Picture Books about Infrastructure

We tend not to think about things like bridges and roads, or water treatment, and sanitation facilities unless something goes wrong, but cities can’t function without them. Healthy infrastructure means healthy citizens! To celebrate the passing of the infrastructure bill, here’s list of picture books to help young readers learn about infrastructure:

Someone Builds the Dream

by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long

Dial Books, 2021; ages 5 – 8


Subway Systems Around the World

by Uijung Kim

Cicada Books, 2020; Ages 3 – 9

I am the Subway

by Kim Hyo-Eun, translated by Deborah Smith

Scribble US, 2021; ages 3 – 7

Secret Engineer:

How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

by Rachel Dougherty

Roaring Brook Press, 2019; Ages 5 – 8

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Dial BFYR, 2012; Ages 6 – 8

The Great Stink:

How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem

by Colleen Paeff, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Margaret K McElderry Books, 2021; Ages 4 – 8

Energy Island:

How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World

by Allan Drummond

Square Fish, 2015; Ages 6 – 10


by David Macaulay

Clarion Books, 1983; Ages 10 – 12


by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Candlewick Press, 2011; Ages 2 – 5

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen

Scholastic Press, 2004; Ages 4 – 8

Dreaming Up:

A Celebration of Building

by Christy Hale

Lee & Low Books, 2012; Ages 4 – 7

Building Our House

by Jonathan Bean

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013; Ages 3 – 6


by Anastasia Suen; illustrated by Paul Carrick

Charlesbridge, 2007; Ages 6 – 9

Opening the Road:

Victor Hugo Green and his Green Book*

by Keila V. Dawson; illustrated by Alleanna Harris

Beaming Books, 2021; Ages 4 – 8

I am Farmer:

Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

by Baptiste and Miranda Paul; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Millbrook Press, 2019; Ages 7 – 11

Billions of Bricks:

A Counting Book about Building

by Kurt Cyrus

Henry Holt & Co, 2016; Ages 4 – 7

Builders and Breakers

by Steve Light

Candlewick, 2018; Ages 3 – 7

The Secret Subway

by Shana Corey; illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Schwartz & Wade, 2016; Ages 4 – 8

When Jackie Saved Grand Central:

The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Fight for an American Icon

by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Clarion Books, 2017; Ages 6 – 9

Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper

by Anastasia Suen; illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

Charlesbridge, 2021; Ages 3 – 7


*Social infrastructure. Start an interesting discussion with your students or children about different types of infrastructure and why they’re necessary.