One of my favorite passions as book-loving mom is to relive my favorite childhood reads with my daughter, Emrie. Our current obsession is Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. My grandmother owned a copy of this book, making it a novelty to me since we could only read it when we were at her house. To this day, the pages and pictures make me nostalgic for days spent being babysat at her home.
This book is darling and features applications for children at multiple levels of learning and interest. First, it features a narrative about a family and their road adventures, perfect for story time. Second, it is a great look-and-find type book. At the turn of each page, a little yellow critter named Goldbug is hiding in one of the automobiles. He is just small enough that my daughter finds it the perfect challenge to locate him. In fact, she has spent the whole of last week asking if our bedtime reading time can be spent “finding Goldbugs.” I have even had to keep the book out of reach once I turn out her light or she will get the book and continue searching by the light of her nightlight. The third aspect of the book to be enjoyed are the fun and unique cars illustrated on each page with their matching labels. They teach about real automobiles that kids might encounter on the road, and they have a few silly ones that make my daughter laugh, like the car in the shape of a pickle.
I am always on the hunt for a good book that I know will engage my daughter’s curiosity long after the first read, which is exactly what I appreciate about this darling book.
Before signing off, I wanted to leave a tip of the day to help moms who have a child a couple years away from learning to read. I am often overwhelmed with knowing where to start prepping my daughter for reading, so I have started working on small and simple ways to introduce concepts to her during our regular reading time. This tip is one I learned from my teacher education. When reading text aloud, I will usually follow under the words with my finger, sliding past the sentences and and down paragraphs as we read. This may seem like a no-brainer, but this technique helps the child to start understanding the flow of reading and writing. While we adults think it a obvious that our language reads words and pages from top to bottom and left to right, this concept has to be learned. Try it next time you are reading with your child! I’m always grateful for information on simple ways to get my book-loving kid prepared to read on her own, so feel free to share anything that has worked for you and your little one!
Kelli Cooper is a former high school English teacher who now stays home full time with her two daughters. Her love of literature is something she hopes to pass to both her daughters by starting them young. In the quiet moments that she isn't chasing the girls around the house, she can be seen cleaning up after the madness or curled up hiding with her own book, the hard part being to decide which is more important any given day.