Transportation Book List

We’ve compiled a list of books that are either centered around, or loosely connected to, transportation modes and systems.


  • People Before Highways by Karilyn Crockett
  • Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance by Adonia Lugo PhD
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Streetfight by Janette Sadik-Khan
  • Better Buses, Better Cities by Steven Higashide
  • Walkable City by Jeff Speck


  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Odyssey by Homer (recommend the 2017 Emily Wilson translation)
  • The Lakestown Rebellion by Kristin Lattany
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


  • Walking by Henry David Thoreau

For kids:

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • Pete the Cat: Go, Pete, Go! By James Dean
  • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner et al

Young Adult:

  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Graphic novels:

  • Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea by Lucy Bellwood
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan

To participate, complete one or more of these activities:

  • Suggest a transportation book that you love to add to the reading list.
  • Purchase a book from a local bookstore or check one out at your library.
  • Share your favorite passage or lesson learned from one of the above books, or from your favorite transportation book!

Links to local bookstores/ where to find the books:


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