Where do diggers sleep at night?
Do they dream of holes they dug?
Do their moms reach front to backhoe
when they give a goodnight hug?”
If you’re looking for a perfect bedtime picture book for boys, check out Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? The book will make children wonder if trucks are safely tucked into their service stations or car transporters by their moms and dads. While the rhyming text does mimic the soothing rhythm of a lullaby, no boy book would be complete if there wasn’t something stinky or gross included. My six-year old son’s favorite part:
Where do garbage trucks sleep
when they’re done collecting trash?
Do their dads sniff their load and say,
“Pee-yew–time to take a bath”?
The illustrations of happy sleepy trucks transition softly and complement the lullaby-like text nicely. My son’s favorite part of the illustrations were the truck’s eyes. Unlike the trucks featured in my Revenge of the Dinotrux recommendation, these trucks are not scary-looking. They look like standard everyday trucks with the addition of eyes and mouths.
Each type of truck is named in the text, so the book can also be educational and help younger children identify the various types of trucks they see around town. Of course, the great big grown-up six-year old older readers will already know all about the different types of trucks… But they’ll enjoy the story anyway.
In the words of my great big grown-up six-year old, “It’s amazing!” Overall, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? is a great choice for boys ages three-to-six who love trucks.
Brianna Caplan Sayres has a Teachers Guide available that includes art, math, writing, and dramatic play activities. Click the “Teachers Guide” link on her page to start the Microsoft Word file download.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has another (and potentially less dangerous) movable dump truck project in on their Dig Up a Good Book storytime page. The page also include some fun fingerplays about trucks that you can teach to kids.
Author: Brianna Caplan Sayres
Illustrator: Christian Slade
Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
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