10 Enchanting Train Books for Children of All Ages

Got a train-obsessed little one at home? Feed his curiosity with these books, and learn about the history and types of trains

By Aarthi Arun

10 Enchanting Train Books for Children of All Ages

"Choo ... Choo ... Choo ..." Have you played the game of trailing behind each other, forming a train? Many of us would have done it in our childhood. Who doesn't love trains? Trains bring vivid memories of travelling to new places and summer vacations. But, a train journey, in itself, is a learning experience because you get to meet new friends, try different foods and see new places. Share the joy of trains with your child and relive your favourite train journeys with our list of enchanting train books for children. Read on…

1. Trains by Byron Barton

Publisher: Walker Books

Age: 2 – 4 Years

Byron Barton has written many books for young toddlers, and his vehicle series is especially popular. The book, Trains, will be a sure winner for your child with its simple words and bold illustrations. She will cherish the sturdy board book for years to come.

2. Freight Train by Donald Crews

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Age: 2 – 4 Years

Teach colours to your toddler with this colourful book. With the lively illustrations, your tiny tot can also learn about the types of carriages in a train. The animated moving train and billowing steam will fascinate him.

3. Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Age: 3 – 5 Years

A part of the Amazing Machines Collection, this rhyming book is a fun way to teach the different types of trains. Your child can know about signals, road-crossing, bridges and tunnels. She will especially appreciate the fun insight on how her ears will 'pop' when the train travels through a tunnel.

4. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Publisher: Penguin

Age: 3 – 7 Years

The red engine pulling a load of food and toys to a mountain village runs out of coal. When every other big engine ignores the toys' plea for help, the little blue engine comes to the rescue. The little engine takes the load over the mountain with sheer perseverance and delivers the goods. Pick this book to encourage your preschooler to believe in himself and try hard.

5. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Age: 4 – 8 Years

A young boy travels to the North Pole in the Polar Express to receive the first gift of Christmas from Santa himself. He asks Santa for a bell from his reindeer. The bell, however, is special for only those who believe in its magic will hear its eccentric ringing. This dreamy book is a perfect read to cuddle during the holiday season.

6. Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Age: 5 – 6 Years

Sherri Duskey Ringer of Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site fame has penned this wonderful rhyming book. This story is about a child's dream of trains. It features many animals, ranging from bunny to Brachiosaur, which will delight your child. The night-time mellow illustrations are a treat for the eyes.

7. Locomotive by Brian Floca

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Age: 4 – 10 Years

Explore America's transcontinental railroad through this Caldecott Winner book. Exquisite illustrations and engaging prose come together to portray the first railway that connected the vast stretches of America. This book is a must-read for your child to go on a thrilling ride to know about how locomotives are made and their history.

8. The Railway Children by E Nesbit

Publisher: Vintage Classics

Age: 9 – 12 Years

The Railway Children is a feel-good classic that tells the tale of three siblings. The children's father is imprisoned on false accusations, and they come to live in a country house near a railway station. Life in a countryside is filled with adventure and discovery for the children. How the children save their father with their thoughtfulness is the crux of the story.

9. The Story of Trains by Jane Bingham

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Age: 9 – 12 Years

From the first locomotive of 1804 to today's super-modern trains, The Story of Trains, tells the story of all engines, old and new. The book also talks about how the initial engines had to overcome many technical challenges. Your child will be engrossed in this book, thanks to the easy-to-understand language and subtle illustrations.

10. The Railway Mice of Countesthrope by Sharon E Laker

Publisher: FriesenPress

Age: 9 – 12 Years

McGee, a mouse, has inadvertently travelled to the small village of Countesthrope in a van from Scotland. The railway mice of Countesthrope come as knights in shining armour to help McGee get back to his family. This warm tale of friendship and adventure will capture the hearts of young and old alike.

So, what are you waiting for? Get one of the above books and go on an exhilarating train journey along with your child. All aboard!