In this edition’s Army&You and Reading Force Book Club, service youngsters tell us what they thought of Trains, Trains, Trains! by Donna David and Nina Pirhonen…


It’s Archie’s new choice for his bedtime story. He absolutely loves it and counts along, picking out his favourite trains. It’s an easy read book that rhymes and is great for him to learn how to count. His favourite part is where you have to go back and find certain animals throughout the book. For me it’s great that they’ve added a ‘tips’ page for parents to really get their child interacting throughout. A solid favourite in our house, 10/10.


Both children really enjoyed the book. Zoe said: “I love reading this book, I wish there were books like this about other vehicles. We liked all the funny pictures.” Robin said: “I love the space rocket train, it goes zoom!”


We love this book! The illustrations are perfect for little eyes with all the colours to look at. As we flipped through the book seeing all the trains and numbers, Beatrice loved counting with us. Reading the book is easy and fun – the rhyming keeps her attention. Beatrice’s favourite part is the interactive section at the end (it’s a great addition and gives parents ideas on how to read it in a different way).


Reading Force is the free shared reading initiative for forces families where you can share a book and talk about it, together at home or via video call if separated from your soldier.

You’ll receive a free book and scrapbook to fill in with your thoughts, letters, drawings and photographs. It’s a fun way to keep connected. Teens will receive a special journal.

Take part via your children’s school, HIVE, or register online at

If your children would like to review books for the A &Y Book Club, email with their names and ages.

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