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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site has become a staple in our bedtime routine. Its an engaging, calming story and for anyone with a child who loves vehicles its a must read.

Its the end of the day at the construction site and its time for the Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator to get to sleep. With delightful pictures by Tom Lichtenheld and a wonderful story by Sherri Duskey Rinker Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site’s rhymes are simple, calming and helps get everyone off to sleep. My absolute favourite part is each truck is put to sleep with a “Shh.. .”and we all participate in putting the trucks to bed.

I came across this book a while ago at the library and we loved so much we bought it. Reading Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site we talk about what the trucks have been up to that day, what’s happening on the construction site and how everyone has a different job to do. I love the illustrations and we make up stories about what is happening in the background on each page.

I love reading aloud to my kid, I have gone from not being able to read aloud to the best storyteller. I will do the voices, hand gestures we have a blast and my child is totally engaged. Reading stories has always been part of our bedtime routine, it gives us a special time each day where we focus on each other. Reading stories helps us bond and is a great way for both of us to relax at the end of a busy day.

There is a program in the states called  1000 Books which encourages children to read (or be read to) 1000 books before the start of kindergarten. 1000 books may seem like a lot but all it takes is reading just one book a day. Your child can easily reach the goal of 1000 books before they turn 4. I believe reading is fundamental, I don’t think you can really function in this world without having strong reading skills and it’s best to start early. By reading to your kids you show them how important reading is  and develop good habits that will follow them into school.

 Pick up a copy of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and it is a great bedtime read.

Shh… Goodnight!