Tuesday, May 26, 2009

All Aboard Overnight (A book about a train ride)

Title: All Aboard Overnight:A book of compound words
Author: Betsy and Giulio Maestro

We got this book right around the time we were taking a train trip ourselves. After reading this, our kids were quite disappointed that we did not go on a much longer ride including a sleeping berth.

I have liked most the books we have read by Betsy and Giulio Maestro. They have lots of educational books many of which are about various modes of transportation. This story follows a family as they go on an overnight train ride to visit grandparents and has a focus on compound words.

My kids both really enjoy this one

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Truck and Loader by Helen R. Haddad

Title: Truck and Loader
Author: Helen R. Haddad
Age: 3 years – 5 years

This is a nice, short chapter book for little ones who can sit for a little longer book. This one is especially interesting because it tells 3 different stories of situations where the dump truck and loader can work together to get a job done. This is a great addition to your library of books about trucks. Especially if you are getting tired of the simple books where trucks and truck parts are just labeled. My son asks me to read this one over and over again.

*this post originally written 5/5/2006

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton

Title: Terrific Trains
Author: Tony Mitton
Age: 2 years – 4 years
This book is one in another series of books about Things that Go. They feature a set of animal friends that work, ride, and drive around. There are lots of great illustrations that provoke my 3-year old to ask lots of questions. It is also easy to use this book to ask my son questions like “What is the rabbit doing?” and “Why is the bird there?” The text is simple and rhyming but does a nice job explaining about how things work.

*this post originally written 5/3/2006

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss

Title: There's a Wocket in My Pocket
Author: Dr. Seuss
Age: Birth – 3 years
I am all for educational books. In fact, we make a beeline for the non-fiction children’s books each visit to the library. Our whole family is learning an amazing amount from the books we read with my 3-year old including books like the Fire Truck Factory.

But some books are just fun! I love reading this Dr. Seuss book with my kids. It just rolls off your tongue and the pictures are funny to look at. Maybe I should not have said JUST fun either. They say that listening to rhymes helps kids develop their language skills and maybe even math ones too. And everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine. Keep rhyming!

*this post originally written 5/2/2006