10 Books Your Kids Will Dig

Kids learn in the most fun way possible, by exploring!

Kids enjoy digging in the dirt with spades, shovels and as well with their hands. I suggest that mommy leaves them every now and then to explore their little adventures.

Here are ten books about digging to help your little one understand the world he or she is exploring. Some we have in our library at home others I found at the local library.

The Little Yellow Digger

By Betty Gilderdale This is a fantastic book. My children grew up reading this story time and time again. A little yellow truck gets stuck in the mud digging out a drain. They bring in the bigger diggers to help, gets what happens next. The story is funny and the illustrations fantastic. Your children will love reading this too.

Mega Book of Trucks

By Chrysalis Children’s Books

Each one of the books in the series of transport provides a brief history of how and why the trucks were invented and by whom with a glimpse into the near and far future of these vehicles. The books are linked to websites full of extra content and information. The different trucks are expertly explained in the book with many fun facts about each one. It contains a glossary that explains most of the difficult words in a language children understand.

Digging on dirt

By Rena Korb

The Science Rocks series provides interesting and simple explanations about natural sciences. Digging on dirt teaches about decomposing, erosion and the importance of dirt for our world. The book provides a glossary, easy to understand illustrations as well as a fun science experiment with dirt.

You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Victorian Miner

By John Malam

This is a gloomy, but intriguing story about a day in the life of a Victorian miner. It contains “tips” for an 1860’s coal miner, such as not to forget to take a canary underground with you, how coal is mined and what pit ponies are and how they are used.

National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Dig!

By National Geographic

This fun and informative board book includes everything you need to know about digging with a fair explanation and crisp photos of soil and sand as well as the machines used for digging.

Archaeologists Dig for Clues 

by Kate Duke

A group of children meet an archaeologist and join her on a dig to learn about the science behind digging for “old” things. They learn about how discoveries teach us of how people use to live long ago and how it influenced life as we know it today. The questions are relative and realistically asked, and the answers are always clear and age-appropriate. The book contains illustrations of the equipment used and explanatory speech bubbles.


By Jane R McIntosh

Eye Witness Books has a wonderful series of archaeology books about the tools and equipment used long ago as well as today and some of the greatest discoveries by archaeologist and what they do to preserve the artefacts. With clear photos and illustrations, it explains how they tell the difference between real and fake artefacts and how carbon dating is used.

Animals at work

By Etta kaner

This is a realistically illustrated book about animals and their jobs in nature. Children get to see and learn how animals live above and below the earth, what their skills are and how they use it for all sorts of interesting reasons. Insects are always a great part about digging in the garden, and this book is a great way for children to look up the insects they find or spot on their digging adventures and learn a few fun facts about them in the process.

Mining: Big Mining Equipment Digging Mega Dirt!

By Kevin Kalmer

This is a basic photo e-book, filled with explanations for over 35 different mining machines. The book also contains puzzles and instructions for children to create their own puzzles. It’s great for road and air trips. There are several e-books in the series covering excavators, bull-dozers and different trucks.

Yucky Worms

By Vivian French

Earthworms are some of the world’s greatest diggers! They use their skills to make compost so seeds can germinate and grow into plants. Allow your children to learn the importance of the earthworm for the environment as farmers and gardeners have known for years. In this story, grandma clearly explains the different jobs of this wriggly friend.

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