Today I’m delighted to have talented picture book author Rebecca J. Gomez here in celebration of her newest release TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST, co-written with Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Hilary Leung and published by Scholastic. In addition to possessing delightful story telling skills, Rebecca has a knack for creating extension activities and discussion ideas to enhance any storytime. Today she’s sharing some ideas for fostering book-themed conversation with little ones after reading her book. The extra neat thing is that these ideas can be applied to almost any book. Take it away, Rebecca!
When I was a little girl, just about to start Kindergarten, my mother walked the short route to school with me so that, when the first day of school came, I could walk there on my own with confidence. I remember walking together down our street, making a left turn, and cresting a hill. From the top of that hill, I could see my school. It was simple.
So, on the first day of Kindergarten, with both parents at work and my babysitter tending my younger siblings, I set out to school on my own with confidence! But that confidence vanished when I reached the top of the hill and there was no school in sight! Fortunately, I was able to retrace my steps and make it back home, where I cried on the front stoop until my mother returned from work.
It was a frightening experience that I have never repeated since, though I have had plenty of scary moments in my life. That is something we can all relate to; being lost and/or scared is a universal human experience. That’s what makes TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST such a relatable book. And that relatability opens the door for lots of good discussions.
With that in mind, I’d like to share five discussion topics to help you get the conversation going with your kiddos after reading TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST!
FIVE BOOK-THEMED CONVERSATION STARTERS
1. Start with something simple. What was your favorite party of the book? Why?
2. Make a life connection. Talk about a time when you were lost and/or scared. How did the situation get resolved?
3. Discuss illustration choices. Why do you think the illustrator included images of spooky shadows and glowing eyes in the pictures?
4. Talk about the story’s resolution. Mack and Rig were able to find their way once they were together again. Why do you think being together made a difference?
5. Life application! What might Mack and Rig have done differently in order to avoid getting separated? What should you do if you ever get lost?
Here are a few activity ideas to try after reading TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST:
1. Set up a track and have a race with your own toy trucks or cars Even better, set up your own version of Rugged Ride Park!
2. Draw a map of your neighborhood or a favorite playground.
3. Print and color this coloring page.
Have fun with your TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST story time!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca J. Gomez has been writing stories and poems for kids since she was five years old. She also loves to hike, draw, and play games with her husband and their three children. She also coauthored What About Moose? and Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks with Corey Rosen Schwartz. She is also the author of Federico and the Wolf. She lives in Nebraska, but you can visit her at rebeccajgomez.com.