Get Up and Get Moving with Transportation Books

Books are a wonderful way to inspire play with young children. All children learn through play and you are your child’s first and favorite playmate. Transportation books are filled with opportunities for imaginative movement such as scooping dirt, dumping rocks, zooming around a racetrack, flying through the clouds, and chugging down through a tunnel. Here are some recently published transportation books to get you up and moving with your child.

Looking for creative movement ideas? Try these out!

Imagine that you are a vehicle: How would you move? What noises do the vehicles make? What work would you do?

Play Green Light, Red Light: Take turns saying: “green light” and walking until someone says: “red light!” If your kid is  talking, they will love telling you green light and red light as you move and stop. Try walking, jumping, crawling, etc.

Be a train engineer: Set up chairs in a row and pretend it’s a train. Or go chugging down the hallway.  What would you use for tickets? What would the train engineer do?  What would the train conductor do? What color is your train’s caboose?

For more information about playing with children birth – 3 years, read Make the Most of Playtime from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University. Even if your child is 4 or 5, you might find some fun ideas in this article.

Boats Go

This extra-wide board book showcases a variety of ships, boats and even a submarine; vigorous illustrations in bold colors and inventive sounds, from the flap of a sail to the siren on a fireboat, bring the vessels to life.

Dig in!

Construction mice don their hard hats to operate construction vehicles as they complete a big project.

Fire Engine No. 9

Follows a fire engine and its crew through a very busy day, using mainly sound words.

Go! Go! Go! Stop!

Little Green only knows one word: ‘Go!’ It seems like the perfect word to get a construction site moving, but when too much go, go ,go becomes a problem, Little Green, Little Red, and Little Yellow must work together to help restore order.

McToad Mows Tiny Island: A Transportation Tale

Every Thursday, as a break from mowing Big Island, McToad and his tractor make their way to Tiny Island, using various modes of transportation and types of machinery to get there and back.

The Mixed-up Truck

A little cement mixer learns that making mistakes isn’t always a bad thing.

My Bus

A bus driver named Joe heads out on his route, stopping at one bus stop after another to pick up passengers. He picks up five dogs and five cats in all, dropping nine of them off at the plane, train, or boat. The tenth passenger, a dog, Joe takes home.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck

An update of the classic folk song “Old MacDonald” featuring farm vehicles like excavator, dump truck, and bulldozer.

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

In this twist on the classic song “The wheels on the bus,” the wheels on the tuk tuk go round and round all over the city in India.