Dynamic Book Duos: For Little Fans of Airplanes and Construction Equipment

Please welcome authors Brooke Hartman and Amy Baron to Dynamic Book Duos – a blog featuring two books that pair together in a meaningful way along with educational activities to strengthen reading skills. This week’s pairing is for little fans of airplanes and construction equipment.

PERFECT PAIR: For Little Fans of Airplanes and Construction Equipment

Both The Littlest Airplane written by Brooke Hartman and illustrated by John Joseph and The Gentle Bulldozer written by Amy Baron and illustrated by Rogerio Coelho feature airplanes and construction equipment. If your child loves things that go paired with gentle life lessons, light adventure, and big heart, these books will be their new favorites. 

Book 1: The Littlest Airplane

At a landing strip in the far north, a little bush plane watches quietly as bigger, stronger, faster planes take off for adventure. But when a storm hits and hikers are stranded on the mountain, who will come to the rescue? Told in rhyming verse with bright illustrations, The Littlest Airplane soars high with heart and excitement.

Book 2: The Gentle Bulldozer

Bulldozer spends his days on a construction site. He and his friends are tasked with an important job: to tear things down and smash things up. But Bulldozer dreams of something bigger–could he and his crew be made for more than this?


Activities for The Littlest Airplane:


Word Search:

Activities for The Gentle Bulldozer:

Construction Zone Sensory Bin

Fill a large plastic container with sand, rocks, toy trucks, and construction signs. To make “sand-cement,” mix sand with shaving cream.

Activity for Both Books:

City Scene:

Draw a city or town that includes airplane and construction characters from both books. What jobs are these characters doing to help the town or others in the scene? What other things that go can you add to the scene that might help with other jobs (hint: think of fire trucks or other emergency vehicles, mail or delivery trucks, busses, taxis, and helicopters).


Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw

Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw is an award-winning nonfiction children’s book author and former elementary special education teacher who is passionate about growing young minds. Suzanne’s first nonfiction picture book, I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks, debuted in April 2019 from Warren Publishing. Her second book Mighty Mahi launched from Doodle and Peck Publishing in March 2022. Suzanne enjoys speaking to schools about writing, leadership, and how kids can make a difference in our world. The proud momma of two grown boys, Suzanne lives in Waterford, MI with her husband and furry writing companion Ziggy. When she’s not dreaming up new writing projects, you can find her kayaking on the lake, hiking the trail, practicing at the yoga studio, or comparing paint swatches at the local Sherwin Williams.

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