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Toddlers love books, and they especially love interactive books. They love books they can pull or lift tabs to make things happen. Of course, most toddlers aren’t very gentle, so you’ll want to be on hand during reading time! These four transportation books for toddlers are ones you are going to want to add to your child’s library. They also make great gifts!
Push-Pull-Turn! Dump Truck Gets to Work
Get ready to work on a construction site! Push-Pull-Turn! Dump Truck Gets to Work is full of interactive elements that bring the scenes to life. Whether it’s a dump truck, digger, or cherry picker, the story is told in rhyme and introduces the each vehicle and its role. Young builders will love following the vehicles around the construction site in this exciting tale.
Having been a former preschool teacher, I know that my class would have loved these books when we talked about vehicles. Vehicles are fascinating to kids! I love how the story rhymes because every exposure to rhyming words helps kids pick up on how to rhyme! Construction vehicles are always a favorite in the toddler and preschool age range. When my son was about kindergarten age, his favorite book was Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, so I know kids just love construction!
There are so many ways you could use this book with your child. Get out the construction toy trucks and play along with the story. Watch a construction site video. I’m sure you can come up with lots of fun ways to bring this book to life.
Push-Pull-Turn! Fire Truck to the Rescue!
Push-Pull-Turn: Fire Truck to the Rescue!, illustrated by Joe Bucco, gives a fascinating introduction to the world of fire stations, the vehicles, and the fire fighters. With flaps and tabs on every page, the book also features four special spreads that give an in-depth insight into the fire station, fire engine, fire helicopter, and fire fighting practices. The fun rhyming story follows a firefighting mission that takes the fire crew out of the station, on the road, and to the emergency site to tackle a blazing building.
Fire trucks are another vehicle that toddlers are in awe over. Any time a fire truck roars by your house, I’m sure your little ones get all excited (or they did when they were little). They’re big and red and loud and exciting! Children always love going to “Touch a Truck” events where they can go inside of a fire truck and explore it. I know all little ones are going to love this fun, interactive book too.
Push-Pull-Turn! Up in the Air!
Get ready for takeoff! Push-Pull-Turn: Stunt Plane Is Soaring! takes kids up in the air as they are introduced to a variety of flying vehicles. Each page features a different interactive element such as spinners, flaps, and tabs. While reading the rhyming story, kids can use the interactive elements to bring the story to life. Whether it’s a jet, helicopter, or hot-air balloon, Stunt Plane Is Soaring! is the perfect introduction to flying vehicles for youngsters.
This is another book your child is going to love! It is another rhyming book, so the text makes it easy to keep your child’s attention! They’ll love the interactive elements too. I know my class was always so excited when a plane flew overhead, and it is still something that is sort of awe-inspiring when you think about it. Flight in general is amazing. I love flying!
I know kids love hot-air balloons too! During Football Hall of Fame week, we’ve got a hot-air balloon show that kids are always talking about when their parents take them. They are so colorful and fun. Your child will love this one!
Trace Race: Things That Go
Follow the trail for an exciting adventure with a rocket ship, a train, a boat, and more things that go! This storybook includes a die-cut path so toddlers can move their fingers along different roads as they encounter vehicles in fun settings. With adorable illustrations and rhyming text, this book is perfect for story time.
This is such a cool board book! The interactive aspect of it is that your child can use their finger to trace along the path. That is such a great skill for toddlers to learn, so this is a really fun way for them develop fine motor skills while having fun! I love all of the illustrations in this book. They are perfect for toddlers and the text is just enough to hold their attention without being overwhelming!