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Popular John Deere Toys and Books Sure to Please the Tractor Addict in Your Life!

Updated on January 19, 2010

I must thank my son Nick for opening my eyes to the world of heavy machinery. Yes, my son is a John Deere addict and every piece of construction equipment he sees is a "Deere" (even if it isn't!). No, I don't own a farm…therefore the thought of purchasing a John Deere tractor doesn't even enter my mind and my back yard is hardly big enough to justify the purchase of a John Deere riding lawn mower. I will admit, however, that I have spent many hours playing with my son as he rides around the yard on his toy John Deere tractor and of course, playing "farm" and "construction" with the many John Deere toys that my son owns.

If you read my HUB Page about how to throw the perfect John Deere birthday party for a young boy…then you know that my son truly loves tractors and all things John Deere.  I must admit that, in this world of high-tech toys, I am happy that my son loves to play with toys that are certain to stand the test of time and instead of inserting batteries…one must insert their imagination! I'm sure that his love of tractors will eventually fade away and video games will soon replace the cars, trucks and farm equipment that he currently plays with, however, I hope that he never loses his sense of adventure and continues to use his imagination for many years to come.

Great John Deere Books!

With that said, I would like to tell you about some of Nick's favorite John Deere toys and books. If you have a child who loves heavy machinery (including farm equipment) you can rest assured that these toys are well-used favorites in my home!

First up, the John Deere Big Book of Tractors!  I have read this book to my son at least fifty times (if not more). Nine out of ten times, this is the book he chooses when I tell him to pick out a book for bed-time reading. I must admit that it is quite interesting and the pictures are wonderful (I think I am now a tractor expert). This book not only highlights different types of tractors it also explains the different types of tractor attachments and what they do.

The next book that my son absolutely loves is, in fact, NOT a children's book. However, he LOVES to look at the over FIVE HUNDRED high quality pictures! Legendary John Deere Tractors – A Photographic History is a large coffee table book filled with over two hundred pages of pictures and information. This is a great book for anyone interested in adding a bit of tractor knowledge to their library…or if you are like me, have a son who just so happens to be addicted to tractors!

John Deere also has an entire series of children's books in which the main character is…of course…a tractor. Johnny Tractor is a lovable character who tackles many adventures! If you have a child between the ages of 18 months and five years old…they are sure to love Johnny Tractor (so much that you will probably get tired of reading about him!). Johnny Tractor and the Big Surprise, Goodnight Johnny Tractor and Johnny Tractor's Fun Farm Day are three of Nick's favorite Johnny Tractor books.

Other Popular John Deere Toys!

As for toys…well, Nick has MANY different types of John Deere tractors and other farm equipment toys. It would take a long time to tell you about them all…so I will tell you about his favorites! Last Christmas, my sister and her husband surprised Nick with a John Deere Tractor Riding Toy. The look on his face when they wheeled out the tractor was priceless! He was so excited, he could barely contain himself. The tractor came with a trailer (which is, as Nick would tell you, very important if you want to "do work"). Nick loves to gather sticks and other yard debris using his tractor (which is fine by me…actually helps me out!) and on some days…it takes a long time to get him back in the house.

Nick also loves to play with his John Deere die-cast tractors (which are VERY well made and sturdy!). He also loves his John Deere Log Skidder. He will play in his room for hours creating different construction and farm scenes (it is quite cute to watch…of course he doesn't know I'm watching…which makes what he says even more adorable).

Yes, my son is very lucky. We are fortunate enough to be able to provide him with many different John Deere toys. I only hope that when he out-grows tractors and he no longer plays with them…we are able to pass them on to another child whose love of tractors is just as big! In the meantime, I will continue to read Nick John Deere Books before bedtime and will smile when he begs to turn off his John Deere lamp before he finally closes his eyes and goes to sleep. These, my friends…truly are the moments I live for.

One final note….

We are lucky enough to live by an actual John Deere Showroom which includes just about every John Deere toy ever made. If you do not have a John Deere Showroom by you…check out Amazon for a large selection of John Deere toys, books and products. They have a large selection and competitive prices!


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