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Chug-a chug: Books about Trains

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Count on the Subway
by Paul DuBois Jacobs Details
Illustrations and rhythmic text describe the sights and sounds of a subway ride in New York City as a mother and child go uptown, counting their way from one to ten and back again.
Freight Train
by Donald Crews Details
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
Freight Trains in Action
by Adele Richardson Details
You hear a long whistle in the distance. Then the ground seems to shake a bit. Here comes a freight train! Freight trains carry cargo from one place to another. Learn more about these exciting vehicles in Freight Trains in Action.
by Brian Floca Details
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
Railroad Hank
by Lisa Moser Details
On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.
Steam Train, Dream Train
by Sherri Duskey Rinker Details
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.
Subway Ride
by Heather Miller Details
A wondrous trip through ten of the world's subway stations brings five children together, showing how travel through different cultures creates community.
The Bedtime Train
by Joy Cowley Details
As a child falls asleep, the bedtime train rolls into his room, taking him to a fantastical world of penguins, a gum machine, and a train engineer named Brad.
The Rain Train
by Elena de Roo Details
A young boy watches and listens as the Rain Train takes him on a ride past city lights, over rivers, and through tunnels one rainy night.
by Elisha Cooper Details
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.
by Barbara Lehman Details
In this wordless picture book, a young girl takes a train and makes a stop at a most unusual place where she has an important task to perform.
Two Little Trains
by Margaret Wise Brown Details
Two little trains, one streamlined, the other old-fashioned, puff, puff, puff, and chug, chug, chug, on their way West.
Updated 07/02/2014
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