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I’ve been reading to Kabir ever since he was just a few weeks old. He has always seemed to enjoy it, but his interest has really escalated over the last few months, from around the time the time that he turned one. This is when he started bringing books to us on his own, presumably so that we could read to him. It was around the same time that he really started getting into cars, trucks and trains, pretty much anything with wheels. So it makes sense that, at the moment, he’s totally loving books about trucks.

After weeks of looking for and discovering some terrific ‘truck books’ on Amazon, our favorite local book store, BooksInc, and the  Mountain View library, I decided that I just had to put together a list of our favorites.

  1. Baby Touch and Feel Tractor: This is a simple but great ‘interactive’ first book for budding truck lovers. Each page features a bright image of a tractor with a touch and feel element, creating a collage-like effect.  There are bumpy tires, a scratchy bale of hay and my son’s favorite, sticky tractor tracks.  Each image is accompanied by just one or two words of text, making it perfect for the shortest attention spans.
  2. Trucks Go by Steve Light: This might be my son’s all-time favorite truck book. The genius of this book lies in the fact that each  lovely, watercolor picture of a truck is accompanied simply by the sound that the truck makes, in big bold black letters. So, the firetruck goes ‘whee-oo, whee-oo, whee-oo’, the oil tanker goes ‘vrooooom’, and so on. The slightly over-sized format (it’s longer than most) lets you really enjoy the beauty of the illustrations. The large, bold lettering of the sounds somehow just inspires you make those sounds with extra gusto. In my opinion, this is a hidden little gem.
  3. My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy: This is the truck equivalent of the Encyclopedia Britannica for little vehicular aficionados. Real pictures of trucks of every imaginable size, shape and function in full, glossy glory. There’s always a new machine to discover and explore!
  4. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld: This one has the distinction of being one of the few bedtime books for all those little folks who just can’t bear to let go of their trucks even at bedtime. The book features five big construction trucks as each of them winds down, prepares for bedtime, and finally says goodnight. This pacing is ideal for gently nudging any reluctant sleeper to lie down and close his (or her) eyes. The illustrations are gorgeous, done in the warm, earthy tones of sunset and the cool blue hues of nighttime. The actual trucks are beautifully rendered with just the right amount of texture and detail. But my favorite part about this book is the lilting, rhyming text which lends itself wonderfully to reading aloud, and the authentic ‘trucking’ terms ( the boom, the scoop, the chute, the drum) which make it a mini- educational experience for both parent and child.
  5. My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis: This is one of the two story books about trucks that we love. It tells the story of a pair of dogs driving a truckload of bones on a desert road, when one of the wheels get stuck in a hole made by prairie dogs. As the story proceeds, we see the truckers flagging down an assortment of fellow travelers to help them rescue the truck. But to no avail. It is only when a tow truck comes into the picture that the stuck truck is dislodged, thanks in part to the fact that it’s become considerably lighter (those clever prairie dogs have been busy, quietly making away with all the bones). Younger truck lovers will be thrilled with the variety of trucks (and dogs) that come alive on the pages. Oder toddlers (and you) will be amused by the tongue- in- cheek humor. The illustrations are bold and full of color. The text is simple and repetitive phrases making it a great read-aloud book for the toddler and preschooler set.
  6. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry: This is one of  the sweetest little books I’ve ever read. Sort of like a feel-good rom-com for the kiddies. It tells the story of a friendly little truck who cheerfully greets all his barnyard friends as he makes his way down a country road. Enter a self-important dump truck who zooms through, without pausing to even say hi and then gets stuck in a muddy patch of the road. He calls for help but nobody comes forth, except the little blue truck, who unfortunately, also gets stuck. When they see their friend in trouble too, all the animals rush to the rescue and it’s a happy ending all around. The dump truck learns the importance of being nice and having friends, and the blue truck and the animals drive off into the sunset.

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