The 2018 summer reading/learning program from iReads and the California Library Association is READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE! – 2018: hwww.ireadprogram.org/ and calchallenge.org/ . A great way to focus on this for toddler and preschool storytime is with transportation-themed storytimes. Between now and June, BayNews will offer transportation storytime ideas to help you promote READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE!
This month, let’s celebrate Trains! For a craft project, make these sponge paintings to celebrate Donald Crews’ Freight Train: https://buggyandbuddy.com/sponge-painted-train-craft-inspired-by-freight-train/ .Or, try these simple trains from Crayola: www.crayola.com/crafts/here-comes-a-train!-craft/ .
Abbot, Judi. Train! Little Elephant is only interested in trains, but his parents try to help him expand his interests and make friends.
Cooper, Elisha. Train. Facts about trains are introduced in this exciting story.
Crews, Donald. Freight Train. The Caldecott Honor book with a very brief text uses train cars to introduce colors.
Gall, Chris. The Littlest Train. A little toy train meets various types of train cars in this charming story.
Garcia, Emma. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo. As the train goes on its journey it counts the various types of birds it sees.
McMullan, Kate. I’m Fast! Part of McMullan’s popular series about dynamic vehicles and what they do, this celebrates trains.
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could. The audience will chant along with “I think I can!” during this classic story.
Rinker, Sherri Duskey. Steam Train Dream Train. At night, train cars are loaded with lots of fun animals, vehicles, and other items.
Rosenbaum, Andria. Trains Don’t Sleep. Rhyming words and onomatopoeia capture the charm of trains.
Sayres, Brianna Caplan. Where Do Stream Trains Sleep at Night? All types of trains get ready for bed in this lovely bedtime story.