Topic Books about Transport for Children EYFS & KS1

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The Great Balloon Hullaballoo by Peter Bently 

When Simon the squirrel’s mum sends him off to the shop, Simon decides to fly to the moon in Old Uncle Somerset’s hot air balloon in search of cheese. Shopping in outer space is very exciting, but proves to be a bit of a distraction . . .

The Way Back Home

by Oliver Jeffers

One day, a boy found an aeroplane in his cupboard. He didn’t remember leaving it in there, but he thought he’d take it out for a go right away. At first, all went well and the plane flew higher  until suddenly, with a splutter, it ran out of petrol. The boy was stuck on the moon and he was not alone.


Around the World in 80 Ways

by DK

A fascinating and engaging non-fiction picture book exploring 80 exciting ways to travel, both past and present - from the obvious, to the crazy! Travel around the world by yacht, tram, train, unicycle, jetpack, camel... any way you can imagine!

You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck 

Never put a camel in a sailing boat, or a tiger on a train, and don't even THINK about asking a whale to ride a bike ... This riotous picture book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles.


Emma Jane's Aeroplane 

by Katie Haworth 

Emma Jane zooms off in her aeroplane around the world. Along the way she makes a crew of animal friends who save the day when the little plane gets into trouble... A rhyming narrative and a zingy female protagonist, this tale is perfect for little explorers everywhere.


On The Train 

by Carron Brown

Discover the excitement of life on the rails, perfect for budding train enthusiasts! Simply by holding the pages up to light, young readers can see inside the engine, meet the people who work on the trains, and discover where the trains they travel on go at night.


Naughty Bus by Jan Oke

When a little boy gets a toy double-decker bus as a gift, he uses his imagination to make the bus come to life. The little bus gets into all sorts of trouble -driving over the table, crashing through breakfast and falling in a lake. The toy bus is certainly naughty!​

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break, he gives the reader just one instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this original and funny book demands audience participation!


Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine 

by P Bentley

The sheep on the hillside when suddenly something went ZOOM! overhead.“Let’s go and see what it is!” they all said. And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure in a magnificent yellow flying machine…

All Aboard For The Bobo Road

by Steven Davies

All aboard! Help count on bikes, sacks of rice and even chickens as the bus travels all the way to the city of Bobo. A wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing African culture.


The Hundred Decker Bus

by Mike Smith

What if one day a bus driver turned down a new and exciting road and picked up new and exciting people?  Join the exciting bus journey as it travels anywhere and everywhere, growing taller and taller with each adventure!


Duck in a Truck

by Jez Alborough

This is the tale of a duck in a truck - 
a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck. A sheep in a jeep and a frog in a bush saw the truck stuck and gave it a push. But the truck stayed stuck! What now, can you guess? Could a goat in a boat get them out of this mess? 


All Kinds of Cars 

by Carl Johanson 

This partly true, partly fictitious book is a fantastic visual collection of cars and other wacky forms of transportation. Explore the ordinary along with the extraordinary - from fire engines and snow plows to galactic buses and guitar cars. 


Violet the Pilot

by Steve Breen

By the time she's two, Violet can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of...


Last Stop on Market Street 

by Matt de la Peña 

CJ begins his weekly bus journey around the city with disappointment and dissatisfaction, wondering why he and his family can't drive a car like his friends. Through energy and encouragement, CJ's nana helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine.

Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart 

by Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

Told as a story for children to enjoy, we follow Amelia Earhart, whose strong will and self-belief helped her overcome prejudice and technical problems to become the first female flier to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. A perfect story to realise that anything is possible!


Little Kids First Big Book of Things That Go 

by National Geographic Kids

More than 100 colourful photos are paired with age-appropriate text that explains how race cars, bicycles, rockets, and many other modes of transportation work. A book to inspire kids to be curious, ask questions, and explore the world around them.

A Journey Through Transport

by Chris Oxlade 

From steam engine to spaceship, tractor to tandem, take a journey into the weird and wonderful world of transportation! Travel back in time and explore the first bikes, cars, trains, and planes. Then discover shiny new modes of transport and explore the amazing ways machines transport us around today. 

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