We recently published a post on 3 Books for 3 and Under Wooden Train Fans and are focusing on the older kid crowd in this post. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular books for preschool and older kids — all with a train focus!
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Steam Train, Dream Train – We have another well known book by this author called Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site that is a hit with both my son and daughter. Steam Train, Dream Train has a similar bedtime theme with a train focus. Reviewers love this book. If you are looking for a train book for a 3 and up child, this book tells a sweet story while using a bit more text than some of the baby books out there. It also stretches the vocabulary to the next level from what you find in books geared for toddlers.
Amazon.com Description: The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!
My Big Train Book – This train book is full of photographs of trains of all types, each with their own label. Coal Train, Steam Train, Monorail and so much more, this book has 42 (of 52) 5 star reviews on amazon.com. Although this book does not tell a story, reviewers say their kids love to pour over the photos of many different trains over and over. In reviewing this book, there were many trains I had never seen before, so I found it interesting as well as an adult.
How to Train a Train – Of all three books on our list, this one probably gets the highest marks from adult readers for their own enjoyment and their kids seem to love it just as much. This review pretty much sums up the feeling of most of the reviews on amazon.com “This book is funny. It is smart. It is touching and heartwarming. I recommend How To Train a Train to anyone who loves kids, trains, laughter and heart.”
Amazon.com Description: Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around—everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!
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