Kids of all ages are fascinated by big trucks and construction vehicles! These construction books for preschoolers are a great way to learn about a variety of diggers, plows, concrete mixers, lifts, and more while expanding vocabulary and literacy skills too. So pick up some of these fun children’s books about construction vehicles and you are ready to cuddle up and read!
Kids are often fascinated with construction vehicles and the work that they can do. This list of construction books for preschoolers offers a variety of fiction and nonfiction books introducing readers to the many types of vehicles and the work that they do.
Construction books for preschoolers
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld uses a rhyming text and oil crayon illustrations of adorable truck characters to soothe little ones to sleep. The text explores the many jobs of the vehicles as they complete a hard days work.
Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction by James Dean follows the popular cat character as he calls together a construction crew to build a new playground. The illustrations feature cute animal characters running the construction vehicles.
The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Rob Bolster pairs each letter of the alphabet with a construction term. Each page features the letter in large print, a paragraph describing the chosen term, and a detailed illustration.
Three Cheers for Kid McGear! by Sherri Duskey Rinker and AG Ford tells the story of Kid McGear, the skid steer who joins the Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site crew and tries to prove herself worthy. When the other trucks are stumped by a steep cliff, it is up to Kid McGear to save the day.
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres and Christian Slade is a bedtime story for kids who love construction vehicles. The story shares how the vehicles spend their day working hard and then settle in for bed, just like kids do.
Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard and David Slonim is a collection of poems about various construction vehicles. Each rhyming poem features a different truck, and highlights the jobs that they do.
Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney follows a group of construction vehicles and a little excavator as they work together to turn an empty lot into a park. The text is full of fun sounds as the trucks do their jobs and even the littlest truck gets a chance to shine.
The Truck Book by Harry McNaught is an informative guide to all kinds of trucks. The text is full of interesting facts, while the detailed illustrations are sure to engage the youngest truck lovers.
Roadwork by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock is a brightly colored rhyming book that walks the reader through road work done by a construction crew. The rhyming text is full of fun noises, showing the reader each step of the process.
Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Construction Site by Richard Scarry introduces readers to construction vehicles and their purposes. The simple text is accompanied by labeled illustrations featuring Scarry’s popular animal characters working and running the various machines.
Let’s Build by Zoe Waring is an interactive board book that encourages the reader to take part in the building of a new park. The text asks readers to interact with the brightly colored pages, and explores the work done by the crew.
Building a House by Byron Barton introduces the youngest readers to the process of building a house. The very simple text is accompanied by colorful illustrations that show a team working together to build a house.
Diggersaurs by Michael Whaite combines dinosaurs and construction vehicles to create a fun story about vehicles who work to build and demolish. The simple text is full of construction noises, while the illustrations combine the dinosaurs and the trucks in fun ways.
Construction Site Mission: Demolition! by Sherri Duskey Rinker and AG Ford joins the beloved Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site crew as they gather for demolition day. The rhyming text and colorful illustrations follow the vehicles as they work together to bring down a building.
Bedtime for Little Bulldozer by Elise Broach and Barry E. Jackson is a sweet bedtime story focused on a little bulldozer and his struggles to fall asleep. Little ones will love watching the little truck deal with the same bedtime routines they are familiar with.
Good Night Dozers by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper says good morning and good night to all kinds of construction vehicles and the operators who control them. Kids will love the way the soothing book lulls the trucks and the readers to sleep.
Motor Goose: Rhymes that Go! by Rebecca Colby and Jef Kaminsky is a collection of Mother Goose rhymes rewritten around various vehicles. Kids will love the familiar rhymes, and the hilarious illustrations of the vehicles brought to life.
Breakers & Builders by Steve Light follows a brother and sister as they head to a construction site to bring their father his lunchbox. The brightly colored illustrations and the simple text explore all the noises and sights found on an urban construction site.
Construction People by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Ellen Shi is a collection of poems highlighting all of the people who work together to create a building. The poems are accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations.
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz and Eda Kaban turns the popular children’s song into a celebration of various trucks and construction vehicles, adding new noises to the peppy song.
The Ultimate Construction Site Book by Anne Sophie-Baumann and Didier Balicevic introduces readers to various construction sites through detailed, labeled illustrations, and factual tidbits. Kids will love using the flaps, pull tabs, and wheels to move the illustrations and dive deeper into them.
Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha follows a young boy who dreams of owning his own digger and using it to build. The simple text and the cute illustrations will draw in very young truck enthusiasts.
Dirt Machines by M. Kaye David explores construction vehicles through easy to read factual text and clear, photographs. The table of contents at the beginning of the book outlines all of the vehicles explored within.
What’s Up, Construction Truck? by Matthew Reinhart and Toby Leigh follows a team of construction workers as they get to work on a job site. The innovative book can even be opened and folded to create a 3-D bulldozer.
Dino Builders! by Derek Alexandrenko and Ilkhom Kasimov shares the story of a team of dinosaurs who use construction vehicles to work on a job site. Kids will love the illustrations featuring the adorable dinosaur characters.
Construction activities for kids
Looking for more fun, FREE, and clever construction themed activities for kids?
- Try this Construction Free Phonics Game where kids will listen for beginning sounds and put that box on the correct truck. There are optional boxes to match upper and lowercase letters too!
- Construction Worksheets. to practice a variety of math and literacy skills
- Constructin preschool sight word activities with a fun-to-play, free printable board game!
- Tools matching upper and lowercase letters game printable
- Construction theme Preschool with lots of clever and fun ideas
- Tools Playdough Mats
- Construction Playdough Mats – Counting to 20 Math Activity for Preschoolers
- Trace the Alphabet Letters on these cute Construction Printables
- HUGE pack of Construction Worksheets for practicing a variety of skills
- Free printable letter tracing construction worksheet
- I know my Tools Printable Reader for Construction Worksheets
- Construction Printables Letter Tracing Strips
- EPIC Construction SLIME recipe for playing with construction trucks laying a road
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