Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle has captured young readers and their grown-up hearts for a number of reasons. The story of a truck who is a loyal friend is delivered in a snappy, whimsical rhyme, making it a fun book to read aloud and even more fun to listen to.
When Little Blue Truck and his animal friends see a grumpy dump truck go off the road, none of the animals want to help him. Little Blue Truck tries, and gets stuck in the mud! When his friends lend a helping hand to both vehicles, the Dump Truck realizes the value of kindness and helping others.
Friendly, colorful illustrations accompany the sweet story as youngsters are given a lesson in kindness through a likable protagonist.
If your little one begs to read Little Blue Truck over and over, you’re not alone. While rereading books does wonders for youngsters’ brain development, you may be looking for some new titles to capture their interest.
Below are 20 books you’ll fall in love with for their similarities to Little Blue Truck. Whether it’s the fun rhyme scheme or the sweet message, each of these will soon win the approval of your little one!
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Silly Sally is a wild ride of a book, featuring Sally who turns walking into town an athletic feat. As she meets friends along the way, her adventure gets sillier and sillier!
Grown-ups will have a blast reading this one out loud and little ones will dissolve into giggles as they follow along with Sally on each page.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault
This snappy book is famous for helping children learn their letters in a creative, silly way. As each of the letters races up a palm tree, the weight becomes unbearable and all of them topple to the ground.
With simple words, a catchy rhyme, and bright, bold illustrations, young ones will beg for this one to be read on repeat.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
When Gerald joins a dance party, everyone chuckles at his lack of skills. As he mopes about not being able to dance, he’s reminded by a cricket that all you need to dance is music and heart. As he lets his heart take the lead, readers are encouraged to ignore naysayers and do what makes them happy.
The beat of this rhyming book will capture the ears of little ones, and the positive message is one grown-ups will want to share again and again.
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
When the cows on Farmer Brown’s farm decide they want electric blankets, they type messages threatening to stop making milk if they don’t get them. A silly tale of cows that type, this award-winning book deserves a spot in your nightly bedtime routine.
With rhymes that will make little ones giggle, this silly and unbelievable book will capture your little ones’ hearts in the same way Little Blue Truck did.
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton is a force in children’s books, and every one of her titles is a surefire hit. Snuggle Puppy is a song that you’ll want to sing over and over with your kids.
With cues about which parts to sing loud and when to sing quietly, grown-ups will be crooning to their own snuggly puppies.
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
The Pout Pout Fish is one grumpy fellow, stuck with the dreary wearies but lucky enough to have a bunch of friends to try to help him out of his funk. When a new sliver fish shows up and plants a smooch on him, his whole attitude changes.
Full of sweet rhymes, this book has a great message about friendship and is a wonderful conversation starter around social and emotional topics.
Good night, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherry Duskey Rinker
For young readers who can’t get enough of things that go vroom, continue your reading sessions with Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. With the same steady rhythm as Little Blue Truck, readers will love seeing construction vehicles wind down for bedtime.
This series is super popular and kids love it, so be sure to pick up the other ones, including Cement Mixer’s ABC and Bulldozer’s Shapes.
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
If the rhyming of Little Blue Truck lulled your little one to a sleepy state and you’re searching for other wonderful books for bedtime, make sure The Going to Bed Book is on your list.
Using the same catchy rhyming structure, this book is the perfect addition to your bedtime routine. As several animals prepare for bed, they exercise, put on pjs, and finally settle down for the night. A quick, sweet book to share with little ones.
The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler
If your reader loves vehicles, The Little Snowplow is a must-read. When a new snowplow joins the team, the other trucks scoff at her size. Determined to show them how strong she is, she lifts her snowplow to gain strength for winter.
When an avalanche buries the dump truck and only the little snowplow can save him, she proves herself and makes herself proud.
Buy a copy of The Little Snowplow here.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle
For readers who enjoyed the animals in Little Blue Truck, read Eric Carle’s classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? The two pair nicely because animals are a central theme, and young readers will be invited to read along with Carle’s words, as repetition plays a strong role in the structure of the book.
