10 Best Books About Trains
Our kids love trains and I am pretty sure we have read every train books in print. This is a list of our absolute favorites. These are the ones on our shelves that we pull out to read before or after our train adventures, when one of our kids has a question about trains, or just to read again and again and again.
The Rain Train By Elena De Roo. Illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Stunningly illustrated book with delightful language it is a unique and wonderful train book.
Freight Train By Donald Crews
This book is simplicity in its most perfect form. Of the many, many train books we have read, this is my son's favorite. Donald Crews uses few words and sparse illustrations, but the words are carefully selected and the illustrations are creatively descriptive.
Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown
One of our favorite books by this renowned author. Creative concept, repetitive language, and fun illustration details.
Big Book of Big Trains by Usborne Books
I always try hard to find a few quality non-fiction books for every interest topic. We love fiction, but a well rounded literacy collection should include a variety of reading materials. My children are fascinated by The Usborne's Big Book of Big Trains. Bright and bold illustrations, short and fascinating facts, and some large fold out pages to emphasis the size and variety of trains.
Rattle and Rap by Susan Steggall
Again and again and again we read this book. With its delicious sounds and detailed illustrations, our children loved this book about a train that rattles along to the sea.
Trains by Anne Rockwell
Perfect non-fiction addition for any train lover collection. Cheerful illustrations and interesting information.
Subway by Christoph Niemann
The bold illustrations. The numbers. The dad and two children. A thrilling subway ride. We love this.
Window Music by Anastasia Suen
Suen's text captures the sounds, sights, and delights of a train ride. Colorful illustrations full of rich details of the changing scenery and a general warmth, make this a wonderful read.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This is one of my favorite stories ever. Carefully chosen words that illustrate the varying emotions, crisp winter night, and magic of the season. Breathtaking illustrations that further elevate the book from classic to favorite. Stunning, beautiful, and perfect. If you haven't read this book about a little boy who rides the Polar Express to the North Pole - you must! We read this several times before our trip on the Santa Train.
Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
Playful sing along book about the bustling excitement of a train station. There are several versions of this song, but with its cheerful illustrations, this is our favorite.
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