12 Fantastic Train Stories for Locomotive Lovers

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Best Train Books for Kids

Choo, choo! If you have a train-obsessed child in your life, then you need to know about these terrific train books for kids, all recommended by fellow educators.

1.Trainstop by Barbara Lehman

In this wordless picture book, a young girl and her parents go on an unexpected adventure when they board a train that travels both above ground and in the subway. 

2. How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton

How to Train a Train offers a fantastical exploration of how to care for a train, which locomotive lovers will discover isn’t that much different from caring for a pet.


3. Steam, Smoke and Steel: Back in Time with Trains by Patrick O’Brien

A young boy dreams of becoming a train operator like his father, grandfather, great grandmother and other family members. While tracing the history of his family members’ work with trains, readers will learn about the history and development of locomotives.

4. Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! by Patricia Hubbell


Trains provides young readers with a humorous look at the various types of trains.

5. Subway by Christoph Niemann

In this ode to New York City’s transportation system, a father and two sons explore the simple joys of riding the train and all they see and hear on their journey.

6. My Subway Ride by Paul Dubois Jacobs

My Subway Ride chronicles every facet of what New York City train riders see, hear and experience on any given day on any train.

7. Subway by Anastasia Suen

A mother and daughter explore the lively sights and sounds of the New York City subway.

8. Subway Story by Julie Sarcone-Roach

Jessie, the New York City train has carried many passengers near and far beginning in the 1960s. As Jessie has gotten older, newer more modern trains have taken over the tracks. Based on the true story of 1960s era train cars, readers will be surprised to learn how the trains were used after their retirement.

9. Subway Ride by Heather Lynn Miller

This imaginative story takes young readers on a journey around the world via the subway systems in ten major cities.

10. Count on the Subway by Paul Dubois Jacobs

Counting from one to ten, a mother and daughter acknowledge everything they encounter on their New York City subway ride.

11. The Secret Subway by Shana Corey

The Secret Subway shares the story of Alfred Ely Beach’s idea to create New York City’s first subway system in the late 1800s.

12. Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

This fantastical bedtime story for train lovers features animal crews, cargo and illustrative text meant to send young story lovers off to a happy slumber.

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