We have a train table packed with wooden tracks and tiny wooden trains (Ikea has very well-priced tracks and trains, if you're on a budget but want to get in on the train madness). Whenever we're on the road, Master W. is constantly scanning the scenery for trains, train bridges, railroad tracks and "jingle bells" (a.k.a. crossing lights and gates). And Miss C. loves to reconfigure our wooden train tracks over and over again.
You can imagine, then, how thrilled we are whenever we score a great train book at the library. One of our favorites this summer was 'Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine that Ran Away' by Virginia Lee Burton (yes, this is the same author who wrote the classic 'Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel'). Burton's is, of course, an amazing storyteller and illustrator and she put her gifts to good use when creating this story about a naughty little engine.