Trains Go

Written and Illustrated by: Steve Light

Before Reading

Explore and Discover

Each kind of train has its own sound and this simple book presents each one with engaging onomatopoeias alongside fun illustrations. Begin by taking a moment to draw attention to different elements in the cover and illustrations. Talk to your child using the following prompts and questions:

What do you see on the cover?

What sounds do trains make?

{Flip to an illustration} What color is this train?

I wonder what will happen in this book. I think...

If your child is not yet verbal, you can answer some of these questions on your own. The more your child hears you speaking and describing the illustrations, the more vocabulary words s/he will be exposed to and the more s/he will get out of the reading!


As You Read

Build Vocabulary

Have fun with the sounds in this book and get excited about the different types of trains. Be sure to point to the different trains and name them as you go along. Say "The CABOOSE goes all the way at the end of a train." and  "Look! This is a SPEED train. A speed train goes really, really fast!"

After Reading

Make Connections

Talk to with your child about the story and make your own comments if your child is not yet able to verbally respond.

Did you like that story? Which train is your favorite? Can you point to it?

Let's go back and find the train that says "CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO CHOOOOOO". What color is this train? 

Let's read the story again!

Extending the Story

Sound Basket

Source: Childhood 101

This book is all about sounds so explore the sounds that can be made with things around your home! This simple activity allows your child to have loads of fun banging on and shacking spoons, bottles, buttons, pots, etc. You can use simple instructions like, "Shake the bottle." and "Bang the pot."


A Look at Literacy Development

The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service provides these developmental milestones that you can look out for from birth to 30 months, including tips on things that you can do that babies and toddlers enjoy like imitating the sounds that they make.