Monthly Archive: August 2015

Transportation Books For Lovers of Things That Go

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My kids are obsessed with anything that goes these days. Construction trucks. School buses. Airplanes. You name it, they can’t get enough of it. Here are a few of our favorite books of Things That Go:

Red Light, Green Light By Yumi HeoRed Light, Green Light

Written and Illustrated by Yumi Heo

This board book is perfect for young readers aged 2-5. It’s an easy way to introduce them to the various signs you see on the road (One Way Street, Stop Signs, Railroad Tracks), and the illustrations are pleasant and not harsh the way some children’s books are. We have read this book at least twenty times in the past two days, and my two, three, and five year old boys all LOVE it. It has also stimulated many conversations in the car about traffic signals and signs (“The light is red! What does that mean?” and “That sign has a picture of people walking! What should we do?”). The book is also interactive and has sturdy flaps that have not been destroyed by my eager two year old. Yet.

Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Cartwheel books | June 30, 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-0545744638

Planes Go By Steve LightPlanes Go

Written and Illustrated by Steve Light

A sturdy board book with fetching watercolor illustrations, this is a fun read because it involves a great deal of noise making (“The jumbo jet goes wheeeeeeeeee vrrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuu hmmmmmmmmmmm”) that your kids can join in with, along with providing fun discussions of which vehicles make which noises. It’s a simple, fun, noisy read, and the oversized board book format is effective in really drawing out the sounds!

Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Chronicle books | August 12, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1452128993

The Ultimate Book of Vehicles- From Around the World From Chronicle BooksThe Ultimate Book of Vehicles

By Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier Balicevic

This book is so cool. Every single page is filled with pictures of vehicles from around the world, and it has lift the flaps, pop-ups, pull-tabs, and even working arms to some of the construction vehicles. Largely interactive, it has all of the vehicles labeled and grouped so you can explain to your child the purposes of each (my five year old was particularly riveted by the French pooper scooper scooter). I would definitely recommend ages 4 and up because some of the pull tabs are delicate and overzealous toddlers may get easily excited and pull things off, and some of the pieces are potential choking hazards. This book has sections on Agriculture, Commercial Transportation, Fishing, Space travel—something for everyone!

Ages 3-9 | Publisher: Twirl (Chronicle Books) |  March 18, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-2848019420

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, by Janeen Brian | Book Review

I'm A Dirty DinosaurI’m a Dirty Dinosaur

Written by Janeen Brian

Illustrated by Ann James

Age Range: 2-5 years

Board Book: 22 pages

Publisher: Kane Miller EDC Publishing

ISBN: 978-1610672962

What to expect: Bath time, dinosaurs, rhyming

This musical, rhythmic dinosaur book is a delight for small children getting ready for bath time.

Meet this cute little dinosaur in his dirty swamp. The unique and engaging illustrations are literally painted with mud. The multi-colored sketched dinosaur romps through the mess with abandon, detailing all of his dirty parts. Start with his snout, his face and his “tum.” Then move on to feet and tail, slithering and sliding and stamping in the mud wherever he goes. Readers can singsong the words into a rhythmic melody, making “I’m a dirty dinosaur with a dirty snout,” a fun interactive dancing experience for your toddler. Kids will love to “Sniff sniff, snuff snuff, sniff and snuff about,” in time to the story.

This book is entirely unique in its stark white pages with magic pencil-sketched dinosaur, real mud used as paint, and watercolors. The bold colorful print detailing the story really pops, making it easy for readers who are just starting out to follow along. We thoroughly enjoy the book in our household, singing “wash, wash, wash, wash, give myself a wash,” all the way to the tub. Pick up this cute dirty little dinosaur for your preschoolers and you’ll be singing along, too. Highly recommended.