Wee Reader Recommends: Books for a construction-obsessed toddler (aged almost 3)

Ok so I realize that I’m just adding to that gender stereotype here by borrowing construction-related books for Wee Reader. He does read other books too, Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins,  illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, Rabbit Lost by Harry Horse, and Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins being some non-construction, non-vehicle recent favorites. But he always seems to spot some truck/boat/train/construction book on the shelves and makes a beeline for it. And proudly carries it to the checkout machines himself. So in case you know of an equally construction-obsessed young one, here are some of our recommendations!


Demolition – Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Great illustrations that even an adult can appreciate, a very effective and memorable rhyme about the demolition process (including a wrecking ball, mobile crusher, wood chipper and so on), and great use of onomatopoeia (“Bim! Bam! Twock!”). This is one picture book I don’t mind re-reading (and we do this nearly every day, with Wee Reader chorusing along on most of the rhymes). Plus, there are female construction workers!

We have also read Sutton’s Farmer John’s Tractor, also a great rhyming story with lovely watercolor illustrations.


Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site – Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

A suitable book for bedtime and nap times as Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator get ready for bed – yes, they snuggle up tight with a teddy bear and snore and all that. Another almost-daily read. Some of the rhymes are stretching it a bit, in my opinion, but he loves it, and often chants the rhymes to himself.

While he is also a fan of trains, Wee Reader did not think much of Rinker’s Steam Train, Dream Train. But we have enjoyed plenty of Tom Lichtenheld-illustrated books like Cloudette, and Yes Day!


Raise the Roof – Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Elwood Smith

This book has less of a focus on the construction machinery but it’s about the building of a house (helped by a dog). Cute illustrations, the kind with a little something to spot everywhere.

Suen has also written picture books such as Subway, and Road Work Ahead. 


B is for Bulldozer – June Sobel, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

A is for Asphalt, B is for Bulldozer. We read along as a theme park is being built, all the way until Zoom! Great for learning the alphabet.

Wee Reader has also enjoyed Iwai’s Soup Day.


20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street – Mark Lee

An ice cream truck breaks down and starts a traffic jam, and luckily enough there are plenty of construction machinery like a crane truck and a cement mixer. Good for those learning to count.


Phoebe and Digger – Tricia Springstubb, illustrated by Jeff Newman

‘When Mama got a new baby, Phoebe got a new digger.” Cute story. Plus a girl and a digger!

These are some of his favorites so far. The library still has plenty for us to check out! Any recommendations??



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