Book for kids aims to drive passion for trucking

Leo Barros

Little kids love trucks. They play with toy vehicles and garbage trucks that roll by their homes fascinate them. And suddenly, the interest wanes.

Sophia Sniegowski Begidzhanov aims to keep them engaged and attracted to the industry with Just In Time! Trucks for Kids – a free book that can be downloaded and printed at home.

The book illustrates the value of trucking in the supply chain. (Photo: Musket Transport)

“I wanted to create something tangible about my work for my daughter,” says the corporate communications officer for Musket Transport. “She is turning two in September, and I like to pick books for her. I realized that there were not a lot of books about the trucking industry available.”

Begidzhanov says, “I thought it would be a neat idea to put together a children’s book and also drive the point home for parents that trucking is a career option.”

Close friend Alana de Haan illustrated the book and cousin Sarah Adlewski, who lives in Madrid, Spain, translated it to French.

De Haan, a project manager at a construction company, loves to draw as a hobby. “I thought this would be a fun opportunity, and due to the pandemic, had a bit of extra time on my hands,” she says.

Sophia Sniegowski Begidzhanov (Photo: Submitted)

Begidzhanov created this book for Musket Transportation employees. “There are many parents that work at our company. I wanted something that was easily accessible and printable for them. Now we have the coloring book option, and the translation in French, to educate their kids on what they are doing every day at work,” she says.

“Our quality of life is based off trucks, how they deliver items. Even though you are buying everything online, people don’t necessarily connect that to the trucking industry and how valuable we are in the supply chain.”

Begidzhanov and de Haan took about a month to complete the project.

Alana de Haan (Photo: Submitted)

“I used my own illustrative style to make it more kid friendly and oversimplified the drawings for them. It’s great to get kids to understand the trucking industry and how their goods come to their door,” de Haan says.

“We created the coloring book option because not everyone has a color printer at home, so parents can print it out and the kids can add color to the story. It engages the child a little bit more,” Begidzhanov says.

She says the concept of free shipping when you are making that purchase online, is a discredit to the trucking industry because people think it is free when it is not.

“We already have a lot of stigma and stereotypes that we have to combat, that I felt this would be a fun way to shed a light on our industry and show that we are important to your quality of life and also support a child’s curiosity,” Begidzhanov says.

The book can be downloaded here.

Leo Barros

Leo Barros is the associate editor of Today’s Trucking. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, holds a CDL and has worked as a longhaul truck driver. Reach him at leo@newcom.ca

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  • This is great. We talked about this on Trucker Radio about 8 years ago and mentioned several children’s books, not just about trucks, but truckers as role models. There are plenty of truck books and truck toys but very little about the truck drivers. Our suggestion that this was a great way to introduce kids to trucks and truckers as real people and that trucking companies or the CTA could buy them as handouts at schools and events. Our suggestion was met with a yawn. I’d be happy to share the titles of two of those children’s books.

    The Tennessee Trucking Association actively promotes children’s books all about trucks and truckers. They also involve young kids in various events around the state.

    • We bought the book, “Tom, the Truck Driver” for our children, when they were young. Daddy’s name IS Tom, and he’s driven all their lives. They are now mostly grown, in college and graduating HS. Great help, that one was.

  • Nice idea but when these same kids volunteer at homeless shelters and see many former truck drivers they are no longer available to be truck drivers. We need to take better care of our own when get sick or injured.

  • If you have anyway to contact the authors, to get a PRINTED copy of the book for our local libraries, I’d be interested in purchase.

    Thank you!

    Anne