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Roads: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about roads?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to roads. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about roads.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about roads can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Wherever You Go
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Roads give you chances to seek and explore. Want an adventure? Just open your door. Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors. Award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller’s lilting rhyme and bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting, lush landscapes celebrate the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road–the same road that will always lead you home again.

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The Road That Trucks Built
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Erica Sirotich
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Join the ride as a team of adorable vehicles work together to build a new road in this fresh, cement-mixing spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The House That Jack Built.” This is the traffic that’s moving too slow. Cars and buses have nowhere to go. What is the answer? I’m guessing you know. The trucks need to build a new road! Bulldozers, scrapers, graders, and more are hard at work making sure that every car, truck, and motorcycle can get where they’re going fast! With smooth writing by Susanna Leonard Hill and heavy-duty illustrations by Erica Sirotich, The Road That Trucks Built shows the importance and effectiveness of teamwork in a picture book that’s perfect for on the road readers.

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Roadwork
Written by Sally Sutton & illustrated by Brian Lovelock
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Big machines and their drivers work together to build a road.

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Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue
Written by Paige Braddock
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Sometimes big stories happen in small places. Sometimes big things happen to small creatures. This is one of those stories . . . Cecil is a toad. A toad busy doing what any other toad does with its days–judging the pond splashing contest (Reggie the fly is usually the honorary winner by dint of his five-day lifespan), or visiting his friends, Jeff the free-range hamster, Rayray the lizard, Jeremy the worm, or Sprout the frog. And, of course, trying to keep clear of the local hawk. But when Cecil discovers a freeway construction project aimed right at the pond, he knows he has to come up with a plan to save his home. But what can a small group of amphibians and a reincarnating fly do against construction vehicles and a steady onslaught of hot asphalt? Cecil isn’t sure, but he knows they have to try.

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The Cookcamp
Written by Gary Paulsen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-11

In 1944, a little boy’s mother has to work in a factory in Chicago while his father is away at war, so she sends the boy to stay with his grandmother, who cooks for a work crew building a road from Minnesota to Canada. Living in the forest is a great adventure; Grandma gives him her affection and delicious things to eat; the huge men at the camp give him rides in their trucks and tractors. But no matter how wonderful life with Grandma is, he misses his mother. Much as she-loves having him with her, Grandma finds a way to help him return home.

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  • Road Builders - Ever wonder how a road is built? Come along with Caldecott Medalist Simms Taback and find out! First you’ll meet the crew. Then you’ll see all the trucks up close—cement mixers, bulldozers, dump trucks, graders, pavers—and learn what each one does. And finally, you’ll watch a bustling new road come to life!

  • Sign Off - From award-winning author-illustrator Stephen Savage comes a playful wordless picture book about what the figures on road signs do when no one is around! What do the figures on signs do when no one is watching? Under cover of night, they leave their signs to play and collaborate in this imaginative story by celebrated author-illustrator Stephen Savage.

  • Let's Build a Highway - From the publisher that brought you the bestselling Baby University books comes a brand new board book series of construction books for kids. Join the construction team and help build a highway!Let’s build a highway! Follow along step-by-step as big trucks and machines construct a busy road, from surveying the roadway, to using a bulldozer to clear the path, and so much more. With a simple format and the introduction of new engineering concepts and words, tiny truck lovers will enjoy being a part of the construction crew.The Let’s Build series introduces young readers to engineering, construction, and architecture, helping them imagine what they can build!

  • Toad on the Road: A Cautionary Tale - With bouncy call-and-response text and vivid illustrations, this lively picture book from author-illustrator Stephen Shaskan is sure to have readers giggling along with Toad’s silly antics. A perfect read-aloud! Who’s that coming down the road? Oh yikes! Oh yikes! It’s a bear on a bike.

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