Have Wheels, Will Travel:
Books for the Vehicle-Obsessed

by Janssen Bradshaw

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A few years ago, my sister and I were driving together (without children) and she interrupted me mid-sentence to say, “Hey, look! There’s a . . .” and then paused and said, “I’m guessing you don’t actually care that there is a backhoe over there, do you?”

If you have vehicle-obsessed little ones, you’ve probably had similar moments, moments where you realize you can identify practically any construction truck or car on the road by its proper name.

These books are perfect for a child who loves nothing more than a fire truck, a bulldozer, or a cement mixer. Add in a plastic construction or fireman’s hat, and you’ve got the perfect gift.

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2024.