5 More Great Children’s Books About Cars
It’s never too early to help young ones develop a passion for reading and the road. Here are five car-themed books worth adding to your child’s library.
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“Dig Dig Digging” by Margaret Mayo
Margaret Mayo’s “Dig Dig Digging” is a great introduction to hardworking vehicles for 3- to 6-year-old readers. From tractors to fire engines and dump trucks to garbage trucks, each double-page spread will teach your child more about the important functions that vehicles perform on a daily basis.
“Sputter, Sputter, Sput!” by Babs Bell
Another suggestion that Pragmatic Mom blog’s Mia Wenjen recommends is “Sputter, Sputter, Sput!” Babs Bell provides the simple text while Bob Staake gets the credit for the delightful illustrations. The story takes little ones on an imaginative journey with the car protagonist. They must also figure out why the car suddenly stops so the car can continue on its way and the story can have a positive ending.
“On the Road” by Susan Steggall
Susan Steggal wrote and illustrated this engaging book for young gearheads. Cut and torn-paper collage artwork depicts a family’s road trip through city traffic and the countryside to their ocean destination. And the tale equips children with a basic vocabulary for articulating their own roadside travels, with directional phrases like “up the hill” and “into the tunnel.”
“Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton
Originally published in 1943, Virginia Lee’s classic board book still continues to delight young auto enthusiasts. It depicts the tale of a big red tractor named Katy who saves a city during a snowstorm by clearing the streets of snow. The repetition of the text and charming illustrations make it a big hit with children under 6 years of age.
“The Very Bumpy Bus Ride” by Michaela Muntean
Bernard Wiseman provides the whimsical illustrations for this fun tale involving a bus with poor suspension and the group of Rumbletown residents who are traveling to the county fair. While not the most positive portrayal of public transportation, it’s a delightful vintage story to introduce youngsters to the importance of community and how even the most unfortunate of travel-related mishaps can have a happy outcome.
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Whitney Russell resides in Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not crafting car-related content, she can be found chasing after the most amazing toddler in the world, watching her “beaver” of a husband build amazing woodworking projects, hanging out with two crazy dogs, and visiting family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, crafting, and binge-watching period dramas when time allows. See more articles by Whitney.