Airplanes are fascinating, and they capture our attention from a young age. This list of children’s books about airplanes contains board books and picture books about airplanes, airports, and more. Introduce kids to the process of going on a plane trip, as well as the wide variety of planes out there, and the many jobs around planes and airports.
Children’s Books about Airplanes
Here are our choices for great books about airplanes!
The Little Airplane was written by Lois Lenski. Follow Pilot Small as he boards his little red airplane and takes it out to fly. The simple text is paired with old fashioned illustrations featuring a friendly little pilot.
Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night? was written by Brianna Caplan Sayres and illustrated by Christian Slade. After a day of flying through the skies, how do planes go to sleep? The rhyming story is paired with adorable illustrations of plane characters participating in familiar bedtime routines.
Planes was written and illustrated by Byron Barton. This simple board book introduces young kids to planes and airports with easy to read text and bright illustrations of planes and workers doing their various jobs.
Good Night Planes was written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Mark Jasper. This addition to the Good Night Our World series goes through a whole day, greeting different kinds of airplanes. The illustrations are full of friendly people and a variety of planes.
Richard Scarry’s Planes was written and illustrated by Richard Scarry. This board book features Richard Scarry’s adorable characters soaring through the sky in all kinds of flying devices.
Amazing Airplanes was written by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. This rhyming board book walks readers through a trip to the airport, and the sweet illustrations feature cute animal characters acting as pilots, passengers, and other airport-related jobs.
Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! was written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan. This addition to the Baby Loves Science series introduces little ones to the science of flight. The text is simple and easy to understand, and the illustrations are engaging and full of details to help bring the concepts to life for kids.
That’s Not My Plane… was written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells. This touch and feel board book features descriptive language and textured illustrations to help the reader search for the right airplane.
Maisy Goes on a Plane was written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins. Join Maisy the little mouse as she gets on a plane to visit her friend Ella. The story walks the reader through a trip to the airport, and the illustrations are sweet and colorful.
Away in My Airplane was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Henry Fisher. This book explores the beauty of the skies by following a little pilot swooping through the air. The illustrations are beautiful, showing the reader all the wonders to be found by flying high.
My First Airplane Ride was written by Patricia Hubbell and illustrated by Nancy Speir. This rhyming story follows a young child and his parents as they head to the airport to take a plane trip to visit his grandmother.
Violet the Pilot was written by Steve Breen. Violet is a young girl who loves to invent and engineer things, and she has a passion for flying. The other kids at school don’t understand her, but when a Boy Scout troop finds themselves in trouble, she might be just the person to save the day.
The Airport Book was written by Lisa Brown. Follow a family as they head to the airport on a trip, but run into trouble when a beloved sock monkey goes missing. The cartoon-style illustrations are engaging and full of fun details for kids to explore.
Zoey’s First Plane Ride was written by Kaela Harmon and illustrated by Heidi Kim Linh. Join Zoey and her family as they prepare for a plane trip. This story is full of information about trips to the airport to help young kids understand the process, which can seem overwhelming.
Vacation for Dexter was written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward. When a young boy named Jack and his toy dinosaur Dexter get on a plane, they are excited to go on vacation. But once the plane ride starts, they both get a little scared and have to lean on each other for support.
My Little Golden Book about Airplanes was written by Michael Joosten and illustrated by Paul Boston. This informative book is packed with facts about airplanes, famous pilots, and memorable events related to flight.
The Noisy Airplane Ride was written by Mike Downs and illustrated by David Gordon. This beautifully illustrated book explores all of the noises that kids will hear while flying on an airplane.
Fly was written by Nathan Clement. This book follows a young girl and her parents as they head out on a plane ride. The story includes details on all of the people who work at the airport and help flights get where they are going.
Hello, Airplane! was written by Bill Cotter. This vibrantly illustrated book follows an airplane as it takes off and soars through the sky, taking all of its passengers on an adventure.
This Plane was written and illustrated by Paul Collicutt. This book introduces little ones to all kinds of planes and the differences between them. The simple text is paired with detailed illustrations that kids will love exploring.
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