Subway by Christoph Niemann. This is currently the favorite book in the NYSCI Library. The story engages children who ride the subway and those who only know cars. We follow two children and their father as they spend a rainy day riding the various lines of the New York City subway system. Here is the author’s blog about creating the book.
We have developed a fun activity to accompany this story time. An annotated subway map is affixed to a magnet board. Each train line has a magnet. We discuss our five boroughs and our neighbors (NJ, Long Island, Westchester). As we progress through the book’s journey, listeners are invited to come up to the map and place the train letter/number on a mentioned station.
At the end of the book, we learn about every one’s train line and station name. Show us! we exclaim. A fun lesson in the meanings of maps, trains, local & express concept and the layout of New York City.