Transportation and Community Helpers

Itsy Bitsy Books About Transportation and Community Helpers

Here is the list of books we read in Itsy Bitsy Story Time in September, 2013!  Enjoy!

Fire Engine - Rockwell

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell

My kids have 3 uncles who are professional firefighters, and two great-grandparents who were also firefighters.  We own LOTS of books about firefighting and fire engines.  I like this one for toddlers because the text is fairly simple and the pictures are bright and clear.  Good information about engines including the fact that they can come in different colors.  (PS – my brothers say REAL fire engines are RED!)

This is the Firefighter

This is the Firefighter by Laura  Godwin

Nice big picture book lots of busy, interesting pictures.  Rhyming text is cute and reassuring.  The mustached firefighter looks exactly like my brother!

Police Officers on Patrol

Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton

Great read aloud book about police officers.  Repeating phrases are fun for the kids and reinforce that police officers are here to help us.  Several scenarios shown in the book including what to do when you are lost, which the kids were all VERY serious about!

Freight Train

Freight Train by Donald Crews

I love this book for story time!  Not only is there a great fun craft to go with it (see here) but also, it makes a good read aloud for this age.  The kids love to tell me the train car colors.  Very simple text, bright eye-catching drawings.


Airport by Byron Barton

This book would be great to use before a trip with a toddler or young child.  Includes a diagram of the parts of the plane and a simple social-story of what happens when you go on a trip by plane.

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis

This was my youngest’s favoriate book when he was an infant.  Awesome bouncing rhyme can be sped up and slowed down to sound like a train.  Kids in story time love chiming in with the train whistle “Woooo Wooo!”

Tip Tip Dig Dig

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Cute rhyming text describes various construction site vehicles that are working to build a playground. Clearly several kids were already very familiar with this book and loved it.

Toot Toot Beep Beep

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garia

Another great book by Emma Garcia, this one describing different types of cars – each having their own unique sound (swish swish!)

Wheel Loaders

Mighty Machines:  Wheel Loadersby Derek Zobel

This non-fiction book is a Level 1 Blastoff Readers beginning reader.  Readers make GREAT read-alouds because the text is simple.  Very nice way to get some non-fiction reading in with babies and toddlers.  This book has great photos too!  Shows the different typos of wheel loaders… which are very popular amongst the toddler set!

Curious George Neighborhood Friends

Curious George Neighborhood Friends by H. A. Rey

Curious George is always irresistible at our house!  This cute book asks the simple questions “Who do you find?” and “What do you find?” at various neighborhood locations.  The answers to each question are shown on pull-out pages that my story time kids can’t keep their hands off of.  With a small group we can let each kid take a turn, but would not be hard to use with a big group if you can keep the book out of reach!

Which Hat is That

Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Adorable little mouse dresses up in different hats  to perform different tasks, some of which are hobbies and some of which are jobs.  Nice mix of community helpers included.

Whose Shoes

Whose Shoes? By Stephen Swinburne

Fun guessing game photo story showing the shoes worn by different professionals.  Some are a little tricky!  Younger kids need a little extra narration to find the picture clues.

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