15 Trashy Children's Books About Garbage Trucks

15 Trashy Children's Books About Garbage Trucks


Trash Truck

An endearing story about a special friendship between a gregarious green garbage truck and a six-year-old boy named Max. Imaginations run wild in this picture book that is based on the hit Netflix series. Perfect for preschoolers fascinated with trash trucks, the illustrations are adorable. As an added bonus,  the last page of the book is a gatefold with a real picture of the author's son with his favorite truck, the inspiration for this story.

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 Stinkiest Children's Books About Garbage Trucks

The trucks with the dirtiest job have an interesting appeal for young children. Perhaps it's the importance of the job they do. Removing all the smelly garbage from trashcans left by the curb is not a job for just any truck. Trash trucks seem to come to life when their giant mouths gobble up all the stinky waste with a lot of mashing, gnashing, crunching, and munching.

In these picture books about garbage trucks, kids will learn about what they do with all that trash after they haul it away. They will be introduced to a variety of garbage truck characters who will take them behind the scenes on an excitingly trashy adventure!

More fun kids' books about vehicles-

Best Children's Bulldozer Books

Fun Fire Truck Books for Kids

Kids' Books About Boats

Cool Kids' School Bus Books



Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck

Business owners wear many hats and have to be ready to get the job done no matter what. Such is the case with Grandma, whose garbage truck business is in trouble when her three grandsons, who are the drivers, get sick. It's the Fourth of July, a day when the town must stay neat and tidy for all the people out and about celebrating. So Grandma doesn't hesitate to jump behind the wheel in this silly book about the important job of collecting trash. 




Trashy Town

An award-winning, extremely popular trash truck book for toddlers. Mr. Gilly has the very important job of getting rid of all the trash that accumulates around Trashy Town. He drives his big garbage truck to collect garbage from the schools, restaurants, and every single house in town. A fun, rhythmic picture book for kids that love garbage trucks and things that go.



I Stink!

The humorous title of this funny garbage truck picture book says it all! This gigantic vehicle, equipped with 10 big tires and an even bigger appetite for trash, proudly embraces his identity as a smelly, garbage-eating machine. He's often grumpy and lacking manners but this trash truck knows how to get the stinky job done.




I Am a Garbage Truck

Toddlers love this board book that is shaped like a garbage truck. Each page contains one simple sentence about how these trucks drive around collecting trash and taking it to the dump. Colorful and charming little book that is cute enough to use as decoration in the room of a trash-truck-loving kiddo.




The Wheels on the Garbage Truck

A twist on the well-known "Wheels on the Bus" tune, this is one garbage truck that looks fun to ride. A group of adorable, furry animals drive around all day collection trash. This garbage truck board book is equal parts stinky and sweet.



Garbage Truck Coloring Book

Know a kid obsessed with garbage trucks? Grab this 50 page coloring book and a box of crayons for hours of entertainment. This fun book has a glossy cover and single sided  pages to prevent colors from bleeding through. Pair it up with a picture book about trash trucks and a toy truck for garbage-themed birthday gift.




Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash!

A favorite garbage truck book for toddlers and preschoolers. A pair of piglets rise early to witness the arrival of their favorite garbage trucks. Your trash-truck-loving child will quickly memorize the rollicking, rhythmic text on every page of this colorful picture book. Every disgusting detail is humorously described, like buzzing flies feasting on the traveling buffet. A rip-roaring fun read aloud for kids who love garbage.



Where Does Garbage Go?

An informative, non-fiction book for children who want to know happens to trash after it is picked up by the garbage truck. A step-by-step process explains all the places garbage trucks go before reaching the final destination. Large, colorful, glossy photographs fill the pages in this very realistic book about trash trucks.




Little Trash Truck Keeps the Neighborhood Clean

A zippy little trash truck book with cumulative, repetitive text that begs to be sung. Kids will enjoy pouring over the whimsical illustrations of clean and wholesome neighborhood. The friendly trash truck greets all the people he passes as he makes his rounds on garbage day.




