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I Like Big Trucks and I Cannot Lie: The Brilliance of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site”

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Do you remember when in 2009 Donald Rumsfeld talked about the known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns?

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this to be foreshadowing to becoming a parent but, here we are, on a moms blog quoting Rumsfeld…

Construction vehicles, their purposes, their prowess, their majesty, were all unknown unknowns to me. Sure, I drove by construction vehicles. I knew there were differences but I never thought I should learn what the different trucks did or why they matter. I had no idea they would become such a big part of every drive and most bedtime reading once I had a toddler.


Fast-forward to cruising around anywhere in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. There seem to be an equal number of sandhill cranes as construction cranes.

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A big truck scavenger hunt can happen at any moment. This is pure ecstasy for my toddler. Seeing a dump truck or steamroller is basically like seeing a celebrity. He’s completely star struck.

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Playing in the scooper at the Touch a Truck Festival

The “unknowns” of trucks paired with my son’s fascination with them made me realize I had better be a quick study.

Enter Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is the triple threat of a children’s book:

  • It has excellent rhyming.
  • It teaches kids (and their parents!) about trucks.
  • It encourages slowing down, resting, and going to sleep.

I love this book because the words are so clever and the rhythm calming. I am always pleased when my son picks this as a bedtime book.

If you haven’t read it and if you haven’t given a copy to all of the little people in your life, please do so immediately. This sweet book takes the reader on a journey through a construction site that is going to bed. The author, Sherri Duskey Rinker, introduces her readers to all of the heavy hitters of a construction site: the crane truck lowering its last beam; the cement mixer, dizzy from all of its spinning, pouring out the last of the cement; and an excavator digging the last hole. All of the trucks get tucked in so they can sleep before the next day of work and play.

If your little one enjoys Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, here are a few other suggestions:

Steam Train Dream Train (Sherri Duskey Rinker)

Steam Train Dream Train is by the same author as Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. We read about all of the different cars of a train, its cargo, and how it gets ready for bed. It is another very sweet story complete with animals and dinosaurs.

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. (Richard Scarry)

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go is an old favorite, a classic kid’s book and has provided hours and hours of entertainment. Richard Scarry loads each page with a ton to look at for some silly fun.
Pro-Tip: As your little reader becomes older, it’s fun to find the Goldbug hiding on different pages.

Little Blue Truck (Alice Shertle)

Little Blue Truck is another favorite for us. This book combines a great message about helping others, rhymes, and includes both farm animals and trucks… a grand slam, if you ask my toddler.


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2 Responses to I Like Big Trucks and I Cannot Lie: The Brilliance of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site”

  1. Margaret Davis September 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm #


    This was great and so true. I love your blog posts and the pictures in this one were great !


    • Betsy September 13, 2018 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Margaret! May your day be graced with dump trucks galore!

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