5 transportation books that you and your children will enjoy reading together.
“Freight Train” by Donald Crews is best reviewed by my son who loves it so much he “reads” it to us. Clearly, proof of how many times we have read it renewed it from the library and genuinely enjoy it as a family.
“My Truck is Stuck” by Kevin Lewis is a fun book full of great rhymes and funny illustrations from Daniel Kirk. The story is pretty simple. A truck is stuck and even though other vehicles come to help, nothing budges until a tow truck arrives. The best part is the cargo of bones in the truck are slowly stolen by hungry gophers while the others work to free the truck. It’s got a great message about helping people and the illustrations make me giggle, especially the guy in the moving van who is blowing bubbles. I have never understood that but it makes me laugh.
“Trucks Go” by Steve Light is a new find for us. I spotted this board book from across the library during preschool story time today. There were kids everywhere and I was not sure that I would get to it before someone else did. I kept my composure, didn’t have to elbow a single person and popped it in my bag. The minute of worry was worth it, what an awesome book! The illustrations are so beautiful that I would seriously consider framing every page. The book goes through different trucks (garbage truck, cement mixer, fire engine etc..) and the sounds they make. My son was laughing and repeating the sounds while we read this at bedtime and enjoyed the watercolor illustrations almost as much as I did. Grab this one like I did.
“The Truck Book” by Harry McNaught is another favorite in our house, mostly because it has a forklift in it. There isn’t much of a story, instead, it’s a collection of labeled illustrations. If your child is like mine and loves, no obsesses over things that move this is a fantastic book. I will admit that I get bored reading it even if my son doesn’t. To fight that boredom we play I spy and both of us are happy.
“The Mighty Street Sweeper” by Patrick Moore is a rare book. It’s rare because it is a story about self-esteem clothed in a truck book. The street sweeper isn’t the biggest, the fastest or the most powerful truck but it’s still mighty and proud. I really like this book. We read it before nap and again before bed and I liked it even more the second time. The message about being happy with who you are is really touching. I liked that the book says that you don’t have to be the best at everything to still be proud of your hard work. My son enjoyed this book as well and it was excited to read it again at bedtime.
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