Thematic Reading List : Machines that Move! 


Children of all ages love watching things that move. From cars and trucks to more heavy machinery, each one holds a unique and exciting place in a child’s attention. Technology is a vital component to daily life and is emphasized in STEM curriculum. This selection of books introduces children ages 0-5 to the technology of vehicles, which can lead to further discovery as they get older. Whether looking at the pictures or learning the words, young children will enjoy experiencing these books independently or with caregivers.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni

076369407X Beep, Beep, Maisy!
By: Lucy Cousins

When Maisy goes for a ride in her car on the busy roads, she sees friends in trains, helicopters, and tractors.
9780531272534 Big and Little: Things That Go
By: Bondor, Rebecca

Introduces a number of motor vehicles, both big and small.
9781452164762 Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
By: Sherri Rinker
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld

Bulldozer and the rest of the construction vehicle crew are back at work in this sequel to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Features graduated die-cut board pages shaped like five construction vehicles.
9780312506421 Honk! Honk!
By: Priddy, Roger

Rhyming text describes different kinds of trucks, including dump trucks, fire trucks, and backhoe loaders. On board pages.
1452148384 Motor Mix, Emergency
By: Emily Snape
Illustrated by: Rilla Alexander

In this board book with die-cut pages, readers are invited to mix and match their favorite emergency vehicles to invent entirely new machines.
1426333374 National Geographic Readers: Let’s Go!
By: Aubre Andrus

Information about vehicles and other forms of transportation for young children learning to read.
9780062019639 That’s How!
By: Christoph Niemann

A very imaginative boy answers a girl’s questions about how different kinds of vehicles work.
9781936669363 Walter’s Wheels
By: Noelle Dingeldein

Illustrations made from clay and simple, rhyming text reveal a boy’s musings on how his cat explores different modes of transportation while the boy is at school.
0545146992 Watch Me Go!
By: Rebecca Young
Illustrated by: Von Glitschka

Identifies how various vehicles such as cars, trucks, trains, boats, and fire engines move, in a text with illustrations that give the illusion of movement.
9780545178532 What Am I?
By: Salina Yoon

The rhyming text invites young readers to guess which kind of vehicle is being described, then slide back a panel to find out the answer. On board pages.
9780061958168 What Flies in the Air?
By: Brian Biggs

Follows ten birds through the air as they see and catch rides with different types of flying vehicles one by one.
9780061128592 Zoom: a Book of Things that Go
By: Jennifer Frantz
Illustrated by: Don Tate

Presents young readers with a variety of facts about transportation vehicles including trucks, cars, boats, trains, and planes, with pull tabs to teach how they work. On board pages.


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