As a parent (and when I was a teacher), I am always on the lookout for great books that will hold my children’s attention and engage their minds. I especially love when I can tie reading into our real life and things we do as a family, like some of the many Indy 500 events. There are so many great children’s books out there it can be hard to identify which ones to purchase, so hopefully this list can act as a starting point. The Indianapolis 500 is truly a community event in Indianapolis – even if you don’t attend. Celebrate racing and this historic city-wide celebration with some of these great books!
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Rookie Racers (birth-3)
Maisy’s Race Car: A Go with Maisy Board Book
Race Car (Go Books)
Go Books are three-dimensional board books cut in the shapes of vehicles. Children will have fun playing with these toy-like books as well as listening to the rhyming story inside.
Beginning Racers (preschool-mid-elementary)
National Geographic Readers: Race Day!
Experienced Drivers (upper elementary and up)
Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques
Do You Want to Work on a Race Car Pit Crew? (electronic version for Kindle and with the Kindle App)
R is for Race: A Stock Car Alphabet
The Physics of Nascar: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed