Monday, April 25, 2011

Three picture books for truck loving toddlers

Nate is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with trucks. It's interesting to see typical gender roles play out at such a young age.  Nate's love isn't a cultural construct. We weren't filling his room with trucks and sporting good items. He's just naturally drawn to anything transportation related. Anything resembling a ball. I find it fascinating. He wakes up and goes to bed with trucks on the brain. If he's looking out of a window, he's looking for trucks. We take walks with the specific purpose of locating a steamroller in the neighborhood. And I cannot relate to this passion at all. Oh, boys.

Although we have lots of board books with transportation pages, we don't really have any books dedicated to trucks. Luckily, the library helped us out. We found three great ones:

Roadwork!Roadwork! by Sally Sutton is one of Nate's absolute favorites and we need to purchase it after the book is due. He'll ask me read it four times in a row, easy. Cute little rhymes and fun sound words tell the story of what it takes to get a road built. The back page has a chart showing the different kinds of trucks with a little description of each. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that Nate knew the difference between a truck mounted crane and a bulldozer after one reading. I quiz him each time we read it and he always gets at least five out of the six trucks correct. Amazing.

I'm Dirty! I'm Dirty! by Kate and Jim McMullan is a little more intense and "VROOM, VROOM!" for lack of a better term. It's not a calm, bedtime story book. I think it's geared towards a slightly older child (with descriptions of the backhoe loader's hydraulic arms and whatnot), but Nate really likes it. It's fun.

Fire TruckFire Truck by Peter Sis is an older, simpler book. It's the sweet little story of a boy who loved fire trucks so much he turned into one. Is that really what little boys dream about?

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