In my house we love trains. When I say we love trains, I mean we race outside to look at the trains passing by Grandma’s house. Every single train. From engine to caboose. Every single time. Yay!
Little J loves toy trains, real trains, and especially trains in books. So without further ado, I give you my three favorite train books for toddlers. All aboard!
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What a perfect little book! The illustrations are bright, with primary colors and bold lines. Travel with the conductor of a passenger train as he chugs past cities, rattles by towns, and finally makes his way to the train station. My mini-man loves echoing the “All aboard!” of the little conductor. This is part of a wonderful series including Planes and Trucks. Just the ticket if you have a tiny transportation aficionado on your hands!
This one’s a classic for sure. There’s just something about the repetitive prose that echoes the earnest, rhythmic music of trains. The first time I read this to my son, I was amazed at how it captured his attention! This version boasts bold new illustrations by Loren Long (not the familiar clown you remember, but so engaging!), complete with a wonderful fluffy purple stuffed elephant as a train passenger. You’ll soon be echoing the encouraging phrase over and over, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!” If you prefer the original illustrations, try this version instead.
I’ve reviewed another fantastic train book in my Bedtime Books for Toddlers list. Check it out!
This Caldecott Winner is a keeper for so many reasons. With its beautiful prose and rainbow of bright and simple illustrations, Freight Train is a classic. It somehow captures the excitement and transient nature of trains. Now you see it, now you don’t! The writing is exquisite too. What other board book uses a glorious word like “trestles?” Besides being train themed, this book is also fabulous for teaching colors to young toddlers. Each car on the freight train is illustrated in a color of the rainbow. So smart. Short and sweet, you’ll love reading and learning with this book.
Three train-themed classics, each unique and fun in its own way. These picks are sure to be instant favorites for your little train lover!
I love adding more train books to our collection. What train books for toddlers are on your bookshelf? I’d love to know!