Chugga Chugga... Read! Read! - FamilyEducation

Chugga Chugga... Read! Read!

May 22,2009
Reading with your child whether they are 4 weeks old or 14 years old is one of the most important thing you can do with them. Instilling a real love of books, developing a rich imagination and spending time snuggled together is invaluable. Trains are much loved in our house and if the train table at my local bookstore is any indication they are a big deal in most! Here are a few train books we think are great reads! Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment and share it with us! Photobucket "The Train Ride" by June Crebbin is a great book for introducing children to the idea of making predictions. The book follows as a little girl and her mother go on a train ride to visit her grandma. The train passes a farm, animals and goes through a tunnel before reaching it's destination. Throughout the book, the narrator asks "What shall I see?" and the turn of the page reveals what the next thing is. A lovely book for toddlers and preschoolers. Photobucket "Freight Train" by Donald Crewes is so loved by my son I have had to renew it from my local library 4 times. It's as simple as simple gets but your child will love it. The text is sparse as it labels the part of this multi-colored train starting with the red caboose and ending with the black steam engine. After that we see how trains travel through all different places, before woosh it's gone! My 2 year old can recite this book by memory which speaks for itself. Photobucket "The Goodnight Train" by June Sobel reminds me of rides in Disneyland, because it's so rich with detail and fantasy. The story is about a train that takes children to dreamland. As the pages turn the light gets dimmer and the children start drifting off to sleep. My son liked the book and laughed at the idea of going to bed on a train! I loved the details of the things the train passed. The billboard that says " Dreamland 20 winks ahead" and George Washington sitting on a cowboy snail both made me giggle! This is a cute bedtime book for your little train lover.