Where’s My T R U C K? by Karen Beaumont
Duck in a Truck by Jez Alborough
I Love Trucks! by Philemon Sturges
Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell
Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
“Where Are Trucks?” (Thumbkin)
Where is pick-up truck? Where is pick-up truck?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.
(repeat with each finger – Tow truck, dump truck, moving truck, firetruck)
The Wheels on the Truck
The wheels on the truck go round and round (roll hands)
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the truck go round and round
All through the town
The shovel on the truck goes dig dig dig (dig with hands)
The bucket on the truck goes dump dump dump (dump with hands)
The horn on the truck goes honk honk honk (pull cord for horn)
After storytime, put out toy trucks and other vehicles for free play.
Early Literacy Asides to Caregivers:
Aside #1: Today in storytime we are going to focus on play. Play is actually considered children’s work. Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language.
Aside #2: There are so many reasons why play is important. Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words. Play helps children think symbolically — that this item stands for this thing (“This box is a rocket ship!”), which helps them understand that words can stand for real objects or experiences. Play is how children practice becoming adults and process what they see and hear every day.
Other books considered / used for display:
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
I’m a Truck Driver by Jonathan London
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Dig Dogs Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath
Farmer Dale’s Red Pickup Truck by Lisa Wheeler
A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London
The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
I Stink! by Kate McMullan
Good Night Engines by Denise Dowling Mortensen
Big Dig by Paul Stickland
Raise the Roof by Anastasia Suen
Big Wheels by Anne Rockwell
Things That Go by Anne Rockwell
Trucks by Gail Gibbons
Truck Song by Diane Siebert
Reflection: I had a special request from a little boy to do a truck storytime. Trucks are a hit with boys and girls. They loved helping spell T-R-U-C-K and singing the songs. Never underestimate the power of thumbkin and use that to your advantage! I’ve found even older kids like doing that one.