Tons of Trucks is Tons of Fun

If you are a Sue Fliess fan like I am, you will be pleased to hear her new interactive book Tons of Trucks, which is illustrated by Betsy Snyder, is coming out this week. Written in fast-paced rhyme and illustrated with surprises, this book will be a sure winner with the youngest set.

Young children absolutely love to read about trucks and construction equipment. They also love interactive books with plenty of items to explore, move and touch. This book has a wealth of scoops to swing and cargoes to revealĀ  (The tar truck is going to be an extra fun surprise, but I won’t spoil it by giving away the secret.) Each vehicle is driven by a cute animal to identify, which will add to the excitement.

Parents will love that the paper is high quality and the pop-ups and pull-outs are carefully engineered to make them easy to move. It will stand up to loving use by young children. Parents may also value the book because, as well as engaging children, the interactive features help develop wee ones’ motor skills.

Tons of Trucks is a special book for small children that you are sure to be reading together again and again.

Check out the cute book trailer:

Bonus activities for the youngsters:

In addition to reading the book, playing with toy cars and trucks can be a fun way to learn. Children may

  • Learn or reinforce their knowledge of colors,
  • Practice some important math and science skills such as sorting,
  • Develop vocabulary.

Pull out an assortment of small toy cars and trucks.

1. Sorting

During a break in the play encourage children to sort the cars and trucks into piles by color. Show them how by sorting all the blue cars and trucks into a pile. Then find all the green cars, etc.

Once they have mastered colors, try sorting by size, pointing out the words big and small used in the book.

2. Identifying

With a variety of toy vehicles, identify a regular car, race car, a dump truck, a fire truck. Talk about the characteristics, such as the big wheels of a monster truck or the ladder on a fire truck. Show how the vehicles are the same (they all have wheels), and how they are different (trucks have a bed for carrying things).

There’s nothing like a great book to inspire hours of fun!

Ages: Up to 3
Hardcover: 18 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books (Releases July 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547449275
ISBN-13: 978-0547449272

Book supplied by the publisher for review purposes.

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Play Baby Play!

There’s something about a board book that just makes you want to cuddle up with a child and read him or her a story. Play Baby Play! by author and illustrator Marilyn Janovitz, an adorable account of Baby on a play date, is a perfect example.

Rolling on the rug
Frolicking on the floor
These little babies want

Marilyn Janovitz knows what is appropriate for babies. The illustrations are simple and colorful. The text contains both rhyming and repetition. The soft roundness of the babies’ faces is captivating. Babies are going to love this book.

Although I usually review books for older children, I jumped at the chance to talk about this one because board books for babies are so important. Reading Play Baby Play! (or a similar book) for a few minutes with a baby is not only enjoyable, but is also a crucial step to early literacy. According to the Zero to Three organization, attempting to teach babies and toddlers to read is not developmentally appropriate, but allowing them to turn pages and chew on a board book is exactly the right thing to do.

Play Baby Play! would be a wonderful gift for a new baby. You also might want to look for the companion board books, Baby Baby Baby! and Go Baby Go!

Time to go read to a baby.

For more information about early literacy, try the free .pdf file What We Know About Early Literacy and Language Development available on the Early Literacy and Language Tips and Tools page at Zero to Three (The link is third on the list).

Reading level: Ages 1 and up [Board Book]
Board book: 24 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; (April 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402262248
ISBN-13: 978-1402262241

The book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.