Place the following
items in your reading area: hard hat, work boots, toolbox, and
Story Time Idea
Show up for story time
dressed in a hard hat and work boots. Bring along a toolbox filled
with construction stories. then proceed to build up your little ones'
and language skills! After reading to your students, place the book filled
toolbox in your reading area.
5 1/2"x11" sheets of copy paper and 6"x12" sheets of
pipe cleaners, stapler or tape, crayons, magazines, scissors, glue
For each child, staple together a few 5 1/2"x11" sheets of copy
paper between two
6"x12" sheets of construction paper. then staple or tape a pipe-cleaner
handle to the
construction paper cover, so that the book resembles a toolbox. Invite
author to create his own magical toolbox by either drawing or cutting and
on each page. The tools can be as true-to-life or as silly as youngsters
Be sure to have them share the contents with the class.
Three Little Pigs
Read "the Three
Little Pigs" and let the children build each of the three houses.
Have fun blowing them over and reconstructing them. Brainstorm to
if you can find a way to make the straw and stick houses stronger.
Raise The Roof
by Anastasia Suen
A Worker on the
Transcontinental Railroad by James Barter
If You Were a Construction Worker by Virginia Schomp
A day in the Life of a High-Iron Worker by John Harding Martin
The Night Worker by Kate Banks
Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
B is for Bulldozer; An Instruction ABC by June Sobel
The Backyard Bird House Book by Rene and Christyna M. Laubach
Bam Zam Boom by William Lightfoot
Barns by Marc Nieson
Big Trucks, Big Wheels by Petrina Gentile, Bobbie Kalman, Marc
Bob's Busy Day by Mary Man-Kong
by Byron Barton
Building Machines and What They Do by Derek Radford
Construction Trucks by Betsy Imershein
Construction Zone by Tana Hoban
Dumpy the Dump Truck by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
Get To Work, Trucks! by Don Carter.
Houses and Homes by
Machines At Work by Byron Barton
Little Red Toolbox by Stephen T. Johnson
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop byLisa Shulman
The Busy Building Book by Sue Tarsky
is the House That Jack Built by Simms Taback
The House That Jack Built by Jeanette Winter
The Lot at the End of My Block by Kevin Lewis
The Toolbox by Anne & Harlow Rockwell.
Tools by Ann Morris
Who Uses This? by Margaret Miller