Train Books

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Board Books

Trains Go!
by Steve Light
Trains grumble, roar, and squeak their way through this board book.

Thomas at the Animal Park
Thomas and his load of passengers visit the Animal Park. 

Thomas’ Railway Friends
Introduces all of the engines who work along with Thomas the Tank Engine and describes their duties on the Island of Sodor.

Thomas the Tank Engine Counts to Ten
Based on The Railway series by the Rev. W. Awdry.

Train Man
by Andrea Griffin Zimmerman
A young boy imagines what it would be like to drive a train and take his little brother along for the ride. 

Picture Books

 All fiction is shelved alphabetically by the author's last name

Shark vs. Train
by Chris Barton
A playful rivalry between a shark and a locomotive culminates in a burping contest, high-stakes bowling game and pie-eating competition in a tale that also encourages youngsters to pick a favorite champion and envision wacky scenarios.

And the Train Goes...
by William Bee
Young locomotive fans can climb aboard for a quirky look at life on a train as assorted passengers comment on their train ride, and the train itself goes "Chuff-chuff, chufferty-chuff," while the station parrot carefully listens to every sound. 

The Adventure Begins
by Andrew Brenner
How did Thomas the Tank Engine arrive on the Island of Sodor? How did he become the number 1 little blue engine?  

Two Little Trains
by Margaret Wise Brown
Two little trains, one streamlined, the other old-fashioned, puff, puff, puff, and chug, chug, chug, on their way West.  

How to Train a Train
by Jason Eaton Carter
A whimsical guide to training a "pet train" instructs young enthusiasts about important issues including where trains live, what they like to eat, and how to get them to perform the best train tricks. 

Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap
by Deborah Bodin Cohen
Hurrying home to celebrate Hanukkah, Engineer Air screeches his train to a halt to avoid hitting a stubborn camel sitting on the tracks, and when the camel's Bedouin owner invites Ari to his tent, the two form a new friendship as they share an impromptu Hanukkah celebration while waiting for help to arrive.  

Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express
by Deborah Bodin Cohen
When the friends he has made on the new railroad line give Engineer Ari things to help build and decorate a sukkah in his courtyard, he is sad that they cannot come and enjoy it with him. 

by Elisha Cooper
Board a commuter train in New York, then follow the journey west and see the stations, the scenery, the different types of trains, and all the people who travel and work on the railroad system. 

Railroad John and the Red Rock Run
by Tony Crunk
Lonesome Bob and Granny Apple Fritter have to get to Red Rock by two o'clock or Lonesome will miss his wedding, but Railroad John has never been late so nothing will keep him from pulling the train in by 1:59.

Dinosaur Rescue
by Penny Dale
When a crew of builder dinosaurs break down on a level crossing, they know the only thing they can do to save themselves is to call Dinosaur Rescue! In no time at all, help is on its way, but will the Dinosaur Rescue team get there in time to stop the train? 

Danger at the Dieselworks
While Thomas the Tank Engine befriends the new steam engine Belle, Percy makes friends with the diesel engines at the diesel works, and it causes tensions to flare in the town of Sodor. 

The Littlest Train
by Chris Gall
When a toy train falls off a train table, he gets lost in the outside world, but after meeting many different trains who help him along the way, he is finally able to return home.

All Aboard for Dreamland
by Melanie Harby
Takes the young reader on a rollicking, nighttime train ride through Wiggletown, Giggletown, the land of Strrrretch, Groggy Grove, and the town of Yawwwwwn on the way to Dreamland. 

Tenth Avenue Cowboy
by Linda Oatman High
In 1910, when his family moves to New York City from their ranch out West, Ben misses the cowboys and the prairies that they left behind, but after he learns that there are cowboys in the city who race along the railroad tracks and warn people of approaching trains, he begins to feel more at home.

Hooray for Thomas! : And Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories
Filled with gentle humor and lots of photos, here are three fun new stories about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.

I Dream of Trains
by Angela Johnson
At the turn of the twentieth century, a young African-American boy longs to travel America with his idol, engineer Casey Jones, but when Casey dies in a train crash, the boy's dreams are shattered until his father gives him purpose.   

