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Tools: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes board books and picture 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. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

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

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
Written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.

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When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox
Written by Jamie L. B. Deenihan & illustrated by Lorraine Rocha
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this delightful story, by the same author who wrote When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree, a boy is disappointed with his grandfather’s gift—until he learns he can use it to build exactly what he wanted with his own two hands, and a little help from grandpa, of course!

You asked for a special house for your dolls; but instead Grandpa gives you a toolbox! What do you do? Launching it into outer space is a bad idea. So is feeding it to a T. rex! Instead, be patient, pay attention, and you might find that you’re pretty handy. And just maybe, with grandpa’s help, you’ll get that dollhouse after all. This clever story celebrates kindness, hard work, and community, as well as variety in gender expression: the male main character proudly engages in activities that might be considered typically girl (playing with dolls) and typically boy (building with tools).

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Whose Tools?
Written by Toni Buzzeo & illustrated by Jim Datz
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

An ode to building a house from the ground up profiles six kinds of craftsmen and the 24 tools they use, with the answer to each question about “whose tools” being revealed under seven gatefolds designed to promote curiosity and learning. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of One Cool Friend. 30,000 first printing.

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Tap Tap Bang Bang
Written by Emma Garcia
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Cree craw with the saw, bang bang with the hammer, and twizzle, twist, twirl, and spin with the screwdriver, bolts, and nuts. What fun! Its tool time for children as they delight in colorful chisels, clamps, drills, pliers, and mallets at work. What could they be making? Kids will love finding out–and creating sound effects to go with this action-packed board book. Perfect for little builders!

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What Can You Do with a Toolbox?
Written by John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino & illustrated by Maple Lam
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From HGTV stars, cousins, and best friends John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino comes a fun-filled picture book that introduces young readers to the tools in a toolbox and how to use them. A hammer. Nails. A screwdriver. How do we use them? Using simple language, cousins Anthony and John introduce kids to tools and their uses. As their construction project grows, so does the number of kids helping. At the end, they reveal exactly what you can do with a toolbox: We can build a playground!

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  • Tool School - Get ready young builders to twist and turn with laughter!Join a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw, and pair of pliers on their first day of school. Together, they make puzzles and play games, but when it’s time to build something it’s suddenly every tool for itself. Working alone, each tool soon realizes that to make something great all need to cooperate!Young children will love the irresistible bold artwork and fun rhyming text as they learn that a little teamwork can make a big difference. Tool School introduces some of the most basic household tools, and cool tips explain how to successfully use them with the help of a grown-up!

  • My First Toolbox - My First Tool Box features a distressed design to give it a rough-and-tumble feel. Children will be delighted by the removable cardboard elements including: A wrench A screwdriver A hammer and four cardboard nails A saw My First Tool Box also features a tape measure to slide, and screws and nuts to turn. Plus, children can count from one to five! This oversized board book offers a robust introduction to everyday tools, perfect for encouraging lively, interactive play for children and adults!

  • Let's Build - Let’s build…a fort! Grab a pencil, draw the plans. We’ll construct it with our hands. Dad and son hit the hardware store. And then they start to build! Raise the walls up, hoist that beam. Real construction takes a team! When they’re all done, they’ll have the coolest fort ever!

  • Home Depot Big Book of Tools - Tools can be used to do so many amazing things around the house – from fixing a leaky faucet and painting a wall, to building storage shelves and planting a garden. Tool fans will find out about many different types of tools, how they work, where they are used, and much more! With fascinating facts on every page and vibrant full-color illustrations, this is the perfect book for tool enthusiasts of all ages!

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The Misplaced Toy Hammer
Written by Misti Kenison
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Sofia has misplaced her toy hammer, and detectives Fox and Goat are on the case! Young children will join them as they search a construction site for clues and learn new concepts along the way. Is the hammer long or short, round or flat, large or small? Close observers may find the hammer before our professional sleuths do! This toddler’s version of Sherlock Holmes is certain to engage and entertain young minds.

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Do-It-Yourself Day
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Bizzy Bear has a very special DIY project planned, and he needs lots of tools and help to get the job done. Young children will love helping Bizzy and all his friends measure, hammer, saw, and paint. But whatever can they be making? An ingeniously designed book with a fun surprise ending.

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Tooling Around: Crafty Creatures and the Tools They Use
Written by Ellen Jackson & illustrated by Renne Benoit
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

Simple, rhyming text introduces eleven animals and the surprising tools they use, including an octopus that hides in a coconut, a dolphin that protects its nose with a sponge, and a deer that bedecks its antlers with heaping piles of mud and grass. Secondary text offers further information about these crafty creatures.

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Stanley's Toolbox
Written & illustrated by William Bee
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

It’s another busy day with Stanley and friends!

Stanley is helping Little Woo fix up his treehouse. They need to build a ladder, fix the roof, and hang some pictures. But Stanley also has a surprise―what could it be?

An early introduction to the practical function of tools commonly found at home, this board book will appeal to Stanley’s youngest tool-loving fans.

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