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Reading Railroad: Our Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books About Trains

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As part of an ongoing series about our favorite books about trains, we knew we couldn’t leave out our littlest train fans! From freight trains to passenger trains to light rails, kids across the country are often enamored with the trains they see come through their towns. Fortunately for these youngest rail enthusiasts, there are plenty of books around for them to read with their favorite grown up, or on their own when they are a little older. Climb aboard while we share our favorite Children’s Train Books with you. Odds are, at least a couple of these will be familiar to you, but we hope you find some new inspiration here too!
Iconic railroad tale of determination, featuring a small train overcoming big challenges, perfect for young minds learning the value of 'I think I can.
1. Would a list of children’s books about trains be complete if it didn’t include the classic Watty Piper tale, The Little Engine That Could? As much a story about not giving up when things are tough as it is about trains, this one deserves a home on every little person’s bookshelf!
"Pete the Cat enjoys a vibrant railway adventure to Grandma's, showcasing the joy of train travel and exploration.
2. Our favorite cool cat is back in Pete the Cat's Train Trip. Looking forward to a trip to Grandma’s house by train, this Pete adventure would be an excellent read before a kid’s first train trip!
Engaging book revealing the mechanics of trains and railway systems worldwide, with interactive elements for curious young readers.
3. How Trains Work from Lonely Planet Kids is a fun, fact-filled book about the magic of railroads across the globe. With beautiful illustrations, it gets bonus points for including some flipouts for even more hidden facts!

A truck and train share a heartwarming story on the tracks, highlighting sounds of transportation and the triumph of kindness.

4. Is onomatopoeia your thing? If so, Trucker and Train might just be your jam! In addition to being replete with all the fun sound words you could hope for, it is also a tale of kindness triumphing over bullying, which is something we can all get behind!

Magical holiday train journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express, capturing the spirit of Christmas and belief in the unseen.

5. A Christmas classic that tugs at the heartstrings, The Polar Express is a reminder of the importance of believing in magic. We don’t know about you, but we still hear the bell ring!
Journey through railway history with steam trains, from early innovations to modern advancements, illustrated for young historians.
6. Historical facts and captivating illustrations make up Steam, Smoke, and Steel: Back in Time with Trains. Readers will be transported to the early 19th century, and make their way to the present as they learn about the innovation and progress of railroads.
Parallel adventures of a real train and a toy train, simplifying railway travel for the youngest enthusiasts with delightful illustrations.
7. From acclaimed author, Margaret Wise Brown, we have Two Little Trains. An easy, repetitive read for the littlest ones, this one juxtaposes a real train and a toy train both heading west.
Transcontinental railroad adventure offering a detailed look at historical train travel, engaging young readers with the past of American railways.
8. In Locomotive, we climb aboard for a trip on the transcontinental railroad with a fully in-depth look at the people, places, and things that made those infamous passenger train journeys possible!
A child's magical train ride with The Silver Arrow, blending fantasy with lessons on ecology and the importance of conservation.
9. Is your elementary-aged kid looking for a magical adventure? The Sliver Arrow is their ticket to such, but with a dash of ecological preservation and saving animals too.
Fantastical train adventure through impossible places, igniting imagination with space and ocean journeys on magical railways.
10. First in its series, The Train to Impossible Places is another fantastical, elementary age appropriate story that will take readers on a train trip to the bottoms of the oceans and to the heights of outer space!
What do you think of our list of children’s books about trains? Did we miss any? Either way, jump in the comments and let us know what your, and your kiddos, favorites are!

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