Once upon a time, my (now college-age) son and I would visit the library every week looking for “train books”. And together we read every. single. one. Repeatedly. Which is a GREAT THING! He’s now an avid reader and library user. I ran across a few train books as I was searching for titles to add to our Mock Caldecott list…I know these would have been favorites back in the day. Maybe they’ll become favorites of your little train-lover!
|How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by John Rocco, is a fantastic story that is actually a guidebook that “contains everything you need to know to choose, track, and train your very own pet train”.I have no idea where John Rocco gets his paint, but his palette is amazing — beautiful work with shadow and light, and hues that have an almost nostalgic feel to them. Love it!|
|Train, by Elisha Cooper, allows readers to experience many different kinds of modern trains, including a commuter train, a passenger train, and a freight train.Panoramic watercolor paintings provide a glimpse into the landscapes and architecture surrounding the world of trains. Absolutely beautiful.|
|Brian Floca’s Locomotive provides an historical glimpse at what it was like to ride the Transcontinental Railroad of the 1860s.This book really needs to be seen — and read aloud. Detailed paintings bring the past alive for readers of all ages. Even the text becomes part of the art, at times, and it works so well!If you’re like me and you want to know more, there are notes and sources at the end of the book, as well as on the endpapers.|