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
For a sweet story about construction trucks with heart, check out the Digger Series. In The Digger and the Flower, the digger pauses during his daily work to notice a flower growing on the construction site.
A sweet story about doing what’s right for the environment, young readers will love the illustrations in this one, and grown-ups will appreciate its positive message about helping the environment.
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw
This fun rhyming book is perfect for fans of Little Blue Truck. Featuring a group of sheep who take a ride in a Jeep, the story is told in short, rhythmic rhymes. When the sheep get stuck in the mud, they’ll need to figure out what to do!
When your readers fall in love with this story, be sure to pick up Nancy Shaw’s other sheep books, including Sheep go to Sleep and Sheep Take a Hike.
Find your copy of the book here.
Hush, Little Trucker by Kim Norman
When a young boy loses his truck, his mom helps him find it using various types of vehicles. A rewritten version of the song Hush, Little Baby, this book has a natural rhythm and can be sung aloud.
Little ones who love trucks will fall in love with this creative version of the classic song, and grown-ups will appreciate the creativity of it!
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night? This book allows youngsters’ imaginations to come alive with ideas, as snowmen adventure through the night on these pages.
The silly story is written in the same inviting rhyme as Little Blue Truck, and the illustrations are colorful, lively, and whimsical.
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
For another fun story about animals, check out The Circus Ship by Maine author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen. Based on a true event, a circus ship is shipwrecked, leaving its animals to wash up on the shore of a small island.
The illustrations and rhyming story are on point in this book, making for a fun adventure as the animals try to fit into the island. They ultimately rely on their friendship to outsmart a nasty circus owner. You’ll want to read this one over and over again.
Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman
A classic when it comes to children’s books, Go, Dog. Go! combines what many readers love about the Little Blue Truck: animals and vehicles. Little ones love seeing dogs take various transportation to get to a party.
The simple words and illustrations are inviting and calming to readers. This book is a staple in many children’s book collections for a good reason!
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Another classic children’s story, this book has a positive message that kids’ will be repeating over and over: “I think I can, I think I can!” When a little engine is tasked with pulling a large load, it musters up courage by repeating the same line to itself over and over.
Featuring a little blue train, fans of Little Blue Truck will automatically love the protagonist in this story. Nearly 100 years old, this story has stood the test of time, and many generations have fallen in love with it.
Love is a Truck by Amy Novesky
This sweet book is perfect for readers who love things that go. On each page, a young boy is shown playing with his toy trucks as accompanying words express what love means to him.
The simple words and beautiful illustrations in this book will draw young readers in and can spark a conversation about what they love.
¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge!
When Little Lobo and Bernabé try to cross a busy bridge with their new car, they must wait their turn. The bridge is busy and full of people trying to get places. As Little Lobo and his dog wait, they try to pass the time until they can get to the other side where their friends’ party awaits!
This fun book is part of the Pura Belpré award-winning World of ¡Vamos! series. Readers will love the graphic novel panel style of illustrations and will have fun with the English and Spanish storytelling.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
This children’s classic has been capturing little ones’ imaginations for decades and is perfect for fans of Little Blue Truck. Katy is a big tractor that can do a lot of things, and when the city of Geopolis is buried in snow, Katy pulls through and digs everyone out.
How many books are there in the Little Blue Truck book series?
There are 10 books in the Little Blue Truck series and many focus on different holidays. Two additional books have also been made that are activity books and are Little Blue Truck Farm Sticker Fun!, and What do you Say, Little Blue Truck?
What is the order of the Little Blue Truck series?
The order is: Little Blue Truck, Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Little Blue Truck’s Christmas, Little Blue Truck’s Beep-Along Book, Little Blue Truck’s Halloween, Little Blue Truck’s Springtime, Good Night, Little Blue Truck, Little Blue Truck’s Valentine, Time for School, Little Blue Truck, and Little Blue Truck Makes a Friend.
Is Little Blue Truck a television show?
There is a storybook read-aloud of the book, but there has not been an animated movie or television show made yet.
Yes! Author poet Alice Schertle has written over 25 other children’s books!
What age is Little Blue Truck written for?
Little Blue Truck will be enjoyed by children and adults of any age, but the target audience is toddlers.
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