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Books To Read With Kids Around Labor Day

It’s almost time for Labor Day in the United States. That means it’s back to school for our students and teachers and, unfortunately, almost time for that last summer cookout. We’ve made a short list of books to read with your children to teach them about work and different jobs. All of the books on the list are part of our local collection at Tyson Library. If your family is interested in other books related to work and jobs, we’d be happy to help you find them during your next visit!

*Caption blurbs sourced from Goodreads*

Pig Pig Gets a Job by David M. McPhail

“Pig Pig thinks of all the jobs he could get, from cook to auto mechanic, and is enthusiastic about performing similar tasks for his family at home.”

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes….”

Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain

“When Mama turns her quilt-making hobby into a business, the Bear family worries that she won’t have time for them. But as everyone pitches in to help her, they realize that things aren’t so different after all—and they’re prouder of Mama than ever!”

Splat the Cat Gets a Job by Rob Scotton

“Splat is so excited to be the new newspaper cat! But getting up super early, keeping track of all those papers, and delivering to all those houses sure isn’t as easy as it looks. With help from Kitten, and some cool inventions, can Splat figure out how to toss papers like a pro?”

ASPCA Kids: Animals at Work by Liz Palika and Katherine A. Miller

“Animals work hard to make ourworld a better place Animals are so much more than companions–they make amazing contributions to the planet and to the human race. Here, you’ll learn about the dogs who are lending a paw to protect livestock, guide people who can’t see, pull sleds and wagons, and so much more. You’ll also get the scoop on the jobs other animals do, like horses who serve in the military and law enforcement, and even cats who control vermin and provide therapy to the sick and the elderly.”

Mail Carriers by Julie Murray

“Little readers will learn all about what mail carriers do, where they work, and why they are important in our communities. Very simple text combined with correlating and colorful images will both inform and strengthen reading skills.”

Ask us about the Community Helpers Series shelved in the Children’s Area to read more about other important jobs people do throughout every community.

Who Was Cesar Chavez? by Dana Meachen Rau

“When he was young, Cesar and his Mexican American family toiled in the fields as migrant farm workers. He knew all too well the hardships farm workers faced. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. Along with Dolores Huerta, he cofounded the National Farmworkers Association. His dedication to his work earned him numerous friends and supporters, including Robert Kennedy and Jesse Jackson.”

Have you enjoyed any of these books with your child? Do you have any you’d recommend to help explore work and different jobs? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!