Last week I made a visit to a library in my sphere of influence where the librarian had a couple of his reading promotional "tools" up and running. He has an interest in model trains and a toy train (for a grandchild when it's not at school) that he shares with his students.
Last year the students "built"track and bridges for a model train based on how many books they read and other library activities. While I was visiting, some 5th graders had earned points for driving the train.
The art class even got into the act by painting the structure to look like a more realistic bridge.
The kindergartners were treated to the children's classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. As the "engineer" read the story, members of the class got to ride the rails and blow the whistle of the mini-marvel! The youngsters are the kings of the campus during this adventures because they are the only ones "small" enough to ride...and the older students stand around in awe...with a tiny amount of jealousy mixed in!
Since most of the children are beginners in English, the librarian and teacher used this story time to work on basic English vocabulary related to trains and travel and trying!
By the way, do you know the "history" of that particular book and its "author" Watty Piper? It came up in conversation that there are no other books written by that particular author...a kind of one-hit wonder. Actually it is a pseudonym used by the publisher of the 1954 version of a story that has several names and a history going back a 100 years.