Here is a great selection of helicopter books for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age kids. I have collected the best books available to make it easy for you to find great books for your helicopter fan.
Helicopters are a perennial favorite. I remember taking my son to the airport so he could watch the helicopters take off. We also found an opportunity for him to sit in a helicopter. That was a hit!
I was asked if I knew of good books on the topic of helicopters so I dug through what we had read and found some new titles as well. Here they all are.
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Helicopter Books for Young Kids
There are not a whole lot of helicopter books out there, so I am including both fiction and non-fiction in this list.
You will find books for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as titles for kindergarten age and up to around age 6 or 7 years old. The books are in order by age.
I don’t personally use age recommendations when I select books, I go by what I think he will enjoy, however, I know some of you like them so I included them here.
Yellow Copter is a short story of a yellow helicopter (obviously, right?!) who helps the pilot rescue a teacher stuck up on a ferris wheel. There is some helicopter language such as hover, tail boom and skids.
Overall the story is short, it has nice illustrations, and kids seems to really like it.
For a fun helicopter book for 1, 2, and 3 year olds, this one works and the reviews are great . Available in different formats.
Look, There’s a Helicopter
This book is a charmer! Not only are the illustrations super cute but there is a cut-out hole throughout the book sharing a view of the next pages.
I really enjoy special features like that in books. It adds an interactive element that get kids even more excited about reading.
Look, There’s a Helicopter includes rhyming text, the holes and questions asking kids to do things such as push a “rescue button” on a page will lead to this one being read again and again. Board book. They say ages preschool and up, but I am sure toddlers would enjoy this one as well.
Harold the Helicopter
Good old Harold the Helicopter! If your young reader loves the Thomas stories, this one is a must have.
While there is not a lot of specific helicopter information, this story of Percy and Harold racing should entertain helicopter fans! (on Kindle) Ages 2 – 4
Herky Catches Upsy-Downosis
Moving from Thomas to Jay Jay, we have Herky The Helicopter. In Herky Catches Upsy-Downosis, Herky has a cold! He doesn’t want anyone to know he is sick or he will miss the fair.
However, being sick and doing your job don’t go well together and Herky makes a mistake on a delivery. Ages 2 – 4.
Working Hard With The Rescue Helicopter
These older Tonka books are good. I read them with my son.
The pilot flies the helicopter to rescue people in natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, fires etc.) If your boy is sensitive and that might bother him, skip it. Otherwise, this is one to try.
They say 2 – 4 years old. I think 3 – 4 to about 6 depending on the boy.
Even more books below!
High Flying Helicopters
This is a great book. I really like the Amazing Machines series as it includes fun illustrations, rhyming text and yet fits in enough information that kids learn something.
In High-Flying Helicopters, animal pilots walk you though the language and vocabulary of helicopters. Age 3 – 7.
Helicopters is great for kindergarten age and up. This is a non-fiction title with a lot of appeal for fact-seeking readers.
It is a beginning reader thus the age recommendation from the publisher. However, all ages will enjoy the big pictures.
The text is simple and covers pilots, rescue helicopters and some language surrounding the parts of the helicopter. Age 5+ for reading, lower for the images.
Helicopters On The Move
This book is actually a remake of a 2004 version from Pull Back Books. Just letting you know that so you don’t buy the same book twice!
The remake is well done and the book is much more appealing now than it was when first published. The images are the same but they are framed in colorful backgrounds with appealing text.
The text tells a lot about the flying vehicles and Helicopters on the Move includes a labeled diagram and a glossary. Ages 5 – 7
I like Helicopters for its additional information and the fact that they included several different types of helicopters.
It has big pictures, simple text and covers the parts of a helicopter. Age 4 – 6 or so.
How Does it Fly? Helicopter
What I like about this book is it starts back with Leonardo da Vinci‘s helicopter (flying machine) and run through a timeline of sorts to bring us up to today’s modern helicopter designs.
Plus, it goes into how they fly. Should be a hit with anyone who can’t get enough of whirlybirds. How Does it Fly is for ages 5 – 7.
One thing about beginning reader books is that they have great pictures and a lot of facts while keeping the text simple.
This is a level four reader but don’t let that stop you from getting it for a younger child. The text in the level four is harder, of course, and more plentiful, but it is still easy for a child to understand.
Kids love the hear these books read to them and the more you do so, the quicker they start to pick up the words on the page themselves.
If they are reading Chopper themselves, I would guess at around 6 and up depending on their reading ability. Age 4 and up for reading it to them.
Our last selection is Military Helicopters. They will learn what military copters are, how they are used and the parts of a military helicopter.
This is a Pebble Press book by Capstone Press. I have found them to be good overall, and like to try to see if they have a book on the topic boys are interested in. Ages 4 – 7
I hope you find what you are looking for in our book list of helicopter books and that your young reader enjoys them.
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