Weekly Trip to the Library
We celebrate Labor Day as the last weekend of summer by having picnics, barbecues, parades, and water sports. But, the holiday is the perfect time to teach kids about the jobs that people do as well. Here are some children’s books from Amazon.com and the book reviews included on the web site to share with children about the national holiday.
This children’s book is a basic overview of Labor Day for new readers. Color photographs reflect the short, easy-to-understand sentences that improve vocabulary and comprehension.
Labor Day by Mir Tamim Ansary
This book introduces Labor Day to children entering Kindergarten to second grade. It explains the historical events behind it, how it became a holiday, and how it is observed. Labor Day reminds readers that the labor-union movement brought about laws keeping children out of the workplace and in school.
Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman and Niki Walker
This book shares information about many careers. Occupations are enhanced by the photographs of workers. A great book to share with small children to teach about the many jobs that different people do.
Jobs People Do by Felicity Brooks
Daisy the Doctor (Jobs People Do)
For any kid who has ever wondered about what their Moms and Dads do when they are gone all day, this book provides some answers. Kids who have a working parent or who are curious about various professions will enjoy this introduction to a variety of jobs. They will learn about farmers, chefs, doctors, firefighters, teachers and veterinarians—some of whom they will have encountered early in life, like a doctor. There is a good range of professions, men and women, and ethnic groups. All of the scenes include models which are then photographed to become the images shown on the pages. The stories are interesting, fact-filled, and even have little extras at the end of each. At more than 100 pages, this is a big book. It looks like an oversized board book with its padded cover, but while the pages are sturdy, it is definitely not a board book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot