This is a list of 10 construction books for preschoolers that will make reading fun for preschoolers that are interested in construction or trucks. Includes links and information on 10 different books about construction. Written and recommended by a mom and librarian.
Following Your Child’s Interests
As a mom, librarian, and teacher, I believe in following a child’s interests when it comes to reading and education. In Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do, Daniel T. Willingham (2015), discusses the importance of getting kids reading as a way to build their confidence and positive associations with reading in order to make them life-long readers. One way to do this is to read with your kids at a young age and to read what they are interested in.
One of the first interests that emerged for my son around the age of two, was big trucks and construction. He loved the excavator and dump truck more than anything. He would excitedly call out the construction machines that we saw as we drove along or from the stroller when we went for a walk.
This also meant that any book he can across with a truck in it was a fast favorite. During that time I set out to find books that were about or included construction trucks in them.
I would like to share with you the best books that I found for this interest in case you find yourself with a similar construction-loving child.
10 of the Most Exciting Construction Books for Preschoolers
This book certainly lives up to its name! It is basically an encyclopedia of construction. The book shows which machines are used for each task and what it takes to build different things. If your child is interested in how things are made and what construction machines do, they will love learning from this book!
This book is great for kids who are fascinated with sounds (my son is). It includes 10 different construction sounds and identifies the items on the page as they go about their jobs. This is a great book to teach your child the names of all of the construction machines and tools. If they’re fascinated by construction trucks and ask what each machine or item is (as kids do), this book will help give them the vocabulary they are looking for.
Not to mention, kids love pressing buttons and hearing new sounds!
This is one of the books that taught my son the specific names of the different construction trucks. It goes through each of the machines. The book describes each machine, along with its job and tasks. Then the machine shuts down for the night and goes to sleep. This also provides a nice story for bedtime.
It has an evacuator, crane truck, cement mixer, dump truck, and bulldozer. This book is great for kids who are fascinated by construction trucks and want to learn more about the different types of construction machines.
I know what you’re thinking. This book is about a truck, not construction! Hold on, there’s a dump truck in this book. Just one. But it is a key character and part of the message of how important it is to be considerate of others.
My son always gets so excited when the dump truck shows up! It’s like a nice construction surprise. Plus, this is one of the few construction books that has a theme/motif. I think your construction truck-loving child will love this one as much as mine.
This is a lift-the-flap book that covers the trucks you see around the frame of the book cover. It names the truck, explains its role, and gives some extra details about specific items on the truck under the flaps. My son loved looking at the different types of “big trucks.”
It has an excavator and a dump truck, as far as construction trucks go. This one is fun for little ones to explore. Let your child interact with it rather than worrying about reading everything.
One possible negative to this one is that it names the excavator a “Digger.” This didn’t bother me, but if you want your child to learn the correct names, you might want to introduce this one after some others that establish the excavator as an excavator.
This, once again, goes through a lot of different types of trucks (garbage trucks, snow plows, fire trucks, monster trucks, etc.) alongside the common construction trucks.
It’s a well-written kind of bedtime lullaby that I’m sure your child will love. Each page highlights a different type of truck and asks how they sleep at night. (This book also calls the excavator a digger.)
Hide-and-Seek at the Construction Site: A Hidden Pictures® Lift-the-Flap book (Highlights Lift-the-Flap Books)
This book has a lot going on. It introduces children to construction sites and discusses what the trucks will build. This is one that can grow with your child. While a younger child may be interested in the story and pictures, an older child will be able to participate in the included activity.
Children can lift the flaps to learn what to look for on each page. The one downside to this is that the objects are random items, instead of construction-related items. For example, a slice of bread, a needle, etc. It would have been nice if the search and find aspect had kept with the construction theme, but a fun activity nonetheless.
This book has a nice cadence as it describes roadwork in a fun, rhymic way that is sure to keep a child’s attention. It uses words to describe the sounds the roadwork makes and has fantastic illustrations that include a large number of construction machines.
The one complaint I have is that the names of the machines aren’t included in the book. I think it would have been great if each page had them labeled. Young children love to ask and identify items, especially those that they are interested in. This can be resolved by using one of the other books to build that knowledge before reading this one.
This is the sequel to Roadwork and comes back to tell the story of tearing down. It uses the same cadence and fun, almost sign-song language as the previous book. The graphics are incredible and your construction-loving child is sure to love seeing his/her favorite machines at work in this book.
This one, again, doesn’t have the names of the machines, but if your child has read all the books on this list, at this point, they probably know them already.
This is a great construction-themed ABC book. If your child loves construction, introducing the ABCs to him/her in this way might grab their attention. It’s a great option to have and a good way to learn their letters alongside something that your child is interested in.
There are a couple of ABC construction books, but the graphics and flow of this one stood out to me as the best.
Those are the 10 best books for construction-loving preschoolers that I’ve come across. I hope this list helps you if you’re looking for construction books for your preschooler or if you’re looking for a way to engage your child with reading by building on his/her interests.
Willingham. (2015). Raising Kids Who Read : What Parents and Teachers Can Do. (1st ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.