Stormy’s Hat: Just Right for a Railroad Man
by Eric A. Kimmel
As Stormy, a railroad engineer, searches for the perfect hat--one that will not blow off, get too hot, or shade his eyes too much--his wife, Ida, becomes increasingly annoyed that he will not let her help.  

Follow the Track All the Way Back
by Timothy Knapman
Whizzing down the track all by himself for the first time, Little Train rattles across a bridge, over a mountain and along a river before realizing that he has become lost and remembering his parents' advice about how to find his way home. 

Tom Mouse
by Ursula Le Guin
Tom Mouse hides on the train he has boarded for travel and adventure, but an old woman finds and befriends him. 

Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
by Kevin Lewis
A rhyming story about a toy freight train's day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day's work is done. 

A Train Goes Clickety-Clack
by Jonathan London
Trains are fast. Trains are sleek. Trains make wonderful sounds as the wheels clatter, boilers hiss, and couplings clang.  

I’m Fast
by Kate McMullan
Two trains race each other on the way to Chicago.

BeBop Express
by H. L. Panahi
A rollicking rhythmic express train takes passengers on a jazzy journey that celebrates the United States and its unique musical culture. 

Old Tracks, New Tricks
by Jessica Petersen
Wooden train tracks Trixie, Tracky, and Tinker are thrilled to finally join a train set of their own. Unfortunately, their excitement derails when they discover things at their new home are not what they expected. Bossy wooden trains blare orders, and the old tracks snore on the floor. But with a little creativity, the three new tracks work together to prove that you really can teach old tracks — and trains! — new tricks. 

The Little Engine That Could
by Watty Piper
The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill. 

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track
by Joshua Prince
Jack, a railroad switchman, frantically tries to save an ant who is heading east on a westbound track, straight into the path of an oncoming freight train. 

All Aboard
by Mary Lyn Ray
Mr. Barnes goes on a train trip and enjoys all the sights and sounds of the ride. 

Steam Train, Dream Train
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
In this book with rhyming text, the dream train pulls into the station and all the different cars are loaded by the animal workers, each with the appropriate cargo. 

Risky Rails
When a little engine is blamed for something he didn't do, Thomas the Tank Engine becomes determined to clear his name.

All Aboard to Work—Choo! Choo!
by Carol Roth
It's a bustling morning at the train station as bears, ducks, roosters, and other animals dressed in uniforms and business attire wave good-bye to their families, hop aboard the train, and head to work. 

Big Choo
by Stephen Shaskan
Little Choo wants to be just like his father Papa Pufferbelly, but pulling a line of freight cars up a steep mountain might be a little too much for the small engine. 

Tupelo Rides the Rails
by Melissa Sweet
After being left by the side of a road with nothing but her favorite sock toy, Tupelo meets a pack of dogs led by Garbage Pail Tex as they are wishing for new homes, then joins them as they catch a passing train and share stories of dog heroes. 

Percy’s Chocolate Crunch and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories
A collection of stories about Percy, Harold the Helicopter, and other friends of Thomas the tank engine. 

Thomas’ Color Book
Thomas and his friends explore the colors as they make their way around the island of Sodor. 

Mailing May
by Michael O. Tunnel
In 1914, because her family cannot afford a train ticket to her grandmother's town, May gets mailed and rides the mail car on the train to see her grandmother.

Hey Mr. Choo Choo, Where Are You Going?
by Susan Wickberg
A train engine hauls his cars from the city to the sea, answering questions about what he is pulling, seeing, and hearing along the way. 

Line 135
by Germano Zullo
A young girl on a train en route to her grandmother's house in the country, reflects on traveling through the world and life.  


Go Train, Go
by W. Awdry
Easy-to-read, lyrical text tells how cautious Thomas the Tank Engine gives a ride to a judge who is in a big hurry to get to a train show but many objects keep slowing down Thomas's progress.

Happy Birthday, Thomas!
Thomas the Tank engine thinks that all the other engines are too busy to help him celebrate his birthday, but he is in for a surprise. 

James Goes Buzz, Buzz
James, a red train engine with many important things to do, tries to get rid of a group of bees that find his warm boiler a cozy place to sit. 

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip
by James Dean
Embarking on a train trip to visit his grandmother, Pete the Cat accompanies the conductor on a tour of the train, looks at the engine, and blows the whistle while making new friends and playing train-themed games. 

Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train
by Claudia Mills
Gus waves at the train passing by his grandfather's house, sets up an old toy train, and eventually gets to ride the real thing with his grandfather. 

Huff and Puff
by Tish Rabe
Traveling along the rails with his engine buddy, Huff, a little caboose named Puff clicks and clacks endlessly until the day that the friends decide to switch places, with unexpected results. 

Secret of the Green Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine investigates what Luke, a small green engine, did in his past that causes him to hide at the quarry. 

Stuck in the Mud
Spencer goes to tell on Thomas the Tank Engine for helping to repair an old engine named Hiro, but falls in the mud on the way. 

The Good Sport
Thomas is determined to go to the Great Railway Show, even though the big engines tell him he is not big enough or strong enough to compete. 

Thomas and the School Trip
Attempting to hurry through his work so that he can give some school children a ride, Thomas the Tank Engine must overcome a series of obstacles.


Train to Somewhere
by Eve Bunting
Heading west aboard the Orphan Train, shy, plain Marianne soothes her fears over not being adopted by hoping that her mother will claim her along the way, but no one seems to want her, until she reaches the end of the line, a town called Somewhere. 

Nate and the Great Owl Express
by Marjorie Sharmat
When his cousin, Olivia Sharp, asks Nate and his dog, Sludge, to watch over her pet owl, Hoot, while traveling aboard the Owl Express, Nate thinks it's an easy job, but when Hoot goes missing, Nate must follow all the clues to locate the little bird before the train reaches its final destination. 

Chapter Books

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits
by Michael D. Beil
In 1938, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.  

by Karen Cushman
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery. 

The Journal of Sean Sullivan
by William Durbin
In 1867, fifteen-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Rairoad. 

Strangers on a Train
by Carolyn Keene
Having recently disembarked from the Arctic Star cruise ship, Nancy, Bess, and George suffer a series of near-misses before realizing that the unexplained mayhem that occurred aboard the ship has followed them onto dry land.  

This Would Make a Good Story Someday
by Dana Alison Levy
Although not thrilled when her summer plans are upended for a surprise cross-country train trip with her family and embarrassed because one of her moms is writing a tell-all book about the trip, twelve-year-old Sara Johnston-Fischer finds herself changing along with the landscape outside the train windows.

Lucy’s Wish
by Joan Lowery Nixon
In the late 1800s, ten-year-old Lucy is forced to live a lonely life on the streets of New York after her mother suddenly dies, but things dramatically change for her when she discovers an orphan's group that sends children out West to be adopted by new families. 

The Boundless
by Kenneth Oppel
Aboard "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

by Diane L. Wilson
Donning his father's boots and traveling through the post-Civil War American West to take a job building the Transcontinental Railroad, Malachy struggles to work peacefully beside Asian co-workers he distrusts but reconsiders his prejudices when a Chinese youth is wrongly accused of stealing. 

Spanish Books

Freight Train = Tren de carga
by Donald Crews
El Libro de Honor de Caldecott ya esta disponible en una edición bilingüe para el encanto de los lectores en español e inglés. Por medio de palabras poderosos e ilustraciones vibrantes, Donald Crews evoca la esencia de ruedas rodando inexorablemente, que hasta un niño sin haber tenido la suerte de contar los vagones de un tren sentirá que ha visto pasar un tren de carga. 

Las travesuras de Tomas y otros cuentos
Adventure with Gordon, Henry, and Thomas highlight these four classic stories in which all the engines learn about cooperation, teasing, and rising to a big challenge.

La pequena locomotora que si pudo
by Watty Piper
Now Spanish readers can enjoy the best selling story of The Little Engine That Could? in this Spanish language edition, with all of the original illustrations and the complete story. 

Que Duermas Bien, Pequeno Tren
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
El tren de los sueños llega a la estación. Hay que cargar las mercancias: los osos polares meten los helados en el vagón frigorífico, los elefantes llenan los tanques de pintura, las tortugas colocan los coches de carreras en el vagón portaautomóviles, los canguros se ocupan de que las pelotas vayan en sus contenedores. ¡Los entusiastas de los trenes tienen asegurados los mas dulces e imaginativos sueños!