While filling in leading preschool storytime recently, I got the opportunity to share some of my favorite construction vehicle stories. Some are more recent and others have been around for years.
Mike Mulligan is a perennial favorite with children, parents, and grandparents. Best shared as a one-on-one “snuggled up with your favorite grown-up” story, the book tells of Mike and his steam shovel Mary Anne. They are a great team, and even though some of the terms and ideas are quite old-fashioned to today’s children, everyone still wants Mike and Mary Anne to finish the basement in just one day!
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site has become quite popular with a board book version and even one with sounds. However, the original picture book is still the best. As the different vehicles get ready for bed, it helps little ones think about sleep as well.
In this vehicle-based version of the Three Little Pigs story, each little rig sets out to build himself a garage to live in. It’s the Big Bad Wrecking Ball that comes to tear the garages down. Will he succeed, or will the rigs be victorious. Even if you are not a vehicle fanatic, this is a very cute story.