Contributed by Audrey Matalon.
The only way to get my boys to join me in bedtime stories is to let them choose the books. I was thrilled to come across a few story books that move as fast as my kids. I call our collection 3 Trucks & a Train.
In my children’s preschool when it comes to preliminary reading they stress reading to kids at night (I do that!) and the joy of reading that happens through rhyming.
Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard (Author), David Slonim (Illustrator) takes 2-5 year olds on a learning adventure using rhymes and poetry. In this story 3 young adventurers learn about many different kinds of trucks. When we’re driving on any given day we spy at least one of the diggers, dozers or dumpers we’ve seen in the book. I really like that on nights it’s too late to read the whole book I can choose just 1 section, a digger, a dozer or a dumper or three.
Phoebe and Digger by Tricia Springstubb (Author), Jeff Newman (Illustrator) for ages 3-7 is about Phoebe coping with the addition of a baby sibling and a bully at the park. These are real life issues. Finding solutions during the early stage in life can build problem solving and social confidence.
In this story Phoebe builds a congruent relationship to her digger as her mother is bonding with the baby. So the digger becomes very important to her, it becomes security. When the bully threatens this by taking the digger she tries different ways to get it back. When the mother intervenes it’s positive for Phoebe to know her mother is still there for her. The threat of the baby lessens and new relating opportunities open up.
How to Track a Truck by Jason Carter Eaton (Author) and John Rocco (Illustrator) starts on the front cover with triumphant kids. They become successful on their mission to have a truck that’s just right for them. It’s a good question to ask your kids as you’re reading to them. After all if you bond with an ice cream truck you could be surprised it goes south for the winter. How To Track A Truck teaches kids about different kinds of trucks as well as taking the reader on an investigative mission. Size, ability, tire tracks, maintainence and seasonal habits are all things your young reader will learn about the truck species, in addition to learning about relationships.
How to Train a Train is another book by Jason Carter Eaton (Author) and John Rocco (Illustrator). The artwork in both of these books are beautiful.
What does it take to train a train? I’ve never wondered about this but I do try to teach my kids that everything can be accomplished if they approach it with dedication, care and smarts. This book touches on the mechanics and needs of a train yet also talks about the train as if it were a pet, with an emphasis on caring for …the beast. It’s a creative approach to writing for children. I loved it and the artwork. Both How to Train a Train and How to Track a Truck have pictures that my kids would trample on each other to get a better view.
Reading to young children is the precursor to having an interested and avid reader. According to Reading Rockets, “Research shows benefits for kids as young as 9-months-old, and it could be effective even earlier than that.” The benefits include richer vocabulary, language and literacy success and high I.Q.’s.
My collection of 3 Trucks and a Train is a great start for initial reading interest. For other resources try your local library, Children’s Book Council website, International Literacy Association Children’s Choices site, Search Lit or Unite for Literacy.
Disclaimer: PTP was provided with these books for review.