Storytime with Jessica – Transport

Welcome to our first digital Storytime post, instead of talking about books we have in the library and want you to borrow, today I’m talking about books online and specifically ones with videos so you can still see the pictures and words.

I wish I could read these stories to you myself, in the library, but if I had to hand over my reading job to anyone, I cannot think of a better person than Dolly Parton [note: I looooove Dolly Parton].

The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty

The kindness and determination of the Little Blue Engine have inspired millions of children around the world since the story was first published in 1930. Cherished by readers for ninety years, The Little Engine That Could is a classic tale of a little engine that, despite her size, triumphantly pulls a train full of wonderful things to the children waiting on the other side of a mountain. This anniversary edition features the original text, all-new reimagined artwork and an introduction from Caldecott Medal-winner Dan Santat, and a special letter from Dolly Parton, award-winning singer-songwriter and founder of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Showing determination and perseverance in the face of what seems to be an insurmountable task, the Little Engine reminds us all that no matter how hard things might be we should be kind and try.

All the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell and illustrated by Jenny Løvlie

Read by Dolly Diamond

When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else – cars, planes, cranes, trains – anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors – but will he be able to bring his mum around?

We all know a child who only wants to read books about…[enter theme]…and in the case of this book it’s tractors but throughout the book we come in contact with other vehicles in this delightful rhyming book.


Today, I have some video rhymes and written rhymes so there will be lots of singing and rhyming time.

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus
go round and round,
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus
go round and round,
All day long!

The people on the bus go up and down…
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
The baby on the bus goes ‘wah, wah, wah’…
The Mummy on the bus says ‘shh, shh, shh’…
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream

Rock, rock, rock your boat,
Gently on the tide
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
To the other side

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream! AHHHHH!

Take You Riding In My Car

I’ll take you riding in my car, car,
Take you riding in my car, car,
Take you riding in my car, car,
I’ll take you riding in my car.

The horn, it goes beep, beep
The horn, it goes beep, beep
The horn, it goes beep, beep
I’ll take you riding in my car.

The engine, it goes brrm, brrm
The engine, it goes brrm, brrm
The engine, it goes brrm, brrm
I’ll take you riding in my car.

The windscreen wipers go
swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish

I’ll take you riding in my car, car,
Take you riding in my car.

Take a Bus

Take a bus or
Take a train,
Take a boat or
Take a plane,
Take a taxi,
Take a car,
Maybe near or maybe far.

Take a rocket to the moon
But be sure to come back soon!


I want to talk to you about doing a fun craft with your kids.

Box Train/Car/Tractor/Boat/Combine Harvester

All you need for this is a box (a big box from your new, ergonomic chair. A small box from a pair of shoes)

And stuff to draw – crayons, paint, pencils, textas, etc.

As well as stuff to glue – scrap paper, scraps of cardboard, feathers, pipe cleaners, paper straws, etc.

Then ask your child to make this box into some form of transport (car, truck, ute, one of those huge mining trucks) and help them as needed. Talk to them about what they are doing and what they would like you to do to help (and it’s okay if they don’t want any help). Let them tell you what the vehicle is and what is does, what sound it makes and who travels inside. Ask them questions and answer theirs. The more talking you do the more fun it will be. And the more they have control of the project the more they will be learning.

Below are some photos from when we did this activity at the library and then all the kids used their box cars as a place to sit and listen to stories. Maybe this can be their new story time seat if it is big enough.

Outdoors Tip

A great way to keep entertained when we get out for our daily walk to keep our emotional and physical well-being high, is to make a game of it and make the time more about the world around them than the exercise or how bored they are.

Pick something to look for, whether it is rainbows or bears. You can also pick something different on different days – for instance, red cars, yellow flowers, etc. This keeps kid’s minds working as they walk and brings us out of the internal focus that can be so easy when we are stuck at home. A little mindfulness for our day.