Plano Reads: Transportation

Ready, set, go! Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, car, boat or something else altogether, we’ve got you covered. Check out our latest book list for some of our favorite stories about transportation and things that go.

No matter how you travel, you’re sure to set off on new adventures with this list.

This Saturday on our “Saturday Stories on the Farmstead” we are at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas to have a storytime about transportation! Be sure to check our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on November 7 for the premiere. Check out our teaser below!

Whether you’re looking for a favorite story to share or to learn something new, this list has you covered. You can see the books below and place them on hold in our catalog.

Board Books

Note: Board books are unavailable for holds requests. To check out these titles, you’ll need to come to a library and grab it from the display. The catalog link will show you where the book is available.

First Words and Pictures: On the Go Request
Introduces vocabulary for the many modes of transportation, from motor homes to airplanes.

Charlie Rides: Planes, Trains, Bikes & More! by Bob Bianchini Request
Charlie loves things that go – planes, trains, bicycles, scooters, and even spaceships! He also loves to share in the fun of each mode of transportation with his dad. But, for Charlie, the best ride of all is when his dad swoops him up onto his shoulders for a piggyback ride!

Vehicles ABC by Jannie Ho Request
This alphabet book for babies and toddlers features lots of familiar vehicles, providing hours of first-word fun. Learn the ABCs with bright pictures and a wide variety of things that go! And it’s perfect for taking along on a ride – whatever your mode of transportation.

Things That Go Vroom by Violet Peto Request
Children will love spotting the differences in this interactive book. It will help kids to recognize patterns, think creatively and logically, improve their problem-solving skills, and learn all about vehicles.

Hamsters on the Go! by Kass Reich Request
A board book featuring cute, lively hamsters that introduces babies and toddlers to modes of transportation.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton Request
When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they go to a little country town where they find that one new job leads to another.

Maisy Goes on a Plane by Lucy Cousins Request
When she goes to visit her friend Ella, Maisy gets to ride an airplane for the first time.

Freight Train by Donald Crews Request
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

Truck by Donald Crews Request
Follows the journey of a truck from loading to unloading.

Firefighter Pete by James Dean Request
Pete the Cat takes a trip to the firehouse, where he tries on a firefighter’s gear, takes a ride in a fire engine, and helps save Grumpy Toad from a burning building.

Transportation by Gail Gibbons Request
Depicts such modes of transportation as a ferryboat, a large jet plane, a sports car, a camper RV, a sailboat, and a sightseeing boat.

Subway Ride by Heather Lynn Miller Request
A fantastic journey introduces young readers to the subway system.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper Request
Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker Request
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks by Richard Scarry Request
On their way to the beach for a picnic the Pig family encounters almost every kind of transportation vehicle imaginable–and imaginary.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle Request
A small blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with a little help from his friends.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw Request
Records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.

Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw Request
Sheep on a deep-sea voyage run into trouble when it storms and are glad to come paddling into port.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems Request
When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler’s temper tantrum.

Early Reader

Ride, Fly Guy, Ride! by Tedd Arnold Request
While riding in the car with Buzz and his father, Fly Guy gets blown out of the window and finds himself riding in a truck, then a boat, a train, an airplane, and maybe even a rocket.

Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman Request
Different kinds of dogs drive cars, wear hats, run around in mazes, and even have wild parties in treetops.

Go, Go, Cars! by Jennifer Liberts Request
While driving around the neighborhood, a brother and sister discover all sorts of vehicles, encounter a parade, and go through the car wash.

Go, Go, Trucks! by Jennifer Liberts Request
Two siblings spot a variety of trucks, play with toy trucks, and watch monster trucks at a state fair.

All Aboard! by Kelly Starling Lyons Request
Ty wishes his family would play with him, but everyone is too busy before dinner-time. Luckily, Ty knows just what to do… Time for fun. Celebrate the power of imagination in All Aboard!

Junior Nonfiction

The Book of Cars and Trucks by Neil Clark Request
How does a car work? Clever Cogz knows the answer! Join Cogz the robot dog and discover all about cars, trucks, and other amazing machines. Introducing physics and engineering topics in a fun and simple way, young readers will learn all about their favorite vehicles and how they work.

Rescue Boats by Lori Dittmer Request
A basic exploration of the parts, equipment, and variations of rescue boats, the nautical rescue vehicles. Also included is a pictorial diagram of the important rescue vehicle and its equipment.

Locomotive by Brian Floca Request
Presents a visual exploration of America’s early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.

Bicycle Book by Gail Gibbons Request
Bicycles are interesting and also fun to ride. Here is a brief history of bicycles, as well as information on the different kinds there are, how they work, and the different ways they are used. A list of safety tips for bike riders is included, as well as guidelines for bike maintenance.

Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne by Tim Grove Request
Milestones of Flight takes readers soaring through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions – such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip – helped move flight upward and beyond.

A Journey Through Transportation by Tom Jackson Request
How did a volcanic eruption lead us to a robot spaceplane? Follow the link to find out… Want to know how a simple clock helped sailors find their way? Or how sand was used to make the toughest spacecraft ever? A Journey Through Transportation reveals the amazing and often surprising links that have shaped science. Discover the inspiration behind great inventions and find out what lies ahead for the future of transportation.

From Here to There: The Story of How We Transport Ourselves and Everything Else by H.P. Newquist Request
A history of transportation from primitive technology to driverless cars.

Space Travel by Jerry Stone Request
This children’s book on space travel is packed with inspiring stories and facts about space exploration, astronauts, and the first moon landing.

Cleared for Takeoff: The Ultimate Book of Flight by Rowland White Request
A compendium of flight chronicles aviation’s most dangerous, exciting, and courageous moments, including such topics as aircraft carriers, songs about flying, airline callsigns, and the space shuttle.


Be sure to browse the library catalog online here, and use your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) to place a hold request.

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