My son is almost three, and like a lot of of other toddlers, he loves trucks! With both his daddy and grandpa working with heavy equipment, this is not surprising. William loves going for walks along the main streets in our small town as they are busy trucking routes; he always has the biggest smile when we see the tractor trailers rolling by. When visiting grandma and grandpa at the farm, the highlight of his trip is definitely swinging the buckets in the backhoe and mini-excavator, and he gets so excited when he knows he is going over to ‘operate’.
I keep a box of books beside the chair in William’s room, and I make a point to read several books together every day. His favourites are absolutely the books with trucks, diggers, tractors and trains. Of the many books we have on this subject, I think my favourites to read are also his favourites to listen to and explore. Below are our current four favourite truck books, all gifts for Christmas in past years from friends and relatives.
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
This sweet picture book is filled with beautiful, imaginative illustrations by Christian Slade. The rhythmic story and just-the-right-length-before-you-turn-the-page rhyme provide enough action to keep a toddler engaged, and will make the parent smile with its touching discussion of bedtime routines for all of the different trucks. The book depicts not only the usual dump trucks and diggers, but also snow plows, cranes and monster trucks.
Lift-the-Flap Tab: Trucks by Roger Priddy
I think lift-the-flap books are familiar to most parents, and for good reason- they get children interested in books and reading. Our copy of this book has many layers of packing tape on it from all the love it has been given in the past year by our truck crazy little boy. The simple, bold pictures have at least two flaps for little hands to explore while learning interesting and age-appropriate facts about all of the different trucks. The pages are easy for small children to manipulate as they are very thick and have a cut-away tabbed section on the perimeter.
Lift-the-Flap Tab: On The Go by Roger Priddy
This book has the same features as the above Trucks book, but contains not only trucks, but a car, motorcycle, airplane, boat, etc. making it particularly suited to using with the “Learning to Listen Sounds” used to teach children with hearing impairments spoken language. For this reason, we share this book every day. It goes in the car with us to appointments and it keeps my son occupied in waiting rooms. If this book bites the dust and becomes mangled beyond use, I will go buy another without hesitation because I feel it is a great tool for learning the “Learning to Listen Sounds”.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
I absolutely adore Tom Lichtenheld’s rich and action-filled illustrations in this book, as well as the feel of the paper it is printed on. The story is expressive when read aloud and interesting to the reader, and children will be charmed by the individual personalities of each truck. This is a newer favourite in our bedtime repertoire, as the text can be a bit long for some younger listeners, but it is an excellent book to grow in to.