My son adores certain things: music, performing, My Little Pony, cooking, Stephen Universe, and cars. Not just cars, but any vehicle or mode of transportation. While he enjoys cooking in his play kitchen, building things with blocks, and banging on percussion instruments while making up his own melodies, most of his play time is spent smashing cars together or having them talk to each other.
As with so many of my daughter’s passions, we have turned to the library for assistance in finding books to appease his constant desire to play with, build, or talk about cars.
Here are three he greatly enjoyed recently:
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
This sweet little book with its moping cow, perky pig, and bicep flexing frog features the daily drive and “conversation” of a little blue truck and the animals along the way. When a rude, road-hogging dump truck comes along and gets stuck in the mud, it learns a lesson. An excellent book to explore manners, kindness, and the interdependence of a community. In writing this review, I also discovered, there’s a sequel!
Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom by Stuart J. Murphy and Chris Demarest
Little sister Molly loves watching her big brother Kevin play with his cars, but he won’t let her play. When he’s called down to set the table for dinner, Molly starts to play with them anyway, even after being warned he’d better find his cars as he left them. Reasons to lvoe it: cars aren’t gendered toys in this book, siblings are shown in an honest manner when it comes to sharing, and the subtle pattern recognition about the cars and which ordered they’re placed and played in each time.
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Why is this simplistic art so appealing? Ah! It makes me giddy to see it. This lovely little book appears incredibly simplistic, and yet it teaches about different portions of a train, colors, motion’s visual effect on objects, counting, and is cleverly written to give the ending a nice pop! of a finish.