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Tonka trucks and construction site books were huge in my home when my boys were younger.
When they were little, we bought a house in a brand new neighborhood. There were houses going up all around us. That meant, there were construction vehicles coming and going all the time as they dug and poured foundations. There were dirt piles and dump trucks. It was a little boys dream!
If your little ones love diggers and dumpers, too, they’ll love these picture books about construction sites and big trucks!
Construction Site Books
The Ultimate Construction Site Book – The sounds, sights, and activity of a construction site provide for endless fascination. Packed with more than 60 tabbed moving parts to pull, lift, and explore; crammed with meticulous detail of vehicles, buildings, and techniques; here’s a book that will satisfy even the most curious of kids. Whether it’s building a bridge or a skyscraper, a giant ship or a tunnel, there’s a wealth of color, action, and knowledge to be gleaned on each of the ten spreads of this oversized book.
A Year at a Construction Site – Describes how a school is built over twelve months and gives a bird’s eye view of the whole process in eight scenes.
Mighty Dads – MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.
Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction – When Pete sees that the playground is in bad shape, he gets a totally groovy idea—make a new playground! Pete calls in construction workers and cement mixers, backhoes and dump trucks to build the coolest playground ever. In the end, Pete learns that to make something special, you have to dream big.
Dig Dig Digging – Trucks and tractors, fire engines and helicopters―they all like to work hard. But after a long, happy day of beep-beeping and vroom-vrooming, even the busiest engines need to rest. This bright, bouncy, noise-filled book brings together all the vehicles that children adore.
Construction Kitties – Preschoolers can join the Construction Kitties for a busy day on the job. From sunup to sundown, these friendly felines work hard as they operate dump trucks, bulldozers, and backhoes. But it’s not all work―a lunch break of sardines and milk hits the spot. Then it’s back to the trucks to finish their grand construction. What will it be? A playground for kitties!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site – As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? – The bedtime rituals of little diggers and dump trucks at a construction site should be quite familiar to kids saying goodnight.
Dig, Dogs, Dig – In Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail, Duke heads up a pack of construction worker dogs as they suit up in boots, gloves, goggles and dirt-digging suits to build a park! The dogs get to use all kinds of cool equipment—a crane, a dump truck, a loader, a bulldozer, and a cement truck. Most fun of all they get to dig. Like all dogs, they love digging.
Work, Dogs, Work – Top dog Duke and his busy crew have a big day of construction fun ahead of them as they race to repair a road. With miles of new road to lay, our favorite doggy construction team gets to work using equipment like bulldozers, steamrollers, and paving trucks. But what happens when a big hill blocks the way? Time to bring in the demolition crew!
Backhoe Joe – When Nolan finds a stray backhoe in the street, he can’t wait to adopt it. But this backhoe is not very well behaved. As Nolan tries to train his new pet, he learns that maybe this backhoe already has a home.
Digger, Dozer, Dumper – Sixteen boisterous, rhyming poems — each one highlighting the job and personality of a different vehicle, from a backhoe to an ambulance to a snowplow — invite young children to meet their favorite trucks face-to-face.
Construction – There’s lots of noise and excitement involved in building a library! Preschoolers will clamor to take a close look.
Roadwork – There are many big machines and busy people involved in building a road, and this riveting board book follows them every step of the way. From clearing a pathway (screek! ) to rolling the tar (squelch! ) to sweeping up at the end (swish! ), Roadwork is sure to delight young truck-lovers with its rambunctious rhymes and noisy fun.
One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction – A counting book that follows the construction of a building, from one plan to twelve stories. Readers are invited to find hidden numbers on an illustrated activity page.
The Truck Book – Text and illustrations describe a variety of trucks and their functions.
B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC – Get ready for a ride through the alphabet at a busy construction site. There’s a big yellowBulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, and a rusty red Dump truck—and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?
The Construction Alphabet Book – Explore construction equipment in this noisy alphabet book.
My First Trucks and Diggers – Explore the exciting world of trucks and diggers in this tabbed picture book that leads children to 13 fun activity spreads.
My Truck is Stuck! – My Truck Is Stuck. Rotten luck. Can’t go! My truck is stuck. Tug and tow. Two engines roar. But the truck won’t go. Not one inch more. Does anyone know how to make my stuck truck go?