Demolition by Sally Sutton 10 of 10Simple pictures, simple words, and a quick read make this one a favorite.
Buy Demolition on Amazon
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