We Need Race Car Picture Books


Last week, a father asked for picture books about race cars. I only found one on the shelf and very few in the library system.

The dad was happy with the one I found, Hot Rod Hamster! by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Derek Anderson. Our interaction left me wondering why so few? A large portion of children are interested in race cars. Authors, illustrators and publishers need to step up to the plate.

In the meantime, enjoy our favorite car books. The rhythmic and rhyming text in The Srubbly-Bubbly Car Wash by Irene O’Garden and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar is fun to read. I dare you to say clickety-clackety, rattley-rackety, drippity-droppity, boottom-to-toppity, lathery-blathery, scrubbly-bubbly CAR WASH. . .ten times fast.

Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Jill Barton is one of my go to’s when I need to read to a crowd of all ages. “chocolate marshmallow fudge delight” keeps this car moving. Without it, there wouldn’t be a way to replace the flat tire with a beach ball or the floorboard with a surf board.

1 thought on “We Need Race Car Picture Books

  1. I’ve got a great one for you. Otto and the Grand Prix Bees by Kip Noschese.

    Otto is a car driving bear for the circus who learns how to drive grand prix races. In a race he is shoved off the road and crashes into a tree. While looking over the damage, a swarm of bees approach. Being afraid of bees, Otto runs until he comes upon a service station. The bees are there and together they fix the car and with bee power he wins the next race. I probably have not given the story justice. It is a gorgeously produced book. Released July 2013.

    This is the nicest picture book I have seen in a while, and I’ve review hundreds of picture books. It is self-published, but this unknown author /illustrator will be on all the publisher’s radar screens soon. Kip is a great artist and his story really is meant for boys. Here is agreat car book for your father.

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