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Trucks, Cranes & Diggers: Books for Little Builders

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Not all little boys and girls love trucks, but most of them do (like mine). Here is a list of the favorites that dominate our bookshelves at home.

I have tried to select ones that each have their own approach and learning objectives. Some have real-life illustrations and others more inventive illustrations but all are fun and incite a great deal of excitement for lots of little boys and girls. 

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z

By following the Pig family’s trip to the beach in their car, we come across a multitude of illustrated moving vehicles that suggest a whole world of inventive modes of transport on every page. From the carrot car to the pickle truck, children will be able to use their imagination and make up stories around the Pig family’s road trip. With over 10 vehicles on every double page, there is endless scope for a different story every time.

In addition, there is a little hidden Goldbug which keeps kids engaged in every page. As a parent, you will be astounded as to how quickly your little ones find it!

First 100 Trucks

This bright and colorful board book is an endless trail of discovery for your little ones. There are 100 different truck photographs to look at and talk about, to complement the 100 truck names to read and learn.

The real-life images will help your child recognize the vehicles in everyday life where they will be amazed at their size and splendor. For excited little hands, the board book pages are easy to turn.

Monster Trucks! Vroom Vroom - Awesome Trucks for Kids - Children's Cars & Trucks

Look for bulldozers, dump trucks, and more in this adventurous lift-the-flap book. This is without doubt going to appeal to any toddler who loves things that go and things that build. While looking for baby in the vehicles, children will learn new animal names and different parts of the trucks. “Is baby in the excavator?” “No, kooky crocodile is.”

The artwork is striking and the colors vivid making this a must for any bookcase.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

In this beautifully put together book, all the favorite trucks are working daily on the construction site. Rather than looking at each individual vehicle, there is a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together. There is a big job to do on the construction site and all the crew of vehicles need to work together to get the job done. The wonderful illustrations of these trucks, with their big personalities, will make any child excited about getting up early and getting the job completed. 

Digger, Dozer, Dumper

With a different approach to the ones above, this book combines rhymes and trucks into a vivid collection of 16 types of vehicles. With a poem that highlights the job and characteristics of each vehicle, your little ones will be singing them all day long. Colorful illustrations show each one in action, digging (or dozing, or dumping) away. 

The Construction Alphabet Book

A is for Aerial lift.

B is for Backhoe.

C is for Cement Mixer and so on…

To explore construction equipment, this noisy alphabet book is full of information and funny stories and pictures. Vibrant images from oil paints make for a great introduction to the comings and goings of a construction site.

My First Trucks and Diggers

This exciting book is filled with great photos and simple text for those eager to learn the names of different trucks and diggers. There is a focus on early reading, listening and even writing skills and includes 13 fun activity spreads.

The construction site is home to tankers, logging trucks and other commercial vehicles. Young readers will be able to differentiate the tasks and names of all the different elements that make for a busy and effective construction site.


British Canadian with a passion for travelling, languages, food and all things books. And most importantly, a loving wife and Mummy to two wonderful boys.

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