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Start Your Reading Engines…

There’s a lot of talk in education circles about the literacy gender gap. Boys are lagging behind girls in reading and writing.

I’ve heard author Jon Scieszka of Guys on NPR talk about how to close this gap. One of his suggestions for closing the literacy gender gap is encouraging male role models for reading. 

I love reading to Baby Mwah, and so does my husband. But our choices of reading materials are quite different. While I’ve been reading Dr. Seuss, Mother Goose, Richard Scary, and other children’s classics, I’ve caught my husband reading Car and Driver Magazine and the Wall Street Journal to the baby with far greater enthusiasm than I’ve ever seen him muster for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. As exciting as Car and Driver Magazine is, I’m trying to encourage my husband to read more child-friendly books.  

I recently received review samples of some new transportation-themed children’s books, and I was happy to see that my car-loving husband enjoyed reading them as much as I do.

Roadwork! is chock full of illustrations showing each step of how a road is built. Vividly-illustrated pictures of machines, rhyming verses and fun sounds (screek, squelch, swish, ping, bang, tap, and more) make this book a joy to read.

Clemence and His Noisy Little Fire Engine: A Mini Bugs Book is part of the Mini Bugs Series. Learn the parts of the truck and make siren sounds as you race to the rescue on a fire engine with Clemence the bug and his friends.

If you’re tired of making animal noises while you read, go along for a car ride to Grandma’s House in Beep Beep or for a train ride in Choo Choo instead. Your pre-schooler will VROOM VROOM and BEEP BEEP along with the car and CLACK CLACK and TOOT TOOT along with the train.

Win It:
Candlewick Press is giving away a set of Mini Bugs books to one lucky Mamanista reader. For a chance to enter, visit and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm EST on September 19, 2008 letting us know your favorite Candlewick Press Children’s Book.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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133 Responses to "Start Your Reading Engines…"

  1. Ed Nemmers says:

    “Three Swishy Mermaid Tales”

  2. Liz Sawyer says:

    Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister is super!

  3. Millicent C. says:

    Times to play and also the three swishy mermainds!! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

  4. Julie B says:

    A Visitor for Bear…cute book!

  5. Alecia Gibson says:

    My favorite book is Judy Moody by Megan McDonald. Thanks!!

  6. Marilyn says:

    I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed.

  7. Peggy Gorman says:

    I would pick “Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister” looks like a fun read

  8. Lindsay Laird says:

    My son loves “Kiss Goodnight”

  9. Karen Rennirt says:

    My favorite is Baby Angels.

  10. Talitha Lee says:

    Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures

  11. jo anne apostol says:

    Guess how much i love you is our favorite book. My son and i make up our own ways of showing howmuch we love each other. SOmetimes, he uses a measuring tape… :) Funny guy!

  12. Patricia Hill says:

    I would love A Visitor for Bear for my grandkids.

  13. Kathy D says:

    Guess How Much I Love You


  14. sarah says:

    i like baby angels

  15. kathy pease says:

    i like All For Pie, Pie For All

  16. Michelle H. says:

    There are many nice books on this site, including “1-2-3 Follow Me!”.

  17. Kristan says:

    guess how much i love you.

  18. hazel hunt says:

    Who doesn’t love “Clarice Bean: The Utterly Complete Collection”

  19. Donna Kozar says:

    The book “Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out” looks good.

  20. Veronica Garrett says:

    Cinderella is my favorite.

  21. Janet says:

    I heart the Three Swishy Mermaid Tales!:)

  22. Lily Kwan says:

    Chancey of the Maury River sounds very interesting!

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