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Books About Things That Go: Part 1

Beep, beep! Vroooooom! Chugga-chugga-choo-choo! From trucks and trains to cars and planes, young children love books about things that go! Have fun making sounds and pretending to fly and drive as you enjoy these books with your children.


Machines at Work by Byron Barton
Sarah S. Says: Byron Barton has several books about things that go. The bright illustrations and simple text make these books great for young children.
Amazon Says: Byron Barton's classic book about a busy day at the construction site is perfect for fans of Richard Scarry and Tom Lichtenheld!Rhythmic text and bold, graphic illustrations c more...
Amazon Says: Byron Barton's classic book about a busy day at the construction site is perfect for fans of Richard Scarry and Tom Lichtenheld!Rhythmic text and bold, graphic illustrations convey all the energy and excitement of the day while workers use a variety of machines to knock down a building and begin constructing a new one. Young readers will love learning the names of the machines while seeing them at work.Supports the Common Core State Standards. less...
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The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Amazon Says: Tess is excited. Today is her first day of school, and her very first ride on a school bus. Waiting at the bus stop with her older friend Gus, Tess eagerly asks, "Is this the more...
Amazon Says: Tess is excited. Today is her first day of school, and her very first ride on a school bus. Waiting at the bus stop with her older friend Gus, Tess eagerly asks, "Is this the bus for us, Gus?" as each vehicle passes by. From fire engine to front loader, Suzanne Bloom introduces young readers to a variety of vehicles through a simple text and spirited illustrations. less...
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Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown
Amazon Says: PUFF,PUFF,PUFFCHUG,CHUG,CHUGALL ABOARD!Two trains are heading West. One is a shiny train, moving fast. The other Is an old train, moving no more...
Amazon Says: PUFF,PUFF,PUFFCHUG,CHUG,CHUGALL ABOARD!Two trains are heading West. One is a shiny train, moving fast. The other Is an old train, moving not so fast. What can they have in common? Much more than you think!This treasured story from the author of Goodnight Moon has been newly illustrated by two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon. Margaret Wise Brown's brilliantly simple text is fittingly showcased by the Dillons' extraordinarily inventive illustrations. You'll be surprised where the two little trains take you. Come and see! less...
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Amazon Says: Dawn until dusk, the city is alive with sounds, from the TING-ALING- A-LING of an alarm clock in the morning to the BEEEEEP! BEEEEP! of traffic in the afternoon to the quiet S more...
Amazon Says: Dawn until dusk, the city is alive with sounds, from the TING-ALING- A-LING of an alarm clock in the morning to the BEEEEEP! BEEEEP! of traffic in the afternoon to the quiet SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH of evening. Noted illustrator Beppe Giacobbe’s bright palette and pleasing cityscapes bring the excitement of the city to life in a story that begs to be read aloud again and again. less...
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Amazon Says: A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty more...
Amazon Says: A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity. less...
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C Is for Caboose by Traci N. Todd
Amazon Says: Pack your bags for an unforgettable trip! An unexpected mix of vintage illustrations and contemporary photos makes this word book about trains as entertaining to look at as it more...
Amazon Says: Pack your bags for an unforgettable trip! An unexpected mix of vintage illustrations and contemporary photos makes this word book about trains as entertaining to look at as it is to read. With simple information about everything from the transcontinental railroad to the model trains, C Is for Caboose is sure to excite young readers' natural curiosity and fill their heads with details they'll be eager to share. less...
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Speed by Nathan Clement
Amazon Says: Stock cars are revved up and rumbling behind the pace car. One lap, two laps, three . . . the green flag rips across the sky and vroom! The race is on! In this action-packed p more...
Amazon Says: Stock cars are revved up and rumbling behind the pace car. One lap, two laps, three . . . the green flag rips across the sky and vroom! The race is on! In this action-packed picture book, cars roar down the speedway, squeal around curves, bump and spin, and crews rush to clear the track. With bird’s-eye views of the speedway and up-close looks at cars racing neck and neck, Nathan Clement’s big, bold illustrations give young fans an exciting look at a stock-car race from every angle. less...
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Train by Elisha Cooper
Amazon Says: A night train, a freight train, a high-speed train. Racing across the country, from coast to coast. All aboard! Climb aboard a red-striped Commuter Train in the East. Switch more...
Amazon Says: A night train, a freight train, a high-speed train. Racing across the country, from coast to coast. All aboard! Climb aboard a red-striped Commuter Train in the East. Switch to a blue Passenger Train rolling through midwestern farmland. Then hop on a Freight Train, soar over mountains on an Overnight Train, and finish on a High-Speed Train as it races to the West Coast. Trains are moving. Fast and loud, colorful and powerful. Experience their sights, sounds, smells--and the engineers and conductors who make them go--as they roll across the country. less...
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Asphalt Pavers by Connor Dayton
Sarah S. Says: Check out this series about City Machines in the Beginning Reader section.
Amazon Says: Asphalt pavers are used to lay and smooth asphalt on roads, keeping them level and safe for drivers. The action-packed photographs show pavers making the roads we drive on eve more...
Amazon Says: Asphalt pavers are used to lay and smooth asphalt on roads, keeping them level and safe for drivers. The action-packed photographs show pavers making the roads we drive on every day. Straightforward text explains to young readers the components of these machines and the tasks they perform. less...
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Tractors by Connor Dayton
Sarah S. Says: Check out this series about Farm Machines in the Beginning Reader section.Amazon

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton
Amazon Says: Everything you need to know about finding, keeping, and training your very own pet train. Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. B more...
Amazon Says: Everything you need to know about finding, keeping, and training your very own pet train. Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around—everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard! less...
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I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Amazon Says: "Dig, dig, dig. Lift, turn, tip. I am . . .a backhoe."   In spare text and vibrant illustrations, a little boy pretends to be a bulldozer, a crane, a dump truck, and a roller more...
Amazon Says: "Dig, dig, dig. Lift, turn, tip. I am . . .a backhoe."   In spare text and vibrant illustrations, a little boy pretends to be a bulldozer, a crane, a dump truck, and a roller. And finally, he parks on the couch with his father for a quiet moment. less...
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Sarah S. Says: If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out others by the same author!
Amazon Says: Cars go rushing up and down, through the country, through the town. Racing! Rushing! Honking! Squealing! Stopping! Starting! Turning! Wheeling! All kinds of cars, from sedans more...
Amazon Says: Cars go rushing up and down, through the country, through the town. Racing! Rushing! Honking! Squealing! Stopping! Starting! Turning! Wheeling! All kinds of cars, from sedans to SUVs to station wagons, take people here, there, and everywhere. Following the success of Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! and Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! Patricia Hubbell introduces the third installment to her popular series featuring "things that go!" Sean Addy and Megan Halsey portray a variety of cars using vibrant clip art, etchings, and original drawings, making this a perfect gift for children who love things that go! less...
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Amazon Says: Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels. One ice-cream truck selling everything more...
Amazon Says: Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels. One ice-cream truck selling everything sweet breaks down and blocks the middle of our street. If you’re a little boy on a bike, an ice-cream truck on your street is always a welcome sight. But what if the truck breaks down and blocks the mail truck behind it (now there are two), not to mention a third truck carrying hay? One by one, trucks of all types and sizes and functions are sure to pile up behind, offering ample opportunity for ogling — and counting. And maybe the boy’s idea for putting one of the trucks to good use might even save the day! less...
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Sarah S. Says: If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out others by the same author!
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Trains Go by Steve Light
Sarah S. Says: If you enjoy this board book, be sure to check out others by the same author!
Amazon Says: "The big steam train goes, CHUGGA chugga chugga CHUGGA chugga chugga CHOO CHOOOOOOO!" The diesel train goes, "zooosh zooosh ZOOOOOOOOSH ding ding ding!" The American goes, "cl more...
Amazon Says: "The big steam train goes, CHUGGA chugga chugga CHUGGA chugga chugga CHOO CHOOOOOOO!" The diesel train goes, "zooosh zooosh ZOOOOOOOOSH ding ding ding!" The American goes, "clang clang clang TOOT TOOT!" All aboard! Take a trip on eight noisy trains as they huff, puff, and toot-toot their way through this lively board book! Perfect for the young train enthusiast. less...
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Sarah S. Says: If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out others by the same author!
Amazon Says: Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. Every other spread has an intera more...
Amazon Says: Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. Every other spread has an interactive gatefold which extends the original picture to three pages, revealing something new about each situation. The last spread diagrams each city machine, providing additional information for young readers to pore over again and again. William Low’s classically-trained artist’s eye adds a new layer to this genre, and both parents and children will appreciate the beautiful illustrations, the attention to detail, and the clever situational twists revealed by lifting the flaps. less...
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Trucks Roll! by George Ella Lyon
Amazon Says: "Trucks bring ice cream. Trucks bring blocks, books and bulldozers, dolls and socks." Through mountains and flatlands, past deserts and towns, the trucks are r more...