Buster: The Little Garbage Truck

A garbage truck book about friendship and overcoming fears. Buster is a young trash truck who wants to grow up to be brave and strong, just like his father. The only problem is that he has a crippling fear of loud noises, which is quite upsetting for him. When Buster's best friend, Kitty, gets herself into trouble, he must dig deep to find the courage to help her.




The Garbage Trucks are Coming Today!

Does your child run to the window to watch the garbage truck collect the trash? In this bright book, a little boy named Winston is having an exciting morning. He eagerly waits with his family for the familiar rumble of the trash trucking coming up the street. A cute book that captures the thrill little garbage truck fans feel every trash day.


Gus the Garbage Truck

Some jobs are just not meant to be done in a rush. Gus learns this lesson the hard way after being teased by other trash trucks for his slow speed. When he decides to pick up the pace, Gus's trash-collecting turns into a very messy business. Lots of interesting facts about the garbage collection process and what happens to all the trash once the trucks take it away.


Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck

A large, chunky board book about garbage trucks perfect for babies and toddlers. Little readers will love following the bright, bold truck move across town making vroom vroom sounds. Children will also practice counting to 5 in this sturdy trash truck book.


Trash Trucks!

Appealing collage artwork adds a retro feel to this colorful book about trash trucks. When the sun rises, garbage trucks have already begun their very important job. They drive up and down the city street to collect all the trash, munching and crunching it to pieces in a satisfying manner. Kids will love reading about how their communities stay clean because of these giant trash-eating machines. 

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Why Read Children's Books About Garbage Trucks 

A key to developing a child's lifelong love for reading is by reading them books about their interests. And this starts from the time they are toddlers. While overzealous parents may want their child to read a diverse selection of books, it's not uncommon for preschoolers to develop a kind of obsession with a particular topic. And in this case, we're talking about garbage trucks! We encourage you to embrace this strange fascination and gather a collection of kids books about garbage trucks. This obsession with trash trucks will soon fade, but your child's passion for books will last a lifetime.

Book lists for kids who love big vehicles-

High-Flying Kids' Airplane Books

Awesome Kids' Books About Ambulances

Thrilling Children's Motorcycle Books

Valuable Children's Books About Police Cars

Exciting Kids' Rocket Ship Books



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Fascinating Facts About Trash Trucks

Trash removal is something we take for granted. Many of us drag our full trash cans out to the curb, and retrieve them once they've been emptied by the garbage trucks that routinely drive up and down the streets. Here are some tidbits for you to ponder next time you take out the trash-

  • Americans throw away trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks every single day.
  • Each person produces about 4.5 pounds of waste every day.
  • Sanitation jobs are considered highly risky, with 90 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  • A diesel-powered garbage trucks costs about $250,000.


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Gift Idea for Kids Who Love Trash Trucks

There is no doubt that children's books are at the top of the list for the best children's gifts. We don't need to tell you all about the lifelong impact of reading from a young age. Next time you are shopping for a birthday or holiday gift, buy the toy and pair it with a picture book about trash trucks. This combination is sure to be a big hit! Here are some of the best toy trash trucks that pair well with some good books!

Matchbox Garbage Truck

Realistic sounds when the trash truck moves backwards and forwards, a horn to beep, and moveable parts to dump trash and recycling into the truck.



Ride On Recycling Truck

A large recycling truck that kids ride and operate themselves. Comes with 9 recycling accessories and has fun sound effects and other interactive elements. 



Trash Truck Play Set

A full set of trash truck accessories will provide hours of entertainment. Kids will work on motor and cognitive skills while playing with this adorable set of trash truck toys.


Toy Garbage Truck with Light and Sound

This awesome truck is compatible with Lego building block kits. Has light and sound features and hand-activated lever for dumping garbage.


Waste Management Toy Truck 

A cool light and sound trash truck with accessories. A large collection of cards with images of trash teach kids how to sort and recycle.


Garbage Truck Birthday Party Kit

Take your child's birthday party to a whole new trashy level with this kit that includes all sorts of garbage truck decorations.


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