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As a mom of two boys, I am not unfamiliar with construction books. As construction season gets into full swing and my two-year-old excitedly yells from his car seat as we pass, I asked Aleece from the Round Lake Area Library if she would share some of her favorite construction books so I could expand our current rotation.
Construction books are big with children of all ages, and there are tons of books out there both in a picture book, easy reader,s and non-fiction formats. Here are some of a few great books that kids will enjoy.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Each piece of construction equipment has its own small story on the last things they do before going to bed.
This book is a beautifully illustrated bedtime story told in rhyme for those who love different construction equipment types. This is a perfect story to put your little one down to bed with, as well as explore the different kinds of equipment from bulldozers, excavators to cement mixers.
Editor’s note: My two-year-old got this story for his birthday and we read it nightly. He loves it and I don’t get bored reading it nightly as the pictures are gorgeous and filled with small details that make it fun to look at.
A fun spin on classic nursery rhymes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and London Bridge is Falling Down. These classics all take on a new form when they are put to construction themes. They may even become some of your new favorites.
Author: Sally Sutton Illustrator Brian Lovelock
A demolition crew is in charge of tearing down an old building with all different types of construction equipment and then building something new out of the old parts.
This is a great book on how to recycle the different types of materials like wood, metal, and stone and how they can be used to make new and different things. There is also a nice sing-song feel and nice sound effects that kids will enjoy too.
Machines at Work Board Book
Author: Byron Barton
Construction site workers are ready to work and have to use all different types of construction equipment to tear down the old in order to build something new.
This is a great book for really young children and it is full of lots of bright and simple illustrations that kids will absolutely adore.
Editor’s note: we have a ten-year-old version of the board book that is still very loved! Simple graphic pictures make it perfect for little ones.
Tip Tip Dig Dig
Author: Emma Garcia
Each piece of construction equipment has a job to do in order to help clean up the mess. The digger can dig, dig, dig and the mixer can mix, mix, mix.
This is a very colorful picture book with lots of bright colors that really grab your attention. The simple pages really leave the story and jobs up to the individual pieces of construction equipment so they can really shine. The repetition of how each piece of equipment works is great for kids and then shows how they use those skills to work.
Want more great construction-themed books? Come check out your local library. Don’t forget you may find wonderful construction books in the non-fiction collection too. Not only are there tons of books waiting to be discovered but there are programs that your local libraries have, like storytime. These wonderful programs give kids the opportunity to hear more wonderful and new stories that they may not normally hear. There are always plenty more to discover.
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