Train books. There seem to be so many options, but very few truly stand out. There are a few beautifully illustrated award winners and classics, like Donald Crews’ Freight Train, Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express, and Brian Floca’s Locomotive. But like all books, these marvelous reads become less enticing with each consecutive read. This makes it important to find some new books to add to the train book repertoire. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite non-Thomas train books for your reading pleasure. But we can’t guarantee that you’ll like reading them much after the 20th time.
How to Train a Train by Jason Carer Eaton
What if you adopted a train as a pet? These kids walk the reader through the good and the bad that comes with such an unusual pet.
I’m Fast by Kate and Jim McMullan
Who would win, the train or the car? A fun book to read with kids that love anything on wheels.
Whoosh and Chug by Sebastian Braun
Whoosh is fast — sometimes too fast — and Chug is careful and takes his time. When Whoosh gets into trouble, will Chug help him out?
All Aboard by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
A rhyming story about a train’s journey that stands out for how easy it is to read and for Mike Lowery’s
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
This battle is filled with train puns and other fun, and may feel like a much needed break from saying “Choo-choo” and “All Aboard!”
Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
A book for fans of trains and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.
Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown
An old train and a new train travel out west together, and you learn all that they have in common.