For an activity, a free play time involving the use of Duplo or wooden blocks to build something of their own choosing would be fun! Or make blueprints using dark blue construction paper and white chalk to let the children draw houses and buildings. Be sure to sing “Johnny Works with One Hammer.”
Bean, Jonathan. BUILDING OUR HOUSE. A family lives in a trailer while their house is being built.
Beaty, Andrea. IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. Iggy’s talent for building comes in handy when his 2nd grade class is stranded on an island.
Beil, Karen M. JACK’S HOUSE. Max the dog is really in charge of building Jack’s house in this cumulative tale.
Garcia, Emma. TAP TAP BANG BANG. An action-packed board book featuring a plethora of tools used in building.
Guarnaccia, Steven. THREE LITTLE PIGS: AN ARCHITECTURAL TALE. In this reinterpretation of the classic folktale, each pig’s abode is influenced by a famous architect.
Hale, Christy. DREAMING UP: A CELEBRATION OF BUILDING. A rhyming text is paired with color photos of famous architectural wonders; brief enough for a preschool readaloud, with detailed backmatter on each building.
London, Jonathan. FROGGY BUILDS A TREE HOUSE. Froggy’s friends help him build a treehouse, but then he unfairly institutes a “no girls” rule.
Lyon, George Ella. YOU AND ME AND HOME SWEET HOME. A mother and daughter help build their house, assisted by church volunteers in this celebration of diversity.
Macaulay, David. ANGELO. While restoring the front of a church, the plasterer Angelo rescues some pigeons.
Munro, Roxie. ARCHITECTS MAKE ZIGZAGS: LOOKING AT ARCHITECTURE FROM A TO Z. An alphabetical list of common features seen in buildings, including gables, ironwork, etc.