This time of year is a time to think about things related to school. School buses (and buses in general) are often very interesting to children. Even if they do not ride school buses, they see them all over at the start of the school year. This book list is a great beginning point to talk about buses and school. And these books would be great additions to a transportation theme, too.
Books about Buses
Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
A version of the familiar song/fingerplay that features Pete the Cat as the bus driver.
Hello School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker
Simple rhyming text about getting on the school bus and riding to school.
The Little School Bus by Carol Roth
A cumulative story with rhyming and predictable text; everyone is “riding the bus to school, to school, riding the bus to school.”
School Bus by Donald Crews
Simple short text and pictures of big simple pictures, typical of Donald Crews’ books, this book contains great illustrations of yellow school buses driving through town and picking up children for school.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
In this classic book, the bus driver takes a break and the pigeon wants to drive the bus. A fun interactive book.
The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Tess and Gus are waiting for the bus. As each vehicle approaches, Tess asks, “Is this the bus for us, Gus?” But each time it’s not the bus but a different vehicle. Finally the bus arrives.
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
A fun animal adaptation of the familiar “The Wheels on the Bus” that will amuse all readers.
Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
Maisy drives the bus, looking to see who will be at each bus stop.