The 2017 summer reading/learning program themes of “Build a Better World,” from CSLP, and “Reading by Design,” from iREAD and the California State Library, both focus on building, construction, and design. Over the next few months, BayNews and our blog will feature storytime plans that fit those themes while still being appropriate for preschoolers.
Children are very interested in how houses are built, and in construction vehicles. Make these hard hats out of paper plates and bowls: www.bobthebuilder.com/en-us/activities/hard-hat.html
Bean, Jonathan. Building Our House. A girl describes the year and a half it takes to build the family’s new home.
Beil, Karen Magnuson. Jack’s House. In this cumulative story, the dog Max leads the construction project to build Jack’s house.
Clement, Nathan. Job Site. Construction workers use various machines to complete tasks.
Cyrus, Kurt. Billions of Bricks. This rhyming counting book shows a construction crew building with bricks.
Evans, Nate. Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs. In this rhyming alphabet book, a crew of dinosaurs works on constructing a new playground.
Greene, Rhonda Gowler. Push! Dig! Scoop! A Construction Counting Rhyme. Similar in format to “Over in the Meadow,” parent trucks and their offspring do various construction tasks.
Hudson, Cheryl Willis. Construction Zone. Color photos illustrate this engaging informational picture book on construction.
Meltzer, Lynn. The Construction Crew. The audience will call out the repeated “What do we need?” in this rhyming tale of a crew that knocks down an old building to build a house.
Nevius, Carol. Building with Dad. With realistic illustrations, a father and child observe the construction of a new school.
Rinker, Sherri Duskey. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Construction equipment say goodnight at the end of a busy day.
Sutton, Sally. Construction. A rhythmic story about building a library features several sound words like Thonk and Clap.