Black and white photograph of an old steam engine in 1902 with the words I think I can, labeled books about trains

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This month kicks off with National Read Across America Day on March 2nd! 

The National Education Association (NEA) launched the Read Across America initiative in 1997 to encourage children to read more books and get kids excited about reading. The first Read Across America Day was celebrated on March 2, 1998, and the event has been held annually ever since on the school day closest to March 2nd. 

But, did you know that March 2nd is also the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss? It’s no coincidence that these two events coincide. Dr. Seuss is known for authoring and illustrating over 60 children’s books, including many of the most popular children’s books of all time.

Dr. Seuss’s appreciation for art, literature, learning, and pioneering has inspired us to create a list of books highlighting one of our favorite things: trains!

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is a classic children’s book that explores one boy’s mysterious journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve! Explore the wonders of the holidays and trains while reading about his magical adventures.

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

Stop counting sheep and start counting trains! The Goodnight Train is the perfect bedtime read for sleepy children. Hold onto your pillowcase as you travel by train through the countryside, over hills, and through tunnels until your little one is fast asleep.

The Potty Train by David Hochman

The Potty Train is the perfect book for potty training and will have you and your little one screaming chugga chugga poo poo on the way to the potty! 

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Little Engine That Could tells the story of a train that breaks down while trying to deliver toys to the town’s children. Cheer along the little blue engine as it tries to get the toys over the hill.

Trains: A Complete History by Philip Steele

If you are interested in learning the history of the trains that shaped our nation, this two-in-one book is perfect for train enthusiasts of all ages! It includes press-out model train pieces for you to build and collect.

Diesel the Naughty Engine by Reverend W. Awdry

Diesel the naughty engine is constantly getting into trouble! Find out if he continues to play tricks on other engines or if he comes to Thomas’s rescue!

Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis 

There is no better time to tell a train story that rhymes! Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo tells the story of a father and son’s adventures while transporting cargo and rhyming along the way!

Curious George Takes a Train by Margaret & HA Rey

Get on board with Curious George as he learns all about how trains work!

Thomas the Train Book Box Set by Dr. Seuss 

This Thomas & Friends book set features 4 mini Thomas the Train stories: Go Train, Go!; Stop, Train, Stop!; A Crack in the Track!; and Blue Train, Green Train. This set also includes a Thomas & friends lunch box – Perfect for any Thomas the Train lovers!

Wind-up Train Book by Gill Doherty

If your child thrives with interactive learning, this illustrated train book is a perfect fit! Wind-up Train Book features 3 individual stories with embedded tracks and a wind-up train toy for your child to use while following along with the adventures!

My Big Train Book by Roger Priddy 

Steam engines to passenger trains and freight trains to high-speed trains, this book has it all! My Big Train Book is the perfect read for train lovers big and small!