a honk, toot,
An issue all about
BY TARA KNUDSON
ART BY NATALÍ SEJURO ALIAGA
alive with sound.
A gentle surprise is one of the
earliest things babies consider funny.
Read the ﬁrst three pages of this story
with dramatic excitement. Pause.
Ask the ﬁnal question with wide-eyed
surprise, then laughter.
ek Sweepers swish
and buses squeak,
fast trains whoosh
and car brakes shriek.
Sirens nee-naw on the street.
Trucks are coming through—
How can baby
ART BY HELENA BOGOSIAN
here choo choo
Read the sounds in order, pointing to
each vehicle. Use fun, silly voices. Then
skip about the grid at random. Invite
your baby to make the noises with you.
Let your toddler take turns pointing or
making the sounds. beep beep
PIN ART BY ISTOCK/LONELYSNAILDESIGN
beep beep vroom
whirr whirr choo choo
vroom putt putt
ART BY MATTIA CERATO
Help your child ﬁnd the boats in the picture. Admire other details together. Later, at
bath time, ﬂoat a toy boat. No boats? What other ﬂoating toys does your baby have?
MAGNIFYING GLASS ART BY ISTOCK/FRANKRAMSPOTT
BY LINDSAY BAYER
ART BY LIZ WILLIAMS
STORY My Favorite
My JET ﬂies
through the sky,
After reading this story aloud, give your child a clean
cardboard box. (Remove any staples or sticky tape
ﬁrst.) Help him or her play make-believe!
PHOTO BY ISTOCK/TOMPET80; NEXT PAGE (LEFT) BY ISTOCK/JUDWICK, (RIGHT) BY ISTOCK/RUSLANDASHINSKY
Art Note: First three pages, child is imagining the fun
rides. Four page, perspective pulls back to show that
child is playing in a big cardboard box.
My ROCKET SHIP
blasts to the moon.
My TRUCK goes
over hills and rocks.
In my favorite box!
BY DIANNE MORITZ
ART BY MARIE-NOËLLE HORVATH
Read the poem to your child and examine the picture
together. Is the bed really a car? No, it’s pretend!
Create your own bed theme with a new pillowcase
chosen by your child plus a dollop of imagination.
I like my big-boy bed.
It’s painted racecar red,
With a pillow for my head,
And a comfy, cozy spread.
That WAS a very
honk, toot, and beep Esme
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