Non-Train Books That Have Trains, Too

I get sick of reading books about trains. Every time we go to the library, Finn says he is going to find a train book.  There are only so many of them, you see, and we often go home with one we have read before.  It’s all fine, of course, but sometimes you want to read a book about something else. Anything else. Please, God, a non-train book for a tired mommy?

Here is a list of books that are not about trains. But, if you need to sell it to a kid who wants only trains, they all have a train somewhere inside.  My mom likes to say, “Let’s compromise! That way no one is happy!” But, look, here’s a compromise that actually does make everyone happy.  See how that works? It’s called magic.

What Do People Do All Day

1. Find yourself a Richard Scarry book. Trains galore! And also many other things to keep you from going train-crazy. Check them out here and here.

mr brown2. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Suess. Cuz choo-choo rhymes with moo.

3. Green Eggs and Ham, also by Dr. Suess. Would you could you on a train? Would you could you in the rain? Bonus points: train goes through a tunnel.

two at the zoo

4. Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith and Valerie Petrone. Zoo train!

knuffle bunny free5. Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems. I once complained that Knuffle Bunny didn’t have a train in it. Oh, but wait.

animalia6. Animalia by Graeme Base. Check the L page for a Locomotive.

alexander7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz. “I had to wear my railroad train pajamas. I hate my railroad train pajamas.” (Also there’s a toy train on the floor of his bedroom.)


8. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. As you can see from the cover, there’s a … thing … on some train tracks.

(If you spot a train in a non-train book, please let me know in the comments. I feel like we own about twelve more than I have listed, but my brain is starting to hurt.)

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