Picture Books ~ Trains


Barton, Chris
Shark vs. Train
JUV 398.8.B2852s

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more. 2010.


Brown, Margaret Wise
The Train to Timbuctoo
JUV ME COLL 398.8.B8136tr

A big train and a little train travel from Kalamazoo to Timbuctoo. 1999.


Brown, Margaret Wise
Two Little Trains
JUV ME COLL 398.8.B8136tw

Two little trains, one streamlined, the other old-fashioned puff, puff, puff, and chug, chug, chug, on their way West. 2001.


Cowley, Joy
The Bedtime Train
JUV 398.8.C8392be

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. 2008.


Farmer, Nancy
Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb
JUV 398.8.F2293c

Even though the railroad fireman senses danger ahead, he follows his engineer's command to increase the train's power so that the mysterious whistle blows. 1999.


Gauch, Patricia Lee
Christina Katerina and the Great Bear Train
JUV 398.8.G231ck

Not happy that a new baby sister is coming home from the hospital Christina Katerina takes her toy bears on a faraway train journey all over the neighborhood. 1990.


Johnson, Angela
I Dream of Trains
JUV 398.8.J6302i

The son of a sharecropper dreams of leaving Mississippi on a train with legendary engineer Casey Jones. 2003.


Kelly, Mij
William and the Night Train
JUV 398.8.K2977w

Mothers and fathers, teachers and jugglers, everyone's aboard the night train.  They're all sleepyheads, ready for bed, ready to ride the train to tomorrow, But the train won't go until wide-awake William shuts his eyes. 2001.


Kuklin, Susan
All Aboard! A True Train Story
JUV 398.8.K958a

A journey through part of the Colorado Rockies aboard a steam locomotive of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, includes historical and descriptive notes on the Durango & Silverton trains. 2003.


Lawson, Julie
Emma and the Silk Train
JUV 398.8.L445e

In a story based an a real-life incident in 1927, a young girl named Emma risks her life to recover a length of silk after a train derails and spills its precious cargo into a river. 1997.


Lewis, Kevin
Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
JUV 398.8.L5858c

A rhyming story about a toy freight train's day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day's work is done. 1999.


Macaulay, David
Black and White
JUV 398.8.M12b Awards

Four brief stories about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? 1990.


Mallat, Kathy
Trouble on the Tracks
JUV ME COLL 398.8.M2957t

There's Trouble with a capital "T" lurking among the familiar faces as a train makes its way through the villages along its route. 2001.


Rockwell, Anne
Whoo! Whoo! Goes the Train
JUV 398.8.R593ww

Allan, who loves trains and learns all that he can about them, has a wonderful time when he finally takes his first train ride. 2009.


Spencer, Jamie
The Train to Maine
JUV ME COLL 398.8.S7454t

In rhyming text, describes the sights along the train ride from Boston to Maine, as well as the fun things to be done when one arrives "down east." 2008.


Sweet, Melissa
Tupelo Rides the Rails
JUV ME COLL 398.8.S9744t

After being left by the side of a road with nothing but her favorite sock toy, Tupelo meets a pack of dogs led by Garbage Pail Tex as they are wishing for new homes, then joins them as they catch a passing train and share stories of dog heroes. 2008.