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Find more Top 10 Series about Vehicles
There’s always a demand for books about cars, tractors, tanks, and bulldozers. Get young readers’ engines revving with these 10 outstanding series about vehicles and big machines.
Busy Machines (Rosen/Windmill; 4 titles)
K–Gr. 3. Diggers, rescue vehicles, tractors, and trucks with cartoon faces show off what they do in this illustrated series. Chunked text and labeled vehicles and parts make the details accessible and memorable, and readers even have an opportunity to select their favorite vehicle.
Car Stars (ABDO/Dash!; 12 titles)
K–Gr. 3. A sleek layout with full-page, high-quality photos introduces some of the world’s most coveted luxury cars, from the Bentley and Bugatti to the Maserati and McLaren, in an early-reader format. The short text gives descriptive details about each car’s design, speed, and special features.
Farmer Llama’s Farm Machines (Bearport/Fusion; 6 titles)
Gr. 1–3. In this illustrated series, Aggie, a farmer-llama, guides young readers through the use, history, and future of such farm machines as tractors, combines, plows, and balers. Numerous diagrams and labels point out the machine parts that Aggie describes.
Full Throttle (Bellwether/Epic; 12 titles)
Gr. 3–7. This hi-lo series uses simple text, crisp action photos, and splashes of vibrant colors to showcase fast and popular vehicles, including ATVs, lowriders, and monster trucks. Each book gives a history of the vehicle and an overview of its purpose, parts, and competitions.
Futuristic Electric Vehicles (Mitchell Lane; 6 titles)
Gr. 4–8. The history of transportation vehicles, the current state of electric options, and what the future might hold are all covered in this informative series. Photos of vehicles and engineers at work and artistic representations of future transportation enliven the informational text.
Machines with Power (Bellwether/Blastoff! Beginners; 14 titles)
PreS–Gr. 2. With emergent readers in mind, this series introduces construction and transportation vehicles through double-page spreads with short text in large font and accompanying photos of the vehicles at work. Labels point out parts of the vehicles, reinforcing key words from the text.
Mighty Military Machines (Capstone/Pebble; 6 titles)
PreS–Gr. 2. In keeping with the typical Pebble format, a few very short sentences combine with photos of military personnel in action to explain aircraft carriers, drones, tanks, and other military vehicles to beginning readers. Parts of the vehicles are labeled to aid comprehension.
Monster Machines (Mitchell Lane/Little Mitchie; 4 titles)
Gr. 3–5. From the fastest train, the Japanese bullet, to the biggest cargo plane, the Antonov 124, this series gives detailed information about some of the world’s greatest working vehicles and the technology behind them. Photos, maps, and diagrams complement the fascinating text.
Off-Road Vehicles (Rourke/High Tide; 6 titles)
Gr. 3–6. Exciting vehicle depictions, action-packed photos, and fitting mud-track graphics exemplify this series on jeeps, dirt bikes, military vehicles, and other off-road vehicles. The books describe the thrill of off-road conditions and the vehicles’ many uses, including farming, racing, combat, and rescue.
Wild Rides (Black Rabbit/Bolt Jr.; 6 titles)
Gr. 1–4. In addition to single paragraphs of text and action photos, infographics (such as diagrams, charts, and maps), vocabulary boxes, and sidebars describe what it’s like to ride in and on dirt bikes, Formula 1 cars, Indy cars, and other high-speed vehicles.
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