Maybe you’re a parent or maybe you just have kids in your life. Maybe you just really like the pictures. Hey, we don’t judge.
We’ve compiled a list of our top 20 construction books for children so the little girl in your life can have a book about bulldozers to match her toy and the little boy in your life can have a book about architects to match his future dream of creating big buildings one day.
- My Big Book of Trucks & Diggers by Caterpillar – Created by Caterpillar, this one has great pictures.
- If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen – Called creative and smart, this one is sure to inspire your little ones.
- Young Frank, Architect by Frank Vita – Frank Vita has created cover art for The New Yorker, so the artwork is sure to inspire any budding architects and the story is inventive and fun.
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherry Dusky Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld – Booklist called it “a standout picture book, especially for those who like wheels with their dreams.”
- Construction Sites by Felicity Brooks – With bright images and flaps, it’s engaging for little ones.
- Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson – A far more interesting way to learn numbers and subtraction.
- Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty – A New York Times Best Seller, this one follows a little girl who sees inspiration everywhere.
- Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia – It’s all about the sounds in this one with its rhythmic, playful text.
- Who Made This Cake? By Chihiro Nakagawa and Junji Koyose – What if we built cakes the way we build buildings? This is what would happen. It’s a Horn Book Fanfare Award Winner too.
- Machines At Work by Bryon Barton – This one shows people actively working, making it fun.
- Road Builders by B.G. Hennessy – For preschoolers, it explains how a road is built from start to finish and it includes a female crew member.
- B Is for Bulldozer by June Sobel and Melissa Iwai – It’s an alphabet book, but with a great story about community too.
- Big Yellow Trucks And Diggers by Caterpillar – Another one by Caterpillar. This one is a great way to learn colors.
- Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night by Brianna Caplan Sayres and Christian Slade – This is another one with rhythmic text and rhyme. It’s great for bedtime.
- Sky High by Germano Zullo and illustrated by Albertine – Following two neighbors who try to out build each other, this one is a unique take on the construction angle.
- I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines – With a lovely little story about a boy pretending to be construction vehicles, it’s one that will stick with you and your little one.
- What Can a Crane Pick Up by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Mike Lowery – Described as a fun little book that’s different and engaging, this one should be a fun read.
- Architecture According to Pigeons by Stella Gurney – This one is for the slightly older kids, but it gives an overview of famous structures. Very cool book.
- How a House Is Built by Gail Gibbons – By going through all of various roles and how they build a house, you’ll get a complete picture of the construction process.
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton – Published in 1939, this one is a sure classic that will keep the kids entertained year after year.
Bonus! One of our Product Managers, Perry S., offered a recommendation for The Wump World by Bill Peet as well.
About the book, Perry said:
“Bill Peet originally published this work more than 40 years ago. He was a former illustrator for Walt Disney before beginning his career as a writer/illustrator. The Wump World was probably my first introduction to the construction world as a preschooler. The story is about a peaceful world of happy animals, who are visited by a race of industrial focused developers. The developers come to the “wump world” to build cities and factories that end up have a damaging impact on the environment. The story follows the wumps as their habitat is impacted by their new visitors and illustrates the potential consequences of insensitive industrial development on wildlife and nature.
“Far before I was aware of politics, this story influenced by opinion on the environmental impact of construction, and built a foundation for interest in responsible and sustainable building; subjects that are profoundly significant in today’s society.”
Are there any books that we missed? Tell us in the comments!
References: Kudos to The Book Review, No Time for Flash Cards here and here , BuzzFeed Books, Babble, The Brooklyn Public Library, Holli Long Photography, and What Do We Do All Day for their recommendations.