The Little Engine that Could shares the story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
Dear Read20 Families,
This month we are featuring Watty Piper’s The Little Engine that Could, which is the very first book children receive when they enroll in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Did you know that this is the 10th anniversary of the program in Tennessee? Your family might have enjoyed participating in the Imagination Library when your children were younger—the program promotes early literacy by mailing one free age-appropriate book per month to children from birth to age five, regardless of their family’s income. Studies show that 80% of a child's brain is developed by age 3, and reading can be the most important activity to promote healthy brain development. One of the barriers to reading is the absence of books in a child’s home. It’s a terrific accomplishment that the Imagination Library has mailed more than 20 million free books since it began, encouraging hundreds of thousands of Tennessee children to grow love for reading early in life.
The Little Engine that Could might be an easier book to read—but it’s a classic story to help teach children to believe in themselves and persevere in the face of difficulty. It can be fun to reread books you read as a child to enjoy the familiarity, grow confidence in literacy skills, and look for new lessons in the story. This could also be a terrific book for an older brother or sister to read with a younger sibling. I hope you enjoy the book of the month, and remember you can do anything you set your mind to if you take action, persevere and face your fears!
Keep up the great reading!
First Lady of Tennessee