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Bookshelf Alert: 3 Books for 3 And Under Wooden Train Fans

Now that my 2 year old son just received his first wooden train set, he is train-obsessed!  If you have a tiny train maniac at home and are looking for some books that might steal his or her attention from the train table (momentarily), check out these three reader favorites for the youngest train fans

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo – This is not on our bookshelf yet, but will be soon!  Loads of buyers give consistently awesome reviews and since it is train set-related, I love it already.  If you click on the book once on, it has the ‘look inside’ feature where you can read some of the pages and see the illustrations. Review:  Kids love trains, and Kevin Lewis and illustrator Daniel Kirk’s Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo will do nothing but encourage the obsession. “Sun’s up! / Morning’s here. / Up and at ’em, / engineer,” cheerfully begins this rhyming picture book. As the simple large-lettered text chugs along, Daniel Kirk brings a child’s playroom and train set to life with bold, bright illustrations… 

That’s Not My Train (Usbornetouchy-Feely) – This has been on our shelf for the last few years (pre train obsession) and it (along with all the other ‘That’s Not My…’ books) has always been a hit with both my son and daughter.

Description:  Invite babies and toddlers to touch and feel a variety of exciting textures, helping develop both sensory and language awareness.  These sturdy board books contain bright and simple illustrations that add to the “hands-on” fun


The Little Train – I just discovered this little gem after our family fell in love with Cowboy Small by the same author.  Originally published in the 1940’s, these books are simple and sweet and tell fun stories that captivate little ones.

Description: In this adventure, Engineer Small drives his little train from Tinytown to the city-and back. Along the way, the little train passes tunnels and stops at stations to pick up cargo and passengers.  Presented in full color for the first time, Lois Lenski’s The Little Train will delight a whole new generation of readers as they learn all about the ins and outs of a working train.


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