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Do your kids love tractors, big trucks, and construction vehicles? If so, they’re going to love this collection of construction books for kids!
My boys loved their Tonka trucks when they were younger. They spent quite a bit of time at the playground playing in the sandbox and dirt piles digging, dumping, and rolling their trucks around.
Their bookshelves were filled with construction books. Now that I’ve got a grandson on the way, I’m on the lookout for new books to add to our collection. This collection is a great place to start!
Construction Books for Kids
Fill your book basket with a great collection of construction books for kids. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction by Michael Dahl – A counting book that follows the construction of a building, from one plan to twelve stories.
I’m a Bulldozer by Dennis R. Shealy – “Push” McCallahan is a hardworking bulldozer who’s on the construction site before the other big work machines have had their first cup of morning diesel.
The Happy Man and His Dump Truck by Miryam – A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck.
Diggy by Calee M. Lee – If your little boy loves dump trucks, diggers, and building fun, Diggy is sure to be a treat!
Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander – When Nolan finds a stray backhoe in the street, he can’t wait to adopt it. But this backhoe is not very well behaved.
My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis – In this lyrical read-aloud, young drivers are introduced to the ins and outs of hauling, beeping, and repairing — get ready for a fun ride!
Bulldozer’s Big Day by Candace Fleming – It’s Bulldozer’s big day—his birthday! But around the construction site, it seems like everyone is too busy to remember.
Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming – A very little bulldozer learns that taking care of kittens is a very big job.
Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney – There’s Loader and Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane. They’re ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. And who wants to help most of all? Little Excavator! But are there any jobs for someone so small?
Might, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker – Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there’s nothing they can’t do!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker – As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!
*Don’t miss these construction site counting activities!
Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard – Each truck and big machine in these enticing rhyming poems is different — and little readers are invited to find a vehicle that’s like them.
Look at That Building: A First Book of Structures by Scot Ritchie – Learning about buildings and how they are constructed has never been so much fun.
B is for Bulldozer by June Sobel – There’s a big yellow Bulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, a rusty red Dump truck–and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres – The bedtime rituals of these little diggers and dump trucks will be quite familar to kids saying goodnight.
My Best Pop-up Construction Site Book by DK – My Best Pop-Up Construction Site Book is a large format sturdy, noisy board book that takes young readers on a pop-up surprise journey through a construction site filled with diggers, cranes, bulldozers, dump trucks, and more.
Sing-Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt – A fun sing-along book for little construction enthusiasts.
Foreman Farley Has a Backhoe by Jenny Goebel – Foreman Farley has to build a new school. What does he need? A crane, a bulldozer, a dump truck, and more! Can he get the job done?
Build This City! by Scholastic – Put on your hardhats and get to work at the construction site. Nothing is too big for these heavy-duty trucks to load and lift!
Playtown: Construction: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Roger Priddy – There is so much to explore, learn, and discover inside this busy, busy book – diggers are digging holes, materials are being delivered, and roads are being laid.
Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book About Building by Kurt Cyrus – Grab a hard hat and all your tools, and get ready for a construction adventure in counting! This clever, rhyming picture book leads readers through a day in the life of a construction crew building with bricks.
Let’s Build by Sue Fliess – Let’s build…a fort! Grab a pencil, draw the plans. We’ll construct it with our hands…
Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale – Dinosaur Dig! has everything that boys love — diggers, dinosaurs, and dirt — plus a bit of counting thrown in for good measure.
Construction Countdown by K. C. Olson – Count down from ten to one with the busy construction trucks!
Dig, Scoop, Ka-boom! by Joan Holub – This book is a natural for young readers who love to build and are fans of vehicles that dig, scoop, and sometimes go ka-boom!
Building a House by Byron Barton – A machine digs a big hole. A cement mixer pours cement. Carpenters put up walls. Bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, and painters do their part. Through brilliantly simple words and pictures a house is built.
Who Made This Cake? by Chihiro Nakagawa – What if the people you order your next birthday cake from are tiny, and what if they build cakes the way we build buildings?
The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta – Rock crushers, jackhammers, and wrecking balls will delight the youngest of readers learning their ABCs.
Construction by Sally Sutton – There’s lots of noise and excitement involved in building a library! Preschoolers will clamor to take a close look.
What Can a Crane Pick Up? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich – We start with pipes and bricks and loads of steel and then move on to funny, whimsical objects: a cow, a ferris wheel, men in business suits, and an ancient mummy’s case.
Is your child’s favorite construction-themed book on this list? If not, leave a comment telling me what it is so I can check it out.
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