Sink into summer with a recent picture book that floats the boat of kids who are into, well, boats. MomSpeaker Jean Ladden's vehicle-obsessed son is a fan of the following title, illustrated with real pics of real water crafts.
“Big Machines Float!” by Catherine Veitch
Age: 3-5 years
Genre: Nonfiction picture book
Does your preschooler like vehicles? How about BIG vehicles? Part of the Heinemann “Read and Learn” collection, the Big Machines series uses real photographs to show some of the biggest vehicles on land, sea and air. In Big Machines Float! the reader explores things that travel on water, including ice breakers, cargo ships, galleons and cruise ships. Each ship is rated on a scale of big, super or mighty and is described in basic terms suitable for the young reader. My 3-year-old loved seeing the variety of “big, big boats” featured in this book, and I’m sure we will enjoy exploring the other books in this series, including Big Machines Build!, Big Machines Drive! and Big Machines Ride Rails!
Bucks County mom Jean Ladden spends way more time reading children's books than adult books, and that's just the way she likes it. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Chatham University and is currently raising a 2-year-old, working part-time at a neighborhood library and freelance writing. She loves to share new books as well as old via her blog, Jean's Book Reviews.