From the good folks at OceanHouse Media comes the beloved storybook Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. The illustrations are beautifully rendered and narration is professional. The book can be read to you or you can read it yourself. There is also an option to record the story in your own voice….or after having memorized it (and memorize it they will) – a child could recite it for recording. Nothing beats hearing yourself read the story!
The story centers on some very busy busy trucks and their transition into resting at night. From excavators to cement mixers, we learn about their work and activities that the trucks pursued that day. We then see how they tuck in for the night, from taking a bath to turning out the light. The storyline masterfully parallels a preschooler’s busy day, and takes them through nighttime routines that help them settle. Learning to transition especially from a waking state to a resting state is an essential skill for kids and helps them learn not only to self-regulate, but also gives them more a sense of control and accomplishment. Today when I presented the story to a family, the older brother and mom…still remembered all the words and were reciting it together with the app. It helped them bring back fond memories of snuggling down and reading a book together before bedtime. You could really feel the love they had for the book, and that they were both looking forward to sharing it with the youngest.
In the classroom, books such as Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site can serve as a calming influence by bringing something familiar and settling to a child. If overstimulated, having a place to go and hearing something familiar gives you time to reorganize and focus. Teachers will appreciate that the interaction within the book is well thought out and tapping on words or objects has a purpose. Early readers aiming to read the book themselves can identify words or see objects spelled out independently. This helps keep the focus on the story and presents a sense of continuity. This will be a treasured app for many a truck loving kid!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.