Amazon Says: "Trucks bring ice cream. Trucks bring blocks, books and bulldozers, dolls and socks." Through mountains and flatlands, past deserts and towns, the trucks are rolling! With its rhyming text and bold illustrations, Trucks Roll! invites kids along on a day in a trucker's life and shows that many things we enjoy depend on the trucker's work. less...
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Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo
Amazon Says: When night has come and the moon shines bright,Reflecting back our sun’s great light—Explore the stars and search the sky,And watch for satellites gliding by!Ride a rocket more...
Amazon Says: When night has come and the moon shines bright,Reflecting back our sun’s great light—Explore the stars and search the sky,And watch for satellites gliding by!Ride a rocket to the stars as astronauts go zooming, booming, flying, and guiding their way through the solar system. Watch as they make moon landings, explore a new terrain, repair a satellite, and more in this exciting early introduction to all things outer space! A rhythmic, rollicking text pairs with bold, bright illustrations to capture the imaginations of young space explorers everywhere. less...
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I'm Dirty! by Kate McMullan
Sarah S. Says: If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out others in this series!
Amazon Says: For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train comes the perfect noisy addition to this hilarious read-aloud series from Kate and Jim McMulla more...
Amazon Says: For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train comes the perfect noisy addition to this hilarious read-aloud series from Kate and Jim McMullan, the popular creators of I'm Bad! and I Stink!Clank! Rattle! Bang!Who's making all that noise?Backhoe Loader, reporting for duty.Cleaning up a mess? Easy as pie.Make that a MUD pie.RRRRRM! RRRRRM!Who wants to be clean when it's so much fun being dirty?CLUNK!I just LOVE my job! less...
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Amazon Says: THE GARBAGE TRUCKS ARE HERE TODAY! Smashing, mashing, lights a-flashing, gobblin' garbage, GULPITY-GULP. From castaway furniture to last night's leftov more...
Amazon Says: THE GARBAGE TRUCKS ARE HERE TODAY! Smashing, mashing, lights a-flashing, gobblin' garbage, GULPITY-GULP. From castaway furniture to last night's leftovers, no job is too big or too small for this rugged team. With an upbeat, rhythmic text, Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! follows two garbage trucks on their route. What results is a stinky, roaring, rumbling mess -- and LOADS OF FUN! less...
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Amazon Says: One, two, here comes the crew! Three, four, here come more... With three dump trucks, an itsy-bitsy skid steer, and a host of other equipment, there's a whole lot of building more...
Amazon Says: One, two, here comes the crew! Three, four, here come more... With three dump trucks, an itsy-bitsy skid steer, and a host of other equipment, there's a whole lot of building going on here! Amusing construction-themed nursery rhymes--each based on a Mother Goose favorite--feature diggers, graders, crushers, cranes, jackhammers, forklifts, and wrecking balls. With bright, bold illustrations, this fun read-aloud should be a big hit with kids. less...
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Amazon Says: I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky, I can pedal backwards, I can really fly! Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her best friend. But one more...
Amazon Says: I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky, I can pedal backwards, I can really fly! Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her best friend. But one day something terrible – and wonderful – happens. Sally Jean grows. Suddenly she finds herself too big for Flash. What’s a Bicycle Queen to do? Finally, by collecting old bicycle parts to make a new bike – and giving Flash to a young friend who longs for a bigger bike of his own – she rides again! With exuberant art that’s just the right match for Sally Jean’s new found freedom, this joyous text celebrates growing up, learning new skills, and giving back to the community. Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. less...
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Job Site by Nathan Clement
Amazon Says: Bring in the big rigs! Shiny, huge, heavy machinery rolls onto the job site. At the command of the Boss, the work beings, Digging, lifting, carrying, dumping, moving, and s more...
Amazon Says: Bring in the big rigs! Shiny, huge, heavy machinery rolls onto the job site. At the command of the Boss, the work beings, Digging, lifting, carrying, dumping, moving, and shaping are important tasks to accomplish. In this exciting follow-up to the critically acclaimed Drive, Nathan Clement once again pairs his striking illustrations with spare, succinct prose, offering construction buffs a close-up view of the action and anticipation at the job site. less...
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Flying by Donald Crews
Amazon Says: An airplane takes off, flies, and lands after having passed over cities, country areas, lakes, and more. more...
Amazon Says: An airplane takes off, flies, and lands after having passed over cities, country areas, lakes, and more. less...
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