Imagination Library Book Activity for Road Work Ahead

Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryBOOK TITLE: Road Work Ahead
AUTHOR: Anastasia Suen

SUMMARY OF BOOK: A boy and his mother drive to visit grandmother; she has made cookies for him. Along the way, they encounter various types of road work, workers on different jobs, and animals. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

  1. Talk to your child about workers and jobs that build things: houses, schools, roads. Which has she seen?
  2. Look at the cover of the book together: “What do you think this book is going to be about?”
  3. Talk about colors, the ones you see on the cover.


  1. As you go through the book, talk about the jobs you see on the pages, even ones not associated with road work: bus drivers, store owners, pizza delivery man, ice cream truck, etc. “What do they do?”
  2. Take the time to examine each page with your child; there is a lot going on!
  3. “What are the animals doing? The insects?” Follow the ducks, the chicken, the squirrel.
  4. Talk about the signs: on the street, on buildings, on vehicles, even on the pillow!
  5. Talk about the people’s faces: who are happy? Surprised? Angry?


  1. When you encounter workers that were in the book, relate it back to the story. “Remember when we read about…”
  2. Create a pretend driving experience with your child, either with a toy vehicle or two chairs. Pretend you’re driving to ______. What do you see?
  3. Talk about safety and what people and signs kept people safe. Look for them in your community.

Compliments of: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